I’ve had a Hot Wheels Police Cruiser since I was a kid and it was always one of my favorites. The Olds 442 first appeared in the Hot Wheels lineup in 1971, wearing Spectraflame paint, redline tires and a rear wing. The Police Cruiser was a similar casting, but without the wing and with a cherry on top. My Police Cruiser is a blackwall version from 1977. Not too long ago, I got on eBay and picked up the Chief’s Special, which is a fire chief version of the Olds 442. When the Chief’s special was first released in 1975, it had a blue dome light on top and redlines. This 1977 variation lost the dome and has blackwall tires.
So, since I now had a Police Cruiser and a Chief’s Special, it was only right that I get back on eBay and find myself a Maxi Taxi, which is the taxi cab version of this model, introduced in 1976 with redlines. This blackwall version is from 1977.