Which company would you say is the greatest at customizing classic cars in radical new fashions? No, no, and no is the answer to whatever you are thinking because the correct answer is Hot Wheels. Yes, Hot Wheels the toys, but bear with me. Hot Wheels takes classic automobiles and adds stupendous spoilers, engines and other things to them for the amusement of kids. Most of the custom jobs are more or less impossible in the real world, but every so often it is possible for life to imitate art.
That is what has happened with the “Whatta Drag,” a car commissioned by car collector Bruce Weiner based from a Hot Wheels toy car. The base for the “Whatta Drag” is the 1959 BMW Isetta, an iconic one seat bubble car, but this fantasy car is far removed from the Isetta’s famed city car image.
Weiner’s team slapped a massive 730-horsepower Chevy V8 at the back, and a classic style Hot Wheels giant spoiler to create a drag car with a difference. It works too, with power put down thanks to a two speed manual transmission, while the suspension is sourced from a BMW M3, and the custom 18-inch by 13-inch wheels will keep the “Whatta Car” hugging the asphalt.
Weiner is auctioning the car off in mid-February, and the price for a real life Hot Wheels car? Between $75,000 and $100,000.