Matchbox 1972 AMX Javelin and Other Garage Sale Finds

For many years, my older brother, Joe, had a yard full of project cars. Among the mostly Chevys, there were two 1968 AMX Javelins. The plan was take the motor from the wrecked one and put it in the other car, which had no engine but a straight body. I spent a summer doing some work for my brother, hoping to someday drive that Javelin. Unfortunately, the project car never came to fruition. I always preferred the first generation Javelins, like that ’68 in my brothers yard. In 1971, the Javelin was redesigned and the car took on bulging fenders which I thought made the car look kind of cartoony. But maybe that’s why the car works so well as a toy.

I found this Matchbox 1972 AMX Javelin at a garage sale where there was a bin full of cars in Ziploc bags, priced 5 for $2. As I started looking through them, a boy who was sitting nearby offered me the whole bin for $50. I had already decided there were many cars in the box that I didn’t want, so I asked him if there were any old ones in the lot. “There are some from the 60s,” he claimed, “but most are from the 80s.” Well, if there were any from the 60s, somebody got to them before me, but I did walk away with several bags of cars, most with only one car I really wanted. This Javelin from 1972 was the oldest car I could find.

img_1324img_13251972 | 9 | AMX Javelin | metallic light green with yellow interior, opening doors | Superfast wheels

The next most interesting car that I took home is this gold Hot Wheels Jaguar XJS from 1979. The XJS was first released the previous year, but this variation – part of the Golden Machines 6-pack – would be more valuable if it were in mint condition (which, obviously, this one is not).

img_1317 img_13181979 | 2012 | Jaguar XJS | gold chrome with yellow & black trim | HK | blackwalls

I’ve always loved the Hot Wheels ’31 Doozie, in fact I’ve had one since I was a kid. This maroon version from 1986 looks pretty sharp with the white wall tires. Too bad it’s missing the tan plastic top.

img_1313img_13141986 | 9649 | ’31 Doozie | maroon with maroon plastic fenders, missing tan top | MY | white walls

The Hot Wheels Upfront 924 was first released in 1979. I have that yellow first casting as well as another orange version that was made in Malaysia, so this Hong Kong-built model makes three for me so far.

img_1320 img_13211980 | 2500 | Upfront 924 | orange with red yellow & black trim | HK | blackwalls

I also added another casting to my collection of Hot Wheels Crack Ups from 1985. This metallic red Speed Crasher has been cracked up so many times that it no longer clicks back into like-new shape.

img_1315img_13161985 | 7824 | Speed Crasher (Crack Up) | metallic red with white, yellow and orange trim | HK |blackwalls

And finally, the garage sale box also yielded this Hot Wheels Porsche 930, a late-era blackwall from 1991. Wouldn’t you know, of the 4 different colors released for the first casting, this red variation is the least valuable.

img_1322img_13231991 | 7607 | Porsche 930 | red with yellow, black & white trim | MY | blackwalls


Hot Wheels Retro Entertainment Beverly Hills Cop ’68 Chevy Nova

Hot Wheels has been doing a great job with their adult collectible series. Every time I see a new series, I’m tempted to open a new genre in my collection. DC Comics, General Mills, Hersheys, Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes, Muppets – all of these would be fun to have hanging on my personal pegs. But, usually I can resist. That is, until I find a Nova or an Impala.

I’m not even sure I’ve ever seen “Beverly Hills Cop”, the 1984 movie starring Eddie Murphy which inspired this casting. The Internet Movie Cars Database (yes, there is such a thing) lists the Nova in the movie as a 1970 model. Other sources show it as a 1972. And the shiny chrome wheels on this model don’t quite match the stock wheels with hubcaps that the movie car wore.

img_1332img_1333X8933 | 2013 Retro Entertainment | ’68 Chevy Nova | weathered blue with white top | Real Riders

M2 Machines 1967 Chevrolet Nova SS

M2 Machines are created by Castline, Inc., of Arcadia California. The company has been around since about 2008 and they specialize in American cars from the 1950s through the 1970s. I found these three 1967 Novas at the Edmund, Oklahoma, WalMart when I was driving through there a few months back. These are really nicely detailed 1:64 scale models which feature opening hoods, rubber tires and real chrome bumpers. M2 Machines offers a relatively small number of castings which are released over the years in different series in many multiple variations. In my own collection, I have at least 16 variations of the ’67 Nova going back to 2009. Each model has its own plastic display base and many are also enclosed in an acrylic case.

img_08812011 | Drivers Merge R6 | 1967 Chevrolet Nova SS | metallic gold | 1:64

img_08822012 | Drivers Merge R15 | 1967 Chevrolet Nova SS | black w/red stripe | 1:64

The Foose series features cars designed by the Calfornia automotive designer, Chip Foose, and featured on his TV show “Overhaulin'”.

img_08832013 | Foose R1 | 1967 Chevrolet Nova “Cherry Nova” | pearl white | 1:64