With the recent 3.5+” of rain, we’ve had a little water finding new places to creep into our basement. One of the few things that got a little soggy, was the Nylint fire truck that I’ve had since the late 1970s, still in its original box. While I’m airing it out, I thought this would be a good time to photograph it.
The Nylint Corporation was formed in 1937 by Bernard Klint in Rockford, Illinois. Initially a manufacturer of kitchen utensils, Nylint prospered during WWII by shifting manufacturing to anti-aircraft magazines and torpedo components. After the war, Nylint took advantage of their modern metal-stamping facilities to create pressed-steel toys. One of Nylint’s first toys, called the “Amazing Car,” was based on the real Chrysler Airflow and featured a wind up motor. During the 1950s, Nylint began to make toys modeled after heavy construction equipment. Over the years, Nylint created a mix of trucks, some based on real vehicles and others of a more stylized nature. But in the late 1970s, Nylint began to make realistic versions of trucks using actual corporate logos which were geared for the collectible market. Nylon continued to make pressed-metal toys until the company’s demise in 2001.
This is the first release of the Hot Wheels Z-Whiz which came out in 1977 – or is it? It seems there is an identical version which was released in the 1978 Super Streeters series. Without the packaging, I guess it’s impossible to know for sure. There are redline versions of the grey 1977 model too, and there is an ulra-rare white version that goes for big bucks. In addition, Z-Whiz was produced up until 1984 in several other colors including the gold chrome variation from 1979.
1977 | 9639 | Z-Whiz | gray with orange, yellow and blue trim | Hong Kong | blackwalls
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I remember seeing the Hot Wheels Top 40 Set at Toys “R” Us way back when, but I wasn’t willing to pay the full retail price for 40 cars when all I really wanted was the ’68 Nova. Now it looks like the sets are going for around $100 online. I found this loose version on eBay for quite a bit less. I think the redlines look especially sharp against the silver, gray and black paint and trim.
N4608 | 2008 Hot Wheels Top 40 Set | ’68 Chevy Nova | metalflake silver with gray & black trim | RLBW
Here’s a link to my Hot Wheels ’68 Nova page.
The original Stutz Motor Company made its American luxury cars from 1911 until 1935. In 1968, the company was revived and produced the Stutz Blackhawk from 1971 through 1978. The Blackhawk of the 1970s had a custom-build Italian body that was installed over a GM platform and engine. The first Blackhawk was purchased by Elvis Presley in 1970 for $26,500. Other famous owners included Evel Knievel and Muhammad Ali.
My Hot Wheels Stutz Blackhawk is from 1980, the year of its first casting. I found it on eBay while hunting for other blackwalls. The Hot Wheels version was produced up until 1999 in about 15 different variations. I’m not sure this is the paint job Elvis would have wanted on his car, but I think it makes a nice addition to my collection.
1980 | 1126 | Stutz Blackhawk | gray with blue, yellow and white trim | Hong Kong | blackwalls
This is one of three color variations of the 2009 Hot Wheels Faster Than Ever Chevy Nova. This metalflake blue version with white trim was a Kmart exclusive. I found this one on eBay.
P2456 | 2009 Faster Than Ever #10 (KMart Exclusive) | Chevy Nova | metalflake blue with white trim | FTE
Of all the unique cars that American Motors made, the Pacer is the most iconic. Introduced in 1975, the AMC Pacer is a compact car with a width equal to a full-sized model, giving it unusual proportions. The Pacer’s rounded styling and large area of glass led to comparisons to a fishbowl. While the car’s unusual looks created a buzz, the vehicle’s power and performance were lacking. With increased competition of compact cars from Germany and Japan, sales of the Pacer fell after the first two years and 1980 was its final year of production.
The Hot Wheels Packin’ Pacer came out in 1978, with a chrome rear-engine and yellow paint with red, purple and blue decoration. It was based on the Pacer station wagon, which was slightly less odd-looking than the coupe. The original tool lasted as many years as production of the real car, seeing variations in orange, white and light blue up until 1983.
1978 | 2015 | Packin’ Pacer | yellow with red, purple and blue trim | Hong Kong | blackwalls
My family has a little bit of history with American Motors cars. I’ve posted before about my brother’s ’68 AMXs. Here’s a photo of the one with the clean body taken in 1987 in his yard in rural North Dakota.
Also, My dad had two different AMC Hornets. The first one was a green car that he really liked. When my oldest sister went off to college, the car went with her and she drove it for a few more years. Dad went out and bought a red Hornet wagon, but that one, pictured here in our driveway, gave him nothing but trouble.
This Hot Wheels 1968 Nova from the 2006 Red Line Series was one that I missed the first time around. Although I do have the metalflake purple version from the same series, this metalflake green model which I recently found on eBay is similar in color to the green-gold metallic ’73 Nova that I drove when I was younger.
J3424 | 2006 Red Line Series #3 (KMart Exclusive) | 1968 Nova | metalflake green with Red Line Series tampo on sides | RL5SP
Okay, mine wasn’t quite as bright – even in the sun. This is my 1973 Nova 2-door hatchback in Tempe, Arizona, 1985.
Both of these Hot Wheels ’57 T-Birds are from the first year of its release, 1978. I found the white one on eBay, the yellow one came from The Dealer.
Early versions of this car could be found both with and without the small round porthole window on the side. But after 1982, Hot Wheels settled on the casting without the porthole for its many variations of this long-running model.
1978 | 2013 | ’57 T-Bird | white with red, blue & black trim, round rear side windows | Hong Kong | blackwalls
1978 | 2013 | ’57 T-Bird | yellow with red, blue & black trim, round rear side windows | Hong Kong | blackwalls
Of course, the original Hot Wheels T-Bird is the Classic ’57 from 1969.
For 2015, Hot Wheels has tucked a new ’68 Nova variation inside some of their mulipacks. This new version is a really sharp anodized gray model with yellow and black trim. I found mine in a 9-pack at Toys “R” Us, although I have since seen it in a Target 9-pack with a different assortment of cars.
X6999 | 2015 Hot Wheels Various Multipacks | 1968 Nova | anodized gray with yellow & black trim | chrome & black MC5
The Dodge Dump Truck was added to the Matchbox line-up in 1966. I bought this one on eBay along with a bunch of loose Hot Wheels from the same seller and added it to my collection of well-loved Lesney-era Matchbox models.
1966 | 48 | Dodge Dump Truck | red | black plastic wheels