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I swear there was a thread about this before, but the search didnt find it, anyway I found a "Mint Edition Chase Car" Ertl 2004 GTO in Bare Metal, at TRU no less, and on sale for $16.49!!! Just kinda curious about what it is and what the rarity of the car is... I know its some sort of limited edition....
Anyway, if it dose have any rarity, then how much is it destroyed if I remove it from the box to display it??? Im not a "collector" of diecast, but I dont want to "destroy" some sort of valuable collectible..... Ill admit i already have the blue chrome 04 GTO , thats one of like 1750, and its opened and displayed,

I guess I want to have my cake and eat it to.... Thanks for the Info, and here is a pic for everyone to enjoy!
 

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mec011 said:
I swear there was a thread about this before, but the search didnt find it, anyway I found a "Mint Edition Chase Car" Ertl 2004 GTO in Bare Metal, at TRU no less, and on sale for $16.49!!! Just kinda curious about what it is and what the rarity of the car is... I know its some sort of limited edition....
Anyway, if it dose have any rarity, then how much is it destroyed if I remove it from the box to display it??? Im not a "collector" of diecast, but I dont want to "destroy" some sort of valuable collectible..... Ill admit i already have the blue chrome 04 GTO , thats one of like 1750, and its opened and displayed,

I guess I want to have my cake and eat it to.... Thanks for the Info, and here is a pic for everyone to enjoy!
I saw a few of these at TRU as well. It was $22 at my TRU. Not sure if its worth anything though.. :confused
 

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The bare metal looks great :nicejob
I am not a fan of the GTO but I like the silver look of yours :cheers
 

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Ok this is getting bad, i just joined this forum & i keep seeing things I MUST have.

I blame DiecastX for this :giggle

Must say u have a :cool1 Model.

Will have to keep my eyes out 4 one, I do like it.

:cheers

Mike
 

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FordGT said:
I think DetourDave has one of these :confused Maybe he has some info on it :confused :cheers
Absolutely correct FGT, I do have one of these 2004 GTO Chase Cars.

RC2, RCE, Ertl - whatever you want to call them - has been doing these chase cars for a while now. The early chase cars were a polished bare metal finish, meaning no paint at all. I think they put a mild clear coat over the bare metal. A couple years into the whole chase car thing, Ertl started doing the chase cars in what was called "black chrome". It was a reflective shadow grey coat applied to the car - not bare metal anymore - covered in a clear coat. The "black chrome" cars had a high gloss and looked pretty sharp.

I haven't seen as many chase cars being done today, in fact, the 2004 GTO is the first one I've seen in a while. Other limited edition companies like Supercars & PYE will usually have a few gold plated or black chrome cars tacked on to the end of an order they commissioned Ertl to do, but these aren't usually referred to as chase cars. These are truly rare collectors items. Many of Supercars gold plated cars are 1 of 6 or 1 of 12, usually going for well over $600-$700 at auction.

The 2004 GTO returns to the original chase car style in that its finish is bare metal. These are limited to 1 of 500 and I've read reports that of these 500, the interior colors are randomly different. My GTO chase car has a red interior, but I've also read about some with a purple interior. Not sure which, if either, is the more predominant color used in the chase car. Could be 250 have a red interior & the other 250 have a purple interior????

As far as value goes, the chase car market has really dropped in the past couple years. When these first hit the market, they easily got $100 if not well over that mark. The only chase car to break the $100 mark in the past year - that I'm aware of - was the 1970 Plymouth Superbird. These went consistently for $150. Nowadays, it seems the "average" for the chase cars is around the $50 mark if not less. I just did a search on eBay and found 2 of the chase cars - one at $30.55 and the other with a Buy It Now of $59.95, but no bites.

One thing that could be hurting the value of the GTO chase car is that it really closely resembles the Quicksilver regular release. In fact, when I went back to the shop where I bought my chase car from, I almost walked out with the Quicksilver version versus the actual chase car. The packaging is identical and even though the chase car is bare metal, it looks very close to the Quicksilver version. The easiest identifying marker to look for is the "Mint Edition Chase Car" sticker in the upper right hand side of the window box. If the GTO you're looking at doesn't have this sticker, chances are its not the chase car. And considering I've read multiple reports of collectors finding more than one "chase car" at their local Toys R Us or other places, I suspect they're actually finding the regular release Quicksilver GTO. I find it hard to believe that all 500 of the chase cars were shipped to a handful of Toys R Us stores up & down the east coast.

