2018 50¢ Hot Wheels: Rigor Motor (1994)
Value: 50¢ 1-ounce First-Class Rate (Forever)
Issue Date: September 29, 2018
First Day City: Fort Worth, TX
Type of Stamp: Definitive
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method: Offset
Format: Pane of 20
Quantity Printed: 100,000,000
One of the most memorable Hot Wheels released in 1994 was the Rigor Motor. The spooky Halloween-themed car was inspired by a hit television show from 30 years earlier – The Munsters.
The Rigor Motor (a play on rigor mortis) was loosely based on the Munster family car, the DRAG-U-LA. The DRAG-U-LA was designed by famed show car designer Tom Daniel, working for George Barris (who designed the Munster Koach and the Batmobile). The show's car was made with a real fiberglass coffin, a Ford Mustang V-8 engine, silver spider hubcaps, organ pipe exhaust pipes, a gravestone license plate, and antique lamps in place of head and tail lights.
The Rigor Motor borrowed several elements from the Munsters' car, namely the coffin shape, organ pipe exhaust, and rear seating under a large plastic bubble. When first released in 1994, the Rigor Motor sported a ruby-red metallic paint job. The following year, it was released with all exposed metal painted with metal-flake black, which became popular among Hot Wheels fans. In the years since, the Rigor Motor has appeared in a variety of other colors.
The Rigor Motor has become a mainstay of Hot Wheels' Fright Cars, Grave Rave, Skull and Crossbones, and Dark Rider series, making it a perennial Halloween favorite.