The selection included the VW Drag Bus, and I was quickly outbid by someone who obviously wanted that relatively valuable model. Fortunately, the bidder left the rest of the items on the table, so I was able to bid again and pick up one of each.
The car that I really wanted was the replica of the 1976 Corvette Stingray, the first ever release of this popular model. I still have the original Stingray that I’ve had since I was a child, wearing the identical red enamel paint, blue, yellow and white tampo, and redline tires. As you can imagine, my childhood Stingray is a little play-worn, so it’s nice to be able to see what it would have looked like before it was even out of the blister.
The original lead-based Spectraflame paint colors were discontinued in 1973 due to new safety standards for toys. When Hot Wheels tried to recreate the look of Spectraflame in this series 30 years later, it seem their paint formula was a bit sub-par. As you can see, the 1968 Deora and 1969 Ford Vicky are suffering a serious case of flecking paint.
The ’40’s Woodie made its debut in 1980 as one of the Hi-Rakers – cars with adjustable-height rear wheels. I also have a yellow version which is not a Hi-Raker.
The 3-wheeled XT-3 is a replica of the first-release from 1985.
Path Beater was actually released first in 1983 as Beach Patrol, but this replica of the 1986 model wears the white-hub Real Rider tires which added a more realistic flair to this casting.