Holley and Weiand Help Power Gas Monkey Garage Hot Wheels Corvette

By: Alex Healey | 12/14/2015 < Back to Motor Life Home
The crew at Gas Monkey Garage recently took on a very cool project. Most car enthusiasts can trace the roots of their hobby (or obsession) to playing with 1:64 scale die cast cars on the floors of their childhood homes. I can definitely count myself as someone who started on that path. When you think of toy cars, Hot Wheels is the name that immediately comes to mind, and for good reason. Hot Wheels started in 1968 and has been inspiring young and old gearheads alike since then. In '68, Hot Wheels debuted with 16 cars, referred to as the "Sweet 16" by collectors. That Sweet 16 included 10 cars that were based upon customized versions of regular production automobiles of the era, and six were based upon real show cars and cars designed and built for racing. All of the cars featured Spectraflame paintwork, bearings, redline wheels, and working suspension. One of the Sweet 16 cars was a custom Corvette, and Gas Monkey took on converting it into a 1:1 scale version of that car, with their own unique touches as well. Holley and Weiand provided one of those unique touches. Unlike the original 1968 Hot Wheels Corvette, this one prominently features a Weiand supercharger and dual Holley four-barrel carburetors standing far above the stock hoodline.
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