1977 Hot Wheels

This page lists all of the 1977 Hot Wheels, with a photo of each one that I have in my collection. The name of each car that I have links to a page with more information and photos. As I acquire the remaining cars in the list, I will add photos and links to this page.

NEW CASTINGS

1977 | 9638 | ‘57 Chevy | red with white & yellow trim | HK | rl

1977 | 9638 | ‘57 Chevy | red with white & yellow trim | HK | bw

1977 | 9639 | Z-Whiz | gray with orange, yellow and blue trim | HK | rl

1977 | 9639 | Z-Whiz | gray with orange, yellow and blue trim | HK | bw

1977 | 9640 | Fire Eater | red, black & yellow trim, blue hose bed | HK | rl

1977 | 9640 | Fire Eater | red, black & yellow trim, blue hose bed | HK | bw

1977 | 9641 | Spoiler Sport | green w/blk, red, yellow trim, two small rear windows | HK | rl

1977 | 9641 | Spoiler Sport | green w/blk, red, yellow trim, two small rear windows | HK | bw

1977 | 9642 | Odd Rod | plum with red trim | HK | rl

1977 | 9642 | Odd Rod | plum with red trim | HK | bw

1977 | 9642 | Odd Rod | yellow with red trim | HK | rl

1977 | 9642 | Odd Rod | yellow with red trim | HK | bw

1977 | 9645 | GMC Motor Home | orange with blue, yellow and white trim, metal base | HK | rl

1977 | 9645 | GMC Motor Home | orange with blue, yellow and white trim, metal base | HK | bw

1977 | 9647 | ‘56 Hi-Tail Hauler | orange with blue and yellow flames, black plastic motorcycles | HK | rl

1977 | 9647 | ‘56 Hi-Tail Hauler | orange with blue and yellow flames, black plastic motorcycles | HK | bw

1977 | 9649 | ‘31 Doozie | orange with tan top, brown fenders | HK | rl

1977 | 9649 | ‘31 Doozie | orange with tan top, brown fenders | HK | bw

1977 | 9793 | Thrill Drivers Torino | white with worn blue, yellow and red trim | HK | bw

1977 | 9793 | Thrill Drivers Torino | red with blue, white and yellow trim | HK | bw

 

REPAINTS AND BASE CHANGES

1977 | 6963 | Police Cruiser | white with black, yellow and white tampo, blue dome, hood cast shut | HK | bw

1977 | 6976 | Buzz Off | gold chrome w/ orange, maroon & black trim | HK | bw

1977 | 6978 | Mercedes-Benz C-111 | red with white, blue and yellow trim, black plastic base | HK | bw

1977 | 7621 | Funny Money | gray with white, yellow and blue Brink’s trim | HK | bw

1977 | 7649 | Super Van | black with red and yellow flames | HK | bw

1977 | 7650 | Emergency Squad | red with white & yellow tampo | HK | bw

1977 | 7661 | Paramedic | yellow with red & white trim, chrome base | HK | rl

1977 | 7661 | Paramedic | yellow with red & white trim, metal base | HK | rl

1977 | 7661 | Paramedic | yellow with red & white trim, metal base | HK | bw

1977 | 7662 | American Victory | blue with red & white trim | HK | bw

1977 | 7665 | Chief’s Special | red with white & yellow trim | HK | bw

1977 | 8258 | Baja Bruiser | dark enamel blue with yellow, white and red trim | HK | rl

1977 | 8258 | Baja Bruiser | dark enamel blue with yellow, white and red trim | HK | bw

1977 | 8259 | Rodger Dodger | gold chrome with purple, red and white trim | HK | bw

1977 | 9088 | Rock Buster | yellow with white, red & blue trim | HK | bw

1977 | 9089 | American Tipper | red with red & blue trim on white plastic tipper | HK | bw

1977 | 9118 | American Hauler | blue with red & blue trim on white plastic box | HK | bw

1977 | 9119 | Formula 5000 | white with red & blue trim | HK | bw

1977 | 9184 | Maxi Taxi | yellow with red, white & black trim | HK | bw

1977 | 9242 | Street Rodder | black with red & yellow flames | HK | bw

1977 | 9244 | Neet Streeter | light blue with red, white and blue trim, Ford | HK | bw

 

SUPER CHROMES

1977 Super Chromes | 9201 | Gremlin Grinder | chrome with red, green and black trim | HK | bw

1977 Super Chromes | 9202 | Chevy Monza | chrome with black and yellow trim | HK | bw

1977 Super Chromes | 9203 | Mustang Stocker | chrome with red, white and blue trim | HK | bw

1977 Super Chromes | 9204 | Porsche 917 | chrome with yellow, purple and red trim | HK | bw

1977 Super Chromes | 9205 | Super Van | chrome with red and yellow flames | HK | bw

1977 Super Chromes | 9206 | Porsche 911 | chrome with red, orange and yellow trim | HK | bw

1977 Super Chromes | 9207 | Prowler | chrome with red and yellow trim | HK | bw

1977 Super Chromes | 9208 | Steam Roller | chrome with blue and yellow trim, 3 stars | HK | bw

1977 Super Chromes | 9208 | Steam Roller | chrome with blue and yellow trim, 7 stars | HK | bw

1977 Super Chromes | 9209 | Mighty Maverick | chrome with blue and yellow trim | HK | bw

1977 Super Chromes | 9210 | Alive ’55 | chrome with blue, yellow and green trim, hood cast shut | HK | bw

1977 Super Chromes | 9211 | Large Charger | chrome with red, yellow and black trim | HK | bw

1977 Super Chromes | 9212 | Heavy Chevy | chrome with dark green, green and yellow trim | HK | bw

 

