Chase cars

Posted by Jon Irvine at

The concept of “chase cars” has been around for 30+ years, but it’s something I’ve only found out about by setting up Modelmatic - and I like it!

Chase cars are limited edition versions of models distributed with regular cars. It’s a neat trick by manufacturers - the fact there’s fewer of them will make them more collectible, and much harder to find.

I’m still learning about which brands produce chase cars, and how to identify them, but I’m getting there with some of the brands we stock.

Greenlight Collectibles

Greenlight call their chase cars “Green Machines”. They’re found in their standard items, and their budget priced (Motor World) range. They’re generally 2% of any production.

They can be identified by the inclusion of emerald-green metallic paint on the body, chassis, rims, interiors or tyres. Some Green Machines have a combination. I’ve also seen the addition of extra irregular features, such as blue metallic rims.

Here's a couple of examples:

Greenlight Collectibles Muscle Series 8 - 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS "Green Machine", with metallic blue trims and metallic green chassis. (Someone didn't want this one, so I had it!)

Greenlight Collectibles Muscle Series 8 - 1969 Dodge Charger R/T SE "Green Machine", with metallic green chassis (you can't see it, but it is) and trims.

M2 Machines

M2 simply call their Chase cars “chases”. M2 Chases can have yellow paint where you’d expect to see chrome, or gold additions/variations. More recently, they've also been producing much harder to find raw versions.

Here’s a few examples:

M2 Machines Detroit-Muscle Release 28 - 1970 Dodge Super Bee 383. The car on the right is the chase car, limited to 500 production world wide.

M2 Machines Drivers Release 29 - 1966 Ford Mustang Fastback GT. The car on the right is the chase car, limited to 500 production world wide.

Hot Wheels

Hot Wheel call their chases "Treasure Hunts" and "Super Treasure Hunts", the Super ones being much rarer and therefore sought-after.

Both can usually be identified by the flame symbol hidden behind the cars on the blisters and flame or TH symbols on the cars themselves. Supers will have Real Rider typres (rubber).

Take a look at Hot Wheels pages on to see what you need to be looking for.

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