Monthly Archives: January 2015

1979 Scene Machines S.W.A.T. Van

The S.W.A.T. van is another of the Hot Wheels Scene Machines from 1979. The casting is a reworking of the Letter Getter from 1977, made more imposing with the dark blue paint and the bold lettering and shield on the … Continue reading

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1979 California Criusin’ Super Van

The Hot Wheels Super Van – one of the castings I’ve owned one since I was a kid –  is a favorite of mine. Introduced in 1975, the original tool was used until 1985. It was retooled in 2003 and is continuing to enjoy … Continue reading

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1979 Scene Machines Space Van

In 1979, Hot Wheels created a special series of vehicles called Scene Machines. Each model had a lens on the back, through which a picture inside the vehicle could be viewed. I was at first skeptical of what seemed like … Continue reading

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1979 GMC Motor Home

During his later years, my friend Van was part of a camping club, a group of friends who would caravan around the country in motorhomes. Van was the fix-it guy in the club, always happy to help his camping club friends … Continue reading

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1979 ‘56 Hi-Tail Hauler

When I bought a few cases of Hot Wheels from The Dealer a few years back, this ’56 Hi-Tail Hauler was the car he pulled out to show me that some of the cars were “worth a lot of money!” … Continue reading

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Maisto Muscle Machines 1958 Chevy Impala

When I was a kid, I really enjoyed the magazine CARtoons. Produced by Petersen Publishing between 1959 and 1991, the magazine featured art by talented illustrators such as Pete Millar, George Trosley, Dave Deal and many others. The cars in … Continue reading

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