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  • Monster
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    Originally posted by classicbern1 View Post
    Do you have a large collection of hot wheels ?
    I have a few 1000 myself.
    Not really, I only have the original ones I bought as a kid from '68 to '70.
    Most of the pictures are from models that are currently for sale on FeeBay ...

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  • cstmwgn
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    Originally posted by White Monster View Post
    Bernie, I don't have any "free" time
    So we have discovered yet ANOTHER overpriced resource here in Florida
    Last edited by cstmwgn; January 16, 2012, 07:53 AM.

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  • classicbern1
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    Originally posted by White Monster View Post
    Bernie, I don't have any "free" time, but this is one of the things that takes a few, of my precious minutes every day.
    I'm just messin with you do you have a large collection of hot wheelsI have a few 1000 myself

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  • Monster
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    Originally posted by classicbern1 View Post
    Steve you got way too much free time!!!
    Bernie, I don't have any "free" time, but this is one of the things that takes a few, of my precious minutes every day.

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  • Vsolo
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    Originally posted by classicbern1 View Post
    Steve you got way too much free time!!!
    We all have our unusual hobbies, this is good Trivial Pursuit info

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  • classicbern1
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    [QUOTE=White Monster;597047][FONT="Georgia"][SIZE="3"]American Victory
    Mattel based this model on a McLaren-style race car. It features a metal interior and an exposed metal engine behind the cockpit. In another cost-cutting move for Mattel, some models such as this one came with plastic rather than metal bases. The tampo design resembles a stylized American flag, The tampo has a blue field with five white stars. Red and white stripes flow behind the blue field and turn into flames over the back wheel. The number "9" is centered in the field of stripes and is the color of the car.
    It was issued only in Light Blue enamel.

    Steve you got way too much free time!!!

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  • Monster
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    Gremlin Grinder
    Mattel based this model on the 1974 Gremlin two-door sedan from the American Motors Corporation (AMC). Mattel's designer stretched the hood so it would accommodate a large, exposed engine.





    The tampo design features a yellow stripe that surrounds the engine on the hood and continues around the roof. A yellow X trimmed in black is printed in the center of the roof. A drawing of a gremlin is centered in the X and is printed in orange and black.



    This model was issued only in Dark Green enamel paint, but there was one variation. Herfy's restaurant partnered with Mattel for an in-store promotion - on this model, the tampo remains the same as described above, but with the Herfy's restaurant logo, printed in yellow, on the sides and was issued in a plastic bag with a cardboard header.

    Front view, showing the classic Gremlin grill.



    A rear view.



    The chrome plastic base, with Gremlin Grinder molded into the casting.



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  • Monster
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    Emergency Squad
    Mattel based this model on a fire department first aid vehicle, which features two blue plastic lights, molded fire hose and oxygen tanks that extend through openings in the roof and bed of the vehicle. This model was issued only in Red enamel paint and has a chrome plastic base that is also used with the Ranger Rig and Ramblin' Wrecker.



    The tampo design features a yellow stripe on each side that runs the length of the vehicle. A white shield with a red diagonal stripe and three red stars is printed on each door panel. The words "EMERGENCY UNIT" are printed in white below the shield. The number "50" is printed in yellow on the rear quarter panel. The words "OXYGEN" and "FIRST AID" are printed in white trimmed by white box outlines that are printed on doors cast into the sides of the vehicle.



    The top view shows the blue plastic lights, fire hose and oxygen tanks that extend through openings in the roof and bed.



    An Emergency Squad in original Blister Pack.



    Close-up of a mint model in the original packaging.



    This bottom view shows the chrome plastic base, that does not have the model name cast into it, because it was used on more than one model.



    An example of a later issue "Blackwall" Emergency Squad in original packaging.



    Last edited by Monster; January 8, 2012, 07:01 AM.

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  • Monster
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    Chevy Monza 2+2
    This model is based on the 1975 two-door Monza 2+2 hatch-back from Chevrolet. The Chevy Monza 2+2 this year was only released in Orange and Light Green enamel paint, although Mattel issued this model in special Silver Chrome with a Winter Ball tampo design, as a Christmas gift to members of management.



    The tampo design features two black stripes that run the length of the car from head-light to taillight over the hood, roof, and trunk. On the hood portion of each stripe, the word "MONZA" appears in black and a distinct black pinstripe block appears between the two stripes on the hood, roof, and trunk.



    A French only blackwall model, still in the Blister.



    A Chrome Monza, with a Yellow trimmed stripe.







    A later issued Monza in Yellow enamel paint shows the tampo design, which stayed the same, just using a different color scheme.



    The later released Yellow Monza, still in the Blister Pack.



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  • 70chevyC-10
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    and that's 200wins to the left of BluLightning

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  • Monster
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    BluLightening, Earl and Mint Julep ?
    Last edited by Monster; January 6, 2012, 08:09 AM.

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  • Monster
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    Backwoods Bomb
    This model is a generically styled pickup truck and has a white plastic removable camper shell. The base is made of chromed plastic and in another cost-cutting move, this base was designed to be used with other castings in the lineup, such as the Super Van and Emergency Squad.



