Over the past few years, I’ve acquired quite a few blackwall-era Hot Wheels. But recently I decided to bring my vintage collection a little more into focus. I decided to start with the year 1979 and try to get all of the first castings from that year. Part of the reason I chose 1979 is because I already had a decent start, having previously picked up a number of Super Hero themed cars from that year.
So I’ve been burning up eBay recently, bidding on a bunch of cars from 1979, as well as a few other distractions. The Captain America car is actually a variation of the Hot Bird, which was released the previous year. Instead of the expected Firebird paint scheme, this Pontiac Trans-Am T-top is decorated with stars and stripes worthy of its namesake.
The Human Torch is another one of the Marvel Heroe-themed cars from 1979. It is also based on a casting from the previous year, the Army Funny Car. The body of the Plymouth Arrow is hinged to open, revealing the engine and driver’s cockpit.