As far as taking it out of the packaging, naturally a true "Mint in Box" "Never Removed" is going to hold slightly more value than if you take it out of the box. I don't know that these chase cars will ever hold that much value though, so I decided to enjoy mine and put it on display with my other cars. But the choice to do so is up to the collector. If I ever decided to sell mine, I'm confident I'd at least get back what I put into it.



 

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Sounds like I should have purchased that chase GTO car when I saw it. It did say Mint Edition Chase Car on it. And yes, do look very identical to the other ones, so I didn't think it was different at the time :confused
 

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cdx008 said:
Sounds like I should have purchased that chase GTO car when I saw it. It did say Mint Edition Chase Car on it. And yes, do look very identical to the other ones, so I didn't think it was different at the time :confused
If you want a rare (1 of 500) piece to display with your collection, the chase cars are nice pieces. The finish is rough looking (bare metal) but the novelty makes them cool.

But I wouldn't recommend buying the GTO chase car as an investment. As I said, the chase car market has dropped from a $100 average to a high of $50 nowadays. So far, I haven't seen any 2004 GTO chase cars go for more than $50.

If you go back to wherever you saw the GTO chase car, chances are it may still be there as it blends in so well with the other Quicksilver release.
 

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I actually like this car very much. (At first, I thought it was a horribly painted Quicksilver one :giggle :scared )I wasn't thinking about it as investment. The price of $22 was pretty good too. I've been buying a bit too many diecasts for the pst few months.. so time to slow down :lol

Thanks for the info! :cheers
 

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DetourDave said:
I find it hard to believe that all 500 of the chase cars were shipped to a handful of Toys R Us stores up & down the east coast.
Hey Dave,
I have found 3 of them in the Houston area, so I take it they made it to other TRUs in the US. I kept one, gave one out as a gift and decided not to pick up the third one, because as you said the "chase car market" is not what it used to be. All three that I put my hands on were the darker red/maroon interior. And like it has been stated elsewhere, the serial number has a letter next to it. Mine is 407C of 500, does this mean there is a 407A and a 407B?

This was a car that I was not going to add to my collection, but I will since the chase version is a bit different.

I have never trusted Ertl/RC2 numbers since the time I go this:
 
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are there any of these GTO models that are painted.. I am tempted to try and get one to go with my Holden Monaro seeing they are pretty much the same car just with different badging etc.... would be cool to have both versions together..
 

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cdx008 said:
I actually like this car very much. (At first, I thought it was a horribly painted Quicksilver one :giggle :scared )I wasn't thinking about it as investment. The price of $22 was pretty good too. I've been buying a bit too many diecasts for the pst few months.. so time to slow down :lol

Thanks for the info! :cheers
:iagree Hope I find 1 here in OZ.

:cheers

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FordGT said:
First of all, congrats! :cheers , Great lookking car that is :cheers

I think DetourDave has one of these :confused Maybe he has some info on it :confused :cheers
:iagree :cheers :cheers :cheers
 

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Hey Dave,
I have found 3 of them in the Houston area, so I take it they made it to other TRUs in the US.

And like it has been stated elsewhere, the serial number has a letter next to it. Mine is 407C of 500, does this mean there is a 407A and a 407B?

I have never trusted Ertl/RC2 numbers
Hey Al

I was only kidding about the east coast thing. Its just that I've seen so many reports of people finding the chase cars, and in most cases, it seems they're finding more than one. Hard to believe for a car thats supposedly limited to only 500!! But like you said, I guess I shouldn't trust Ertl #'s anymore!!

:lol

I know I pointed out my chase car was #100-something with a "C" after it. Not sure if that stood for "chase" car or if it meant there was an A, B, C, D, E......& so on out there of the same production #. If that's the case, there could be well over 10,000 of these chase cars out there!! :confused
 

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Okay, well, I took a look at mine, and it has a Purple interior, and the license plate decal is PLEASE SUPPORT **THIS** COMMUNITY!. from the picture Dave posted of his, so go figure, Anyways, thanks for the Info, Looks like Ill go with what I was going to do and open and display it, but I dont have time to unpack it right now, but ill get the number off the chasie once its out!
Thanks guys!
 
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