SUPER CHROMES 6-PACK

1977 Super Chromes | 9505 | Corvette Stingray | chrome with blue, white and yellow trim | HK | bw

1977 Super Chromes | 9505 | Twin Mill II | chrome with red, white and blue trim | HK | bw

1977 Super Chromes | 9505 | Formula 5000 | chrome with red and blue trim | HK | bw

1977 Super Chromes | 9505 | Neet Streeter | chrome with red, white and blue trim, Ford | HK | bw

1977 Super Chromes | 9505 | Rock Buster | chrome with white, red & blue trim | HK | bw

1977 Super Chromes | 9505 | Poison Pinto | chrome with lt. green, yellow and black trim | HK | bw

 

 

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1978 Hot Wheels Race Bait 308

The Hot Wheels Race Bait 308 was first released in the 1978 Flying Colors series and could be found with both a black plastic base or black metal base. The following year, the model appeared in the Golden Machines 6-Pack. All total it has been seen in about 26 different variations – with various names such as Quick Trik, Street Beast and Ferrari 308 GTB – until the casting was retired with the 2004 Final Run series.

This eBay find is a fairly clean example of the plastic base version from 1978.

Race Bait is based on the real-life Ferrari 308, which was manufactured by the venerable Italian car company from 1975 to 1985. The GTB was a berlinetta while the GTS had a targa top.

Hot Wheels | 1978 | 2021 | Race Bait 308 | red with white, yellow & black trim, black plastic base | HK | bw

1978 Hot Wheels Highway Patrol Variations

The Larry Wood and Bob Rosas designed Hot Wheels Highway Patrol was released in 1978 in the Flying Colors series. I picked up these two variations on eBay from separate sellers.

This variation without the 12 on top seems to be somewhat less common and therefore more valuable than the version below with 12 on the top.

Hot Wheels | 1978 | 2019 | Highway Patrol | white with “Highway Patrol on sides, “12” on sides | HK | bs

Actually, the Sheriff Patrol with 12 on top could be from either the 1978 Flying Colors series, or the 1979 Hot Wheels Rescue Team – without the original packaging it’s impossible to know for sure which one it is.

This Dodge Monaco would become a popular casting and would also appear in later years as Fire Chaser, Sheriff Patrol and Airport Security.

Hot Wheels |1978 | 2019 | Highway Patrol | white with “Highway Patrol on sides, “12” on sides and top | HK | bs

1978 Hot Wheels Baja Breaker

Since the beginning, Hot Wheels have always had different wheel sizes. Some cars, like the 1968 Ford J-Car had the medium sized (3/8″) wheels all around, while the 1969 Classic ’57 T-Bird had small (5/16″) wheels up front and medium wheels in the back to help give it the characteristic rake. The 1970 Heavy Chevy utilized medium wheels in the front with large (7/16″) wheels in the back.

The 1978 Baja Breaker was the first model to use large wheels all the way around. Four large (9/16″) blackwalls turned this 3rd generation Ford Econoline van into a rugged 4×4. (This was two years before the debut of Hot Wheels construction tires, which would eventually take the off-road look to the next level.)

The Baja Breaker’s black plastic hood can open. But I’ve learned that sometimes, once opened, it refuses to close again. So I’ve decided not to mess with it on this one. Other Baja Breakers in my collection include the 1979 Scene Machines release, the 1980 green model, a 1983 metallic orange well-loved toy and the 1984 black A-Team version.

Hot Wheels | Hot Wheels | 1978 Speedway Specials | 2022 | Baja Breaker | gray with yellow, red & blue trim | HK | bs

1978 Hot Wheels Lickety Six

This is the first casting of the Hot Wheels Lickety Six which came out in 1978. There are only three other variations:

  • 1983, similar paint and tampo, black interior and engine, made in France
  • 1983, gray-blue, similar tampo, chrome interior and engine, made in Mexico
  • 1986, white with red and blue tampo, chrome interior and engine, made in Mexico (4-pack only)

This well-played with model came from the Collection of Big A.

The Hot Wheels Lickety Six was designed by Larry Wood and Bob Rosas, no doubt inspired by the six-wheeled Tyrell P34, which first raced Formula One in 1976. Unlike the real P34, the Wood/Rosas creation has its wing mounted off the cockpit, in front of the rear wheels. But keeping true to its inspiration, the Hot Wheels model has four small wheels in the front and larger rear wheels in the back.

Hot Wheels | 1978 | 2017 | Lickety Six | dark blue with red and white trim | HK | bs

1978 Hot Wheels ’57 Chevy

I have a few cars in my collection that I haven’t yet photographed and posted, mostly because they are in pretty rough shape. But I’m not sure how this nice ’57 Chevy escaped being featured previously. It came from the Collection of Big A and is a little playworn, but it’s certainly nothing to be embarrassed about.

The Hot Wheels ’57 Chevy was first released in 1977, wearing either redlines or blackwalls and red paint, with a tampo very similar to this. This black version is from the following year and this paint/tampo was repeated again in 1982 but with gold Hot Ones. There are dozens more variations of this popular model going right up to the current year. And there are even more variations of the version with an exposed engine, of which I have a good example from its first year, 1984, and another from the 1992 Classic Collection 5-pack.

Hot Wheels | 1978 | 9638 | ‘57 Chevy | black with white & yellow trim | HK | bs

1978 Tomica Cadillac Ambulance

This 1978 Tomica Cadillac Ambulance is the second of the two models I found at Wichita Vintage. It’s fairly play-worn, but I always pick up Tomicas the rare times I find them, as I have a nice bunch from my childhood, including another Cadilac. You can see the Cadillac Ambulance, along with all of the other Tomica offerings from that year, on the 1978 page of the Tomica History website.

Tomica | 1978 | F2 | Cadillac Ambulance | red with white top | 1/77