Last month we hit Haysville for the city-wide garage sales. We stopped at dozens of sales and the only thing I came away with was a beat-up Hot Wheels Lamborghini Countach. While the casting made its debut in the 1988 Speed Fleet series, it was also used that same year as a Color Racer. I already have two examples in my collection so I decided this would be a good chance to show the differences in the paint on these aging color-changers.
The Color Racers were cars that would change color when exposed to hot or cold temperatures. As I’ve mentioned before, over time, the late-1980s color-changers lose their ability to change color and often get stuck in one state of color or the other.
This first example is the car I found in Haysville. In its warm state, it is a yellowish beige.
Running cold water over these ’80s cars isn’t always enough to get them to change. My friends online suggested putting them in the freezer, which is the trick I used to get these to change to pink.
The next set of photos is my second example, in slightly better shape than my Haysville car. This one is a little less yellow in the warm state.
After the freezer treatment, this one is a little richer pink.
The next example is a car I got years ago in the Case of the Sad Dad and its always been stuck in this mostly pink state. By the way, all of these models are cast in Malaysia, but this one has the smoke tint windows, versus the blue tint windows on the two above.
When I hit this car with a hot hair dryer, it turns a kind of fleshy-beige, certainly more pink than the two above.
Also, after the freezer treatment, this car shows a much more rosy pink than the two above.
Finally, the three cars side by side, warm state on top and frozen state on the bottom.