Hey all, I could use some help from folks more knowledgeable/with larger collections than I. I've been scouring for all the "old-time" style castings I can find, but it seems some of the 1920s-era cars are either out of production or are produced few and far between. ($7.00 on eBay for a Model A pickup from 2019?!) The Old #3 seems plentiful and I love it, but I already have two and might only get another to paint blue and renumber. What I'm looking for input on now is all the hot rod and fantasy castings that have potential to be steampunk'd.
I've been digging through the "by decade of origin" section on the Hot Wheels wiki, but that doesn't help with sorting through all the fantasy castings. (Speaking of which, is there a similar "by decade of origin" reference somewhere for Matchbox? My Google-fu can't find one.) I just discovered the "Stagefright" hot rod via an eBay lot listing, which is probably the holy grail of steampunking material, with enough space to fit a small locomotive on the front. But - are there others more recent that I don't have to fight my own sense of "collectible preservation" to customize or plunk down $20 for?
Any and all suggestions welcome! I've got a whole organizer bin full of model train detail parts, so even castings with a general shape with some potential would work for my needs! Shoot me your ideas!