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Ever since Barbie came on the toy scene in 1959, she has driven some pretty impressive cars. In fact, her boyfriend, Ken, has reportedly only had two cars to himself over the years, while Barbie’s car collection has only continued to grow—and even inspired a few real-life Barbie cars.
Even though Barbie has had many different cars, many people seem to remember the Barbie pink Corvette the most. Interestingly, the Barbie pink Corvette was not the first car she drove; it didn’t come out until the 1970s. Since that time, different versions of the pink Corvette have been released.
Here’s a fun look back at just some of the coolest rides Barbie has driven.
The Barbie Corvette
The first Barbie pink Corvette was the Star Vette, which was released in 1976, according to Hagerty. In the U.S., it was a purple/pink convertible with a white interior.
Since then, many more Barbie Corvettes have been produced, and they have mostly moved with the times. Although the Barbie pink Corvette is the one most associated with the dolls, since that first Corvette, the car has come out in yellow, red, and blue, according to Autobytel. There was even a recent edition that matched the C5 version that came out in the 1990s.
Of course, there were also popular remote-control versions of the Corvettes. But according to Autobytel, they can be hard to find these days.
Beyond the Barbie pink Corvette, and a real-life Barbie car
Barbie has a history of driving some of the most luxurious cars. After all, one of the first cars she ever drove was a 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190SL, and there was no pink in sight. The primary colors were turquoise and orange. There were some variations, including powder blue and orange, turquoise and white, and powder blue and white.
Another vehicle often associated with Barbie is the Jeep Wrangler. Before it was a Power Wheels, the doll-sized version first appeared in the Barbie toy lineup in the 1970s like the pink Corvette. Since then, Barbie has been known to drive Jeeps frequently, so much so that it may have even inspired the real pink or purple-trimmed Jeeps you’ll see at off-road parks these days, according to The Drive.
After different versions of the Corvettes, a Volkswagen Golf, Jeep 4×4, and more, Barbie got a 1987 Ferrari 328 GTS. It was described as a “red-hot Barbie Ferrari” in TV commercials, but a white version came out later.
Then in 1988, Barbie got a classic car when she started driving a 1957 Chevy Bel Air in convertible form. It came in pink or turquoise and even had seat belts. If you can find one in excellent condition today, it will reportedly cost you $80–$125.
Barbie’s later cars
The 1990s represented a new era in Barbie cars. The toy company Mattel entered into some licensing and promotional agreements with car companies, movie studios, and entertainment organizations—increasing the number of cars Barbie drove.
There were still mostly convertibles in the lineup in those more recent years— like a BMW Z8, 2003 Ford Thunderbird, Lexus SC430, 2005 Ford Mustang, and a Ferrari 360 and 430 Spider.
There was also a family-oriented lineup of cars during this time, like a Volvo V70 station wagon, Volkswagen Vanagon, and Mercedes-Benz M-Class. Other favorites of the post-90s era were a pink golf cart, fold-out party bus, and Volkswagen New Beetle.
In addition to the diversity of cars, their colors became more diverse as well. The toy had come a long way from the Barbie pink Corvette, as cars were now available in blues, greens, whites, and purples.
Is there another Barbie car to come?
Given Barbie’s driving past, it will be fun to see what she drives next. If history is any indicator, she will definitely be riding in style no matter what she drives.
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