Until just a few weeks ago, we had no idea that modifying 1:64-scale die-cast toy cars was a thing, but then we Googled it and went down an entirely new rabbit hole. These enthusiast builders can seemingly replicate most cosmetic stuff people do to full-sized vehicles—swap wheels, repaint shells, widen track and extend fenders, et al—except they're working with the smallest of componentry. And the only person we found working in the scale who solely focuses on the same kinds of cars we feature on Super Street was a customizer who goes by the handle ART Customs 1/64.
ART Customs is a self-professed 1:64 customizer from Bangkok, Thailand, who makes to order and sells modified die-cast cars, like Hot Wheels. Every car he builds is unique—no two are alike he claims. He's associated with the Facebook group Hot Wheels Diecast Cars Thailand, which boasts some 87,000 members who all appear to be pretty hardcore collectors of the little cars we all grew up playing with. What ART Customs produces, however, are something else.
Armed with tools like sandpaper, superglue, a vice and a rotary tool like a Dremel, among other instruments, 1:64-scale die-cast car customizers (loosely known as Hot Wheels customizers, for obvious reasons) have been around for at least a generation, and probably longer, and start the same way most people do who want to modify a car, by taking it apart. There are well documented methods for deconstructing and reconstructing these wee whips, one of the best sources we found coming from Alex Whaley of Australia, who shares all of his expertise via his website, MyCustomHotWheels.com. While the process is indeed pretty intricate and requires a steady hand, Alex also warns it's fairly addicting, and seeing things like engine swaps and widebody fender applications, we can see the potential in customizing our favorite toy cars.
For his part, ART Customs has made some impressive small-scale replicas of both Japanese and European brand vehicles, a few of which we threw in our gallery; some of our favorites are the Honda and Nissan he's created, but he's also got Toyota, Subaru, BMW, Porsche, and others. We tried to reach out to ART Customs to get some additional background and photos but he was not the most responsive (we fear because of the language barrier). In any event, his social media channels indicate if you're interested in ordering and purchasing one of his one-off micro cars to hit him up via DM through his Facebook page.