From thousands of Hot Wheels to Just One

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Wes lays tile for a living. Apparently a lot of it. He has amassed a collection of 10,000 Hot Wheels cars over the last few decades, though none of them were from his youth. The cars he had in his youth were all destroyed in a fire. Not to worry, he's making up for it now. He's not actually giving up his Hot Wheels, rather he's putting his focus into his latest Hot Wheels acquisition.

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What you see before you is the 2013 Camaro Hot Wheels® Special Edition. In fact, it is the first, and so far, only production life-size Hot Wheels car. According to Chevrolet "this limited, special edition Camaro is a dream come true for millions of fans, collectors and anyone who remembers feeling that kid-like sense of wonder." Wes is one of those fans and he managed to buy one. Plus, he got a great deal. The car stickered at approximately $45,000. After some serious haggling, he drove off in his childhood dream for a bargain deal of $39,000.

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Wes did manage to add a few more items to his collection: the Hot Wheels toy car his vehicle is based upon, as well as other paraphernalia to make visits to auto gatherings a little more interesting for onlookers. But what's more interesting to me is that Wes' new ride has a proper manual transmission. No silly flappy paddles for Wes.

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Childhood dreams can and do come true. Just ask Wes.

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