Monthly Archives: May 2015

1980 ‘Vette Van and 1981 Iron Man

In 1980, Hot Wheels introduced the Hi-Rakers, a series of models in which the back end could be raised or lowered to adjust the rake of the car. This ‘Vette Van from 1980 is an example. 1980 | 1135 | ‘Vette … Continue reading

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1978 Jaguar XJS

The Jaguar XJ-S was a luxury grand tourer made by the British carmaker from 1975 to 1996. Though it has some nice lines and interesting features, it is hardly a design icon like its predecessor, the beautiful E-Type. The XJ-S was … Continue reading

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Nylint Aerial Hook-N-Ladder

With the recent 3.5+” of rain, we’ve had a little water finding new places to creep into our basement. One of the few things that got a little soggy, was the Nylint fire truck that I’ve had since the late 1970s, still … Continue reading

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1977 Z-Whiz

This is the first release of the Hot Wheels Z-Whiz which came out in 1977 – or is it? It seems there is an identical version which was released in the 1978 Super Streeters series. Without the packaging, I guess … Continue reading

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2008 Hot Wheels Top 40 Set ’68 Chevy Nova

I remember seeing the Hot Wheels Top 40 Set at Toys “R” Us way back when, but I wasn’t willing to pay the full retail price for 40 cars when all I really wanted was the ’68 Nova. Now it … Continue reading

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1980 Stutz Blackhawk

  The original Stutz Motor Company made its American luxury cars from 1911 until 1935. In 1968, the company was revived and produced the Stutz Blackhawk from 1971 through 1978. The Blackhawk of the 1970s had a custom-build Italian body that was installed … Continue reading

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2009 Faster Than Ever Chevy Nova

This is one of three color variations of the 2009 Hot Wheels Faster Than Ever Chevy Nova. This metalflake blue version with white trim was a Kmart exclusive. I found this one on eBay. P2456 | 2009 Faster Than Ever #10 … Continue reading

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1978 Packin’ Pacer

Of all the unique cars that American Motors made, the Pacer is the most iconic. Introduced in 1975, the AMC Pacer is a compact car with a width equal to a full-sized model, giving it unusual proportions. The Pacer’s rounded … Continue reading

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