Auto World Vintage Muscle 1966 Chevy Impala SS Set B

Last week, my family and I made a Spring Break trip down to Shreveport, Louisiana to visit family. We spent the better part of one day visiting just about every thrift store we could find. Though my son and I found some Hot Wheels tracks, I was a little disappointed that I didn’t come across any old cars. But, at one point I took a break from the thrift, wandered into a Wal*Mart and found this nice blue Auto World Impala to go with the burgundy version that I found awhile back.

Now that I have both Set A and B, I only have the exclusive chase cars to find. I was interested to see that, in addition to the Ultra-Red version, Auto World is also making an Ultra-Raw version which is akin to the Zamac versions of Hot Wheels. Given the apparent rarity of either of these, I’d be curious to hear from anyone who actually found one in a store.

img_3235img_3234Auto World Vintage Muscle Premium Series | 1966 Chevy Impala SS | blue

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Greenlight Collectibles Chevrolet Impalas

I recently found two Greenlight Chevrolet Impalas at Toys R Us. I’ll use this as an opportunity to show these new acquisitions as well as the other Greenlight Impalas that I already have in my collection.

From 1958 until 1972, Chevrolet offered 3 models in their full-size car line. The Biscayne was the low end, the Bel Air was in the middle, and the Impala was at the high end. Absent most of the interior and exterior trim options of the more expensive models, the Biscayne was produced mostly for the fleet market. It was, however, the availability of optional big-block V8 engines and performance-oriented transmissions that made these cars popular among hot-rodders as well.

So, technically, this 1967 Chevrolet Police Pursuit is not an Impala, but a Biscayne. But, the Louisiana State Police deco applied to this model makes it my favorite of the bunch. A patrol car like this would have been powered by a big-block 396 V8 engine, which had been an available option since 1965.

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The B pillar is a painted part of the clear plastic window insert, a nice detail which differentiates it from the Impala hardtop version of this Greenlight ’67 four-door casting.

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The Biscayne casting is also slightly modified to show the correct 2 taillights per side, versus three per side on the Impala casting.

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2013 | Hot Pursuit Series 12 | 1967 Chevrolet (Biscayne) Police Pursuit | red and white with Louisiana State Police deco

I admit I know nothing about the TV series Supernatural, upon which this next model is based. Based on a little online research, it appears that the car is a fairly faithful representation of the one driven by one of the show’s characters, Dean Winchester, played by Jensen Ackles. Curiously, the Supernatural wiki (yes, there’s a wiki for everything) states that the car bears the Sedgwick County, Kansas license plate KAZ 2Y5. Sure enough, I looked closely at my model to find the license plate is accurately reproduced.

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This photo shows the Impala casting’s correct 3 taillights per side as well as the KAZ 2Y5 license plate from the TV show.2013 | Hollywood Series 6 | 1967 Chevrolet Impala Sport Sedan | black

All of the other Greenlight Impalas in my collection appear to be variations of the same 67/68 2-door hardtop casting. Even though I have quite a few of these, the Greenlight Collectors website shows at least 20 variations. By the way, each of these cars appears to have an opening hood, but I haven’t been willing to violate any of the packages to verify that.

img_32432009 | Black Bandit Series 5 | 1967 Chevrolet Impala SS | black

img_32452009 | Barrett-Jackson Auction Block | 1968 Chevy Impala SS | blue

img_32492007 | 1968 Chevy Impala Fastback | Vietnam War

img_32462008 | Muscle Car Garage Hobby Collection | 1968 Chevy Impala | green

img_32422008 | Muscle CarGarage Up In Flames | 1967 Chevy Impala | silver with yellow flames

img_32372006 | Muscle Car Garage Stock and Custom | Custom 1967 Chevy Impala | silver

img_32392006 | Muscle Car Garage Stock and Custom | 1967 Chevy Impala SS 427 | marina blue

img_32402005 | Muscle Car Garage Series 1 | 1968 Chevy Impala SS | tuxedo black

img_32382005 | Muscle Car Garage Series 1 | 1968 Chevy Impala SS | matador red

Here is a link to a good reference site for Greenlight Collectibles.

