Monthly Archives: February 2013

1986 Ford Stake Bed Truck

While hunting on eBay for all the first-release Hot Wheels from 1979, I often get distracted. This Ford Stake Bed Truck from 1986 is one of those distractions. I think I like it most because it reminds me a lot … Continue reading

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1980 Inside Story

Here’s another pretty clean eBay find, the yellow Inside Story from 1980, which makes a nice companion to the gray first release from the year before. 1980 | 2510 | Inside Story | yellow with purple and red trim | Hong … Continue reading

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1980 Corvette Stingray

One of my favorite childhood Hot Wheels was the Corvette Stingray. I don’t think I was the only kid who felt this way, since this popular casting has been released in multitudes of variations ever since its first release in 1976. … Continue reading

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1979 Royal Flash

This is another fairly clean first release from 1979 that I was able to find on eBay. Royal Flash is a diecast version of the Lotus Esprit with the Union Jack emblazoned on the hood. 1979 | 2501 | Royal … Continue reading

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1977 Buzz Off

This casting originated in 1970 as Tri Baby and was released again in 1973 as Buzz Off. This gold chrome version with groovy trim and a black plastic base is from 1977. 1977 | 6976 | Buzz Off | gold … Continue reading

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1977 Paramedic

Originally released in 1975 wearing white paint and using the same casting as the much beloved Super Van, Paramedic was a fine compliment to the Emergency Squad. In 1977, Paramedic was produced in yellow and could be found with either … Continue reading

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1978 Army Funny Car

The famous American drag racer, Don “The Snake” Prudhomme began his partnership with Hot Wheels in 1970, when diecast versions of his dragster and funny car – along with dueling versions from his rival, Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen – were both … Continue reading

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1979 Letter Getter

The Letter Getter is a Hot Wheels tribute to a classic American vehicle, the U.S. Mail truck. It was first released in 1977 with an unpainted metal base. In that first year, the Hong Kong casting could be found with … Continue reading

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1979 Inside Story and Spider-Man Scene Machine

Inside Story was introduced into the Hot Wheels lineup in 1979. This super-clean example came to me from the collection of Big A. The look of this Larry Wood designed custom van is eerily prescient of the minvans that would … Continue reading

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1979 Auburn 852

Another first casting from 1979, the Auburn 852 is a Larry Wood designed Hot Wheels that was subsequently released in a multitude of colors and decorations up until 2003. The trick with this car is finding one with an intact … Continue reading

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