That was rather anticlimactic. After a huge buildup and a massive media scrum, surely due at least in part to a fresh Hollywood movie, the Hot Wheels-branded Snake and Mongoose Funny Cars, which were sold together along with matching haulers, fizzled out at a cool million dollars at the 2014 Barrett-Jackson event.

Yes, a million bucks isn't a small sum of money, but it wasn't enough to meet the reserve price, which means that a sale was not made. We can't say with any degree of certainly why bidding didn't reach the high figures some were expecting, but perhaps buyers were dissuaded by the fact that the red 1972 Plymouth Duster Mongoose car is actually a replica, and that the two ramp trucks aren't original. The yellow 1970 Plymouth Barracuda Snake car, however, is a well-restored original – in fact, it's the only existing original in existence.

But then, a savior in the form of Rick Hendrick, a noted classic car enthusiast and NASCAR team owner, made a deal to purchase all four vehicles after the auction had ended. Check out our high-res gallery of live images above, then watch a video of the live auction below.


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      Nicholas Maher
      • 11 Months Ago
      Really " it's the only existing original in existence." Do you use words much?
        Will
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Nicholas Maher
        He clearly meant to say: "as opposed to the 'non-extisting' originals in existsence."
      Mike Hedworth
      • 11 Months Ago
      Also, both ramp trucks are the original ones, both restored by Prudhomme.
      LXbuilder
      • 11 Months Ago
      I'm sure I read elsewhere that both trucks are legit and that only the "Mongoose" car was a replica. I know for sure the trucks went through a few owners after they were used by Prudhomme and McEwen. By far the coolest lot at BJ this year if you love old day drag racing or collected Hot Wheels as a kid.
      FRD
      • 11 Months Ago
      It doesn't get any cooler than this.
      Mike Hedworth
      • 11 Months Ago
      Actually during the auction they mentioned the Mongoose FC as a replica.
      Jim
      • 11 Months Ago
      You are ALL wrong in one way or another! The only original items in the main pic is the track! I used to beat my siblings with those sections if there was a delay getting my mayonase and pepper sandwhiches.
      Fiero GT Racing
      • 11 Months Ago
      I can't believe only 1 milliom. The expensive restoration would be more than that. 3 body shops tried to do them. One was a Chicken coupe, almost 2 bad to redue. He left it and than changed His mind. BOTH were real ramp trucks. The red one was the oridigal one. The yellow one was a Sox & martin's Truck.Cars should be 1/2 million alone at least... A real 60's Drag Car... Rick got a deal. Part of the $$Money$$ goes to a charity..
      Tony Akinremi
      • 11 Months Ago
      I heard some of the money raised goes to Charity.