Hot Wheels 1979 Golden Machines 6-Pack

I was snooping around on eBay the other day when I noticed a seller had just listed four super-clean gold chrome Hot Wheels with a “Buy It Now” price and a “Make An Offer” option. After a little negotiating, I agreed to a price and bought them all. With these four, I complete my collection of the Golden Machines 6-Pack from 1979.

The Jaguar XJS made its debut in the Flying Colors series from 1978. I have that gray one in my collection as well as a blue version from 1980. I actually already had a gold chrome XJS, but it was a beat-up garage sale find, nowhere near as nice as this eBay score.

 img_3022 img_30231979 | 2012 | Jaguar XJS | gold chrome with red & black trim | Hong Kong | blackwalls

Also introduced in the 1978 Flying Colors series, the Hot Bird is a collector’s favorite. In my collection, I have the original black version which has blackwalls, a blue version from 1980, and another black one from 1982 with gold Hot Ones wheels. There is also a variation of this casting from 1979 that’s called the Captain America.

img_3019img_30171979 | 2014 | Hot Bird | gold chrome with orange & blue trim | Hong Kong | blackwalls

Yet another casting from the 1978 Flying Colors series, Race Bait 308 originally wore red paint. I have two of those from 1978, but neither one is as clean as this one. Introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 1975, the real Ferrari 308 was on the lower end of the company’s range, but has become one of the more iconic Ferrari models.

img_3020 img_30211979 | 2021 | Race Bait 308 | gold chrome with white & black trim | Hong Kong | blackwalls

The Z-Whiz, based on a Datsun 280Z, first appeared in the 1977 Flying Colors series wearing similar tampo as this gold chrome version, but over grey paint. I also have a nice, clean grey version which I haven’t posted yet.

img_3024 img_30251979 | 9639 | Z-Whiz | gold chrome with orange, white & blue trim | Hong Kong | blackwalls

The Corvette Stingray is one of my favorite Hot Wheels, mostly because I’ve had the original enamel red redline from 1976 since I was a kid. I also have a fairly clean orange version from 1980. I picked up this gold chrome version on eBay awhile back and it has a little more wear than my recent finds.

img_0573 img_05751979 | 9241 | Corvette Stingray | gold chrome with black, orange and white trim | Hong Kong | blackwalls

Spoiler Sport has been around since the 1977 Flying Colors series. I scored this one on eBay along with 3 other mini-van-like Hot Wheels from the same seller. I have the original light green version as well as a variation of the casting that was released in 1979 as The Incredible Hulk. One interesting thing about Spoiler Sport is that it can be found with one large window in the back, or – like this model – with a pair of stacked horizontal slits for rear windows.

img_1465 img_14661979 | 9641 | Spoiler Sport | gold chrome with black, red, orange trim, two small rear windows | Hong Kong | blackwalls

1979 Flat Out 442

I’m getting pretty close in my ongoing quest to acquire all of the newly-cast Hot Wheels for 1979. I was happy to find this fairly clean Flat Out 442 on eBay. There is another orange variation from 1979 that is missing the blue pentagon on the the side. Later variations are painted yellow, metallic gold and light green.

The real-life 442 – a designation which references the combination of a four-barrel carburetor, a four-speed manual transmission and dual exhaust –  was originally an option package on the Oldmobile F-85 and Cutlass in 1964. It became a model of its own from 1968 t0 1971, then back to an option through the mid-1970s.

Of course, the original Hot Wheels Olds 442 appeared during the redline era in 1971, and was later modified into the Police Cruiser, the Maxi Taxi and the Chief’s Special. The Hot Wheels Flat Out 442 is based on a racing version of the A-body Cutlass that was introduced in 1978.

img_0231 img_02321979 | 2506 | Flat Out 442 | orange with red, blue, white trim | Hong Kong | blackwalls