Error cars are
Hot Wheels that have something wrong with them, such as mismatched wheels and missing parts.
One off-shoot of some Hot Wheels collectors are what are considered as "Error Cars". In general, error cars are examples of Hot Wheels with some sort of odd difference that gets by the manufacturer's Quality Control.
There are a lot of different varieties found that can be considered as errors. These would include both vehicle and packaging mistakes. Some of the common vehicle errors are mismatched wheels, missing, broken or loose parts and tampo oddities. Packaging errors include vehicles packaged on the wrong card or blister bubble, cars packaged upside down or turned to the left versus the standard right-facing packaging. What some collectors might see as an "error", if more than one example of the mistake is discovered, others might call it a "Variation".
It's impossible to put a value on these oddities, even though they can be far more rare than any other Hot Wheels found. Error Collectors are a niche that determine the value of each individual example. Since errors can be faked, there's not a big demand for them in the secondary market.
Error Hot Wheels
These are examples of errors that have been found.
Vehicles found with incorrect/non-matching wheels
with one rear Matchbox wheel. I found this new in the package, back in '97. This was BEFORE Hot Wheels and Matchbox merged. Unfortunately I removed it from the package, but trust me, I don't fake errors.
Black Wall Rear, White Wall Front.
Not certain if this is an error or variant. 5sp front wheels, haven't seen this version listed anywhere.
The incorrect back wheel seems to be a reasonably common error on this years model.
The foil missing from the back wheel 'error' still seems to be a fairly rare occurence.
This very rare light blue Bugatti Veyron has the back wheel bent under the chassis. It would be interesting to know if other examples exist?
Here is a Dodge SRT8 with incorrect front wheels.
This is a Ferrari 360 Modena from the 2010 Ferrari 5 Pack with the incorrect back wheels.
This Howlin' Heat has most of the spokes missing from the back wheel.
This Nissan 370z has 5sp back wheels.
The left front wheel on this Classic Caddy is not all White. The wheels are supposed to be WW.
67 Pontiac Firebird 400,Another Wheels.
This Honda S2000 has 3, standard gold wheels, then the front right wheel is not so standard in black.
The Dodge Challenger Funny Car is missing it's back axle.
the bottom part of the wheel on this IROC firebird is black. they should be all silver.
Sixy Beast has Co-Mo wheels in the middle axle.
This Porsche is missing the silver off the front wheel.
Back Slider with incorrect back wheels
Fast Fish with small wheels front and back
front wheels are dif from the back
Missing interiors,seat and bumper.
the roof is gone!
the glass which is connecting with the window's and sunroor wasnt there.
yup...as you can see...the wheels do not match!
appears to have at least one white/silver wheel can't see back ones
three red wheels and one silver wheel
One of a kind error ! Interior installed upside down
Whoopss! 2013 Viper With Incorrect Wheels
2012 Dirty Outlaw with no wheels
Both front and rear wheels of this
2012 Laguna Seca are of the same size. Normal cars should have larger rear wheels.
2012 Baja Breaker with the rear wheels stuck and not able to move.
This Custom '53 Chevy has one black wheel and three chrome wheels.
Porsche 914-6 with a bent front axle and an incorrectly molded wheel
This Carbonator Treasure Hunt is missing the chrome around the rear wheel.
missing front axle (I actually talked the Toys R Us Manager into a reduced price since it was "broken". just call me Mr. McCheapee;-)
This Firebird 400 is missing its windows.
This cadillac won't win any races with its front axle missing!
This Chevelle SS is missing its windows.
Air Splitter missing its front axle
Volkswagen Type 181 with no rear axle.
This Low Drag is missing a fender.
'69 Shelby GT 500 missing its windshield
Double error? This windows isn't in correct position. And there's some cloth behind the hood.
1969 Camaro without windshield
The rear red cover/hood in this
2013 Ford F150 is missing.
Porsche Boxster Spyder missing its windshield
packaged upside down.
Packaged with a
blister (some might consider it as a package variation).