    The tampo design features a yellow stripe that runs the length of the car along the top over each side. In the portion of the stripe under the camper shell, the words "KEEP ON CAMPING" are cut out of the stripe and are the color of the car. A green stripe runs the length of the car along the bottom on each side. A green panel, trimmed in blue with a yellow block insert fills in the space between the two stripes and the front and back wheels.



    The Backwoods Bomb was issued only in Light Blue enamel paint this year.



    A close-up view of the white plastic removable camper shell.



    The new base this year is made of chromed plastic and was designed to be used with other castings, which is why the model name is not molded into the casting.



    A Backwoods Bomb in a Blister Pack.



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  • Monster
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    American Victory
    Mattel based this model on a McLaren-style race car. It features a metal interior and an exposed metal engine behind the cockpit. In another cost-cutting move for Mattel, some models such as this one came with plastic rather than metal bases. The tampo design resembles a stylized American flag, The tampo has a blue field with five white stars. Red and white stripes flow behind the blue field and turn into flames over the back wheel. The number "9" is centered in the field of stripes and is the color of the car.
    It was issued only in Light Blue enamel.














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  • Monster
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    1975
    The Hot Wheels line doubled in size in 1975. All 24 models from 1974 were continued and were joined by 24 additional models, most of which were new castings (Mattel recycled three more castings from previous years for this year's "new" models).

    The blisterpack changed again this year, but only slightly. The size of the blister was reduced from 4-1/2" x 7" to 4-1/4" x 6-1/2". The blister has been the same size ever since, although its artwork has changed several times throughout the years.

    An example of the 1975 Blister Pack, with a Porsche Carrera model in White enamel, with a 79-cent price sticker from Target.



    New 1975 Models
    American Victory
    Backwoods Bomb
    Chevy Monza 2+2
    Emergency Squad
    Gremlin Grinder
    Gun Slinger
    Large Charge
    Monte Carlo Stocker
    Motocross I
    Paramedic
    Porsche Carrera / P-911
    Ramblin' Wrecker
    Ranger Rig
    Sand Drifter
    Street Eater
    Super Van
    Torino Stocker
    Tough Customer
    Vega Bomb

    The Tough Customer was only issued in Olive enamel and is the first tank to appear in the Hot Wheels line-up.



    "Old Casting" Models Re-issued
    Alive '55 (Classic Nomad)
    Baja Bruiser
    Breakaway Bucket
    Buzz Off (TriBaby)
    Carabo
    Chief's Special (Police Cruiser)
    Dune Daddy (Sand Crab)
    El Ray Special
    Ferrari 312P
    Funny Money
    Grass Hopper
    Heavy Chevy
    Ice 'T'
    Mercedes-Benz C111
    Mightly Maverick (Street Snorter)
    Mustang Stocker (Boss Hoss)
    Paddy Wagon
    Police Cruiser (Olds 442)
    Porsche 917
    Prowler (The Demon)
    Rash T (Brabham-Repco F1)
    Red Baron
    Rodger Dodger
    Sir Rodney Roadster
    Steam Roller
    Top Eliminator (Mongoose & Snake)
    Volkswagen (Custom Volkswagen)
    Warpath (Xploder)
    Winnipeg (Chaparral 2G)

    The Mustang Stocker was the Boss Hoss casting with new paint (issued in White or Yellow enamel only), with a racing tampo design, but different color sets for each car color.



    Mattel introduced plastic bases for the cars this year and in a brilliant cost-cutting move, created several castings that shared one common base. The bodies from some of these models were reused for other cars with the addition of a camper shell, truck bed, or new interior. Sometimes, it just took a new paint scheme to make the casting "new." Mattel managed to create the appearance that the line was made up of more new models than it really was. In reality, nine of the new models issued this year were made up of these assorted pieces (Backwoods Bomb, Emergency Squad, Gun Slinger, Motocross I, Paramedic, Ramblin' Wrecker, Ranger Rig, Street Eater, and Super Van).

    The bottom of this Super Van, shows the new plastic base and the lack of a model name, since this base was shared with the Paramedic.



    There was another very noticeable change to the lineup this year. Most of the muscle cars and concept designs were gone. These were replaced with normal looking cars, including a van, two rescue vehicles, and two pickup trucks. America was not buying the flashy muscle cars anymore since gas was now a dollar a gallon, and the Hot Wheels line reflected these changes. This meant little to kids, however. Cars were selling well enough to keep the line going, but kids were still not collecting them with the passion they had just a few years earlier.

    The Super Van was issued in Dark Blue, White, Plum and Black enamel paint, but each color used a different tampo design.



    This year, Mattel introduced the first two motorcycles to appear in the official Hot Wheels lineup, the Motocross I and the Street Eater. Mattel had previously issued diecast motorcycles in a separate series called RRRumblers, but those models were never part of the Hot Wheels line. Mattel would not issue another motorcycle in the Hot Wheels lineup until 1997, when the Scorchin' Scooter was introduced.

    A Street Eater model in Yellow.



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