'64 Lincoln Continental in '70 Plymouth Superbird packaging.
GMC Motorhome facing the wrong way.
One too many at lunch time perhaps!
Dairy Delivery Trailer Edition on wrong card.
Doesn't happen too often but a nice one to have in the collection.
This is a 2009 issue Corvette in 2010 Scorcher packaging.
The car is the #92 Ground FX but the car belongs to the #94 Urban Agent.
Corvette Grand Sport upside down on packaging.
Package says 1962 Chevy Bubble Top, should be Mad Propz.
'56 Merc wrong way in packaging.
Buick GSX wrong way in packaging
67 Camaro wrong way in packaging
Ford Stake Bed in a Zender Fact 4 packaging
Two Toyota Tundras going opposite directions
2012 Thrill Racer Spectra packing with Blast Lane item inside
Jet Threat is mispelled on card.
Different writing between ™ symbol and ® symbol for 2011 HW Premiere (New Models) cards, not sure about the ® is error or not.
one on the top suppouse to be OCC Super Thunt. But what was in side is Reguler thunt!
Rodzilla with no "Year of The Dragon" series printed on card
Tampo Errors / Wrong Placement
The tampo on top is offset so much, it cuts into wheel well. The vehicle below also has tampo offset, but not as extreme.
This NSX has a very smudged tampo on the door.
This Dodge Viper has a silver tampo line across the door and a very heavy silver line across the bottom sill.
The passenger side 1/4 panel tampo is shredded on this 69 Charger.
The center section of the side is painted silver on this yellow '63 Corvette Grand Sport.
This '67 Chevelle SS is missing its tampo print.
The dark red '67 Chevelle SS also missing its tampo.
This Firebird 400 is missing its tampo print.
This Firebird 400 tampo is shredded.
This 69 Cougar Eliminator tampo is smeared & off-line, but you can still see the original.
This Custom '42 Jeep is missing its door tampos. I now have 3 of these so it may just be a variant.
Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 with displaced tail lights.
Someone kinda forgot to finish the stripe on this Mustang!!
Ferrari 458 missing the Pininfarina logo on sides
the bottom car does not have decals
found two error custom 11 camaro's short cards without decals at walmart
2012 '10 Camaro SS (Kmart Exclusives) - The top one is a normal car and the one at the bottom has a badly misaligned tampo.
A 2013 Phaeton with tampos and other phaeton not
2012 HW Premire #10 with the right side tampos missing, but the left tampos are correct.
Misaligned tampo (yellow stripe) on this red Ford GTX1.
'69 Ford Torino Talladega with the side tampo applied many times
'13 Ford Mustang GT with misaligned side tampo
So Fine has an only partly chromed grille, rest is black. This is a very rare error (possibly unique?)
1994 Dinty Moore mail-order Hiway Hauler. The machine has a slip-up with the plastic on the grill when carving the grooves into it.
Engine attached backwards (some might consider it as a variation).
Packaged with an extra axle with one wheel attached.
The interior of this 'vette has been inserted incorrectly.
This '56 Merc was very badly assembled.
A Nissan GTR 2010 model with a front left hanging off.
RetroActive with engine loose in packaging
Armoured Truck with back door loose in packaging
Ford GT incorrect assembly
56 Merc with melted back lights
Lamborghini Roadster with excess flashing on wheel arch
Batman need a new licencedmechanic to fix the engine potition to make his Batmobile can go and start action!
what catagories should i put this one??? The one on the top come out with larger back wheels and the body look more fat than others....
Backwards Rear Spoiler
TH Pontiac GTO with misplaced "glass" piece
TH Pontiac GTO with misplaced "glass" piece - 2
Megane Trophy; car body is loose from base. Similar errors have been reported in other similar cases (2012 case L for Malaysia)
WHAT PIECE IS THIS ???????
Track T with a bent front axle
Ferrari FF with the body not snapped onto the base
This Acura NSX has a front axle which is bent in the middle.
Volkswagen Kool Kombi with an extra piece of metal pushing down on the base