A Bunch of Rough Hot Wheels

The rest of the Hot Wheels from the FBQT collection are in such rough shape, I decided rather than feature each one individually, I would just show them all on one long page.

This Jaguar XJS is the 1978 first release, but it’s missing most of its windshield, paint and tampo. Fortunately, I already have a much nicer example.

Hot Wheels | 1978 | 2012 | Jaguar XJS | gray with yellow, red & black trim, | HK | bw

This ’57 T-Bird is another 1978 first-release that’s missing most of its paint and tampo, and again, I already have another much better example.

Hot Wheels | 1978 | 2013 | ’57 T-Bird | yellow with red, blue and black trim, porthole | HK | bw

I believe this Hiway Hauler with the missing box would be the 1980 North American Van Lines first-release, because it’s the only white cab version that was made in Hong Kong. Click here to see the example I have with its box intact.

Hot Wheels | 1980 | 1174 | Hiway Hauler | white cab only | HK | bw

I also already have the 1981 Dixie Challenger, and I would say this one’s in better shape if it weren’t for the unsightly scrape across the top.

Hot Wheels | 1981 | 3364 | Dixie Challenger | orange with blue and white trim, stars on roof | HK | bw

The Hot Wheels Corvette Stingray, first released in 1976, was a childhood favorite and I’ve been wanting this variation from 1982 for awhile now. But this one is pretty rough, so I’ll keep looking for a cleaner example.

Hot Wheels | 1982 | 9241 | Corvette Stingray | red with white, orange and yellow trim | MY | gho

This Hi-Rakers 3-Window ’34 is actually pretty nice, except for the missing driver’s side headlight. I already have one of these 1983 variations, as well as the 1980 first-release and a silver model from 1995.

Hot Wheels | 1983 Hi-Rakers | 1132 | 3-Window ’34 | metalflake red with yellow and black trim | HK | bw

The Hot Wheels Ferrari Testarossa was first released in 1987. This red version with Ultra Hots and black and red interior is from 1988. I also have a Color Racer version of the Testarossa that I have not yet photographed.

Hot Wheels | 1988 | 1897 | Ferrari Testarossa | red with yellow and black trim, black and red interior | MY | uh

The Mercedes 540K was first released in 1982. I now have two different whitewall-wearing variations from 1988 that are missing the chrome grille and beige plastic top: One is this black model, and the other is the chrome version from the 20th Anniversary 3-pack.

Hot Wheels | 1988 | 5142 | Mercedes 540K | black with missing beige plastic top, missing chrome grille and windshield | MY | ww

I have quite a few variation of this next model – originally released as Highway Patrol in 1978. In 1978, it became Fire Chaser and Sheriff Patrol after that. This tan version from 1988 is a color changer from the Automagic series and is, rather strangely, both a police car and a taxi cab.

Hot Wheels | 1988 | 7285 | Sheriff Patrol (Automagic) | light purple (light tan) with Police Taxi trim | MY | bw

Next, we have a later variation of the ’57 T-Bird – after the porthole window was filled in on the sides – from the 1990 Park ‘n Plates series.

Hot Wheels | 1990 Park ‘n Plates | 2013 | ’57 T-Bird | turquoise with purple and yellow trim | MY | ww

The Hot Wheels Hot Bird is a classic casting which first appeared in 1978. I don’t really understand the layers of color on this version, but it appears that at one time it was the 1990 All American Fire Bird, which had white paint with a red and blue stars and stripes tampo. I also have the 1982 Hot Ones version, the shiny model from the Golden Machines 6-Pack, and the 1979 variation released as Captain America.

Hot Wheels | 1990 | #37 | Hot Bird | missing most white with red and blue trim, red interior | MY | uh

The Camaro Z-28 was first cast in 1982. This McDonald’s promo from 1991 is the second of this casting I’ve added to my collection. The other is a color-changer from 1988.

Hot Wheels | 1991 McDonald’s promo | 5182 | Camaro Z-28 | orange with purple and yellow trim | MY | bw

The GT Racer made its first appearance in the 1989 Speed Fleet series. My black model is from 1993 and is in passable condition except for the missing chrome engine and wing.

Hot Wheels | 1993 | 1789 | GT Racer | black with purple, yellow and red trim, missing chrome wing | MY | bw

Finally, another variation of the Corvette Stingray. This one with the caved-in top would have been found in the 1995 Chevrolet 5-Pack.

Hot Wheels | 1995 Chevrolet 5-Pack | 9241 | Corvette Stingray | light blue | MY | uh

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1978 Matchbox Combine Harvester

This Matchbox Combine Harvester from the FBQT collection is – especially compared to the other cars in the bunch – in relatively good shape. It has most of its paint and is not missing any parts.

This England-cast toy is one of about 11 variations of this model, which was first released in 1978. This red paint with yellow rotor and chute combination can also be found with a yellow hub 4-spoke larger wheel.

Matchbox | 1978 | 51 | Combine Harvester | red with yellow rotor and chute | England | black wheels no hubs

1978 Tomica Alpine Renault A310

Over the years, I’ve bought a lot of cars – sometimes an entire box at a time – just to get a few that I really wanted. All of those many rejected cars have gone into several paint buckets that I still have in the basement. As my collection has evolved, occasionally I go back through the buckets and find things that I passed over the first time. Recently, I decided to give the buckets another scrubbing and was surprised to find a few more keepers.

I still have some really nice Tomica models from my childhood, but none of my toys have the racing-style wheel that you see on this Tomica Alpine Renault A310 from 1978. That’s most likely why I didn’t recognize it as a vintage Tomica and left it languishing so long in one of my reject buckets.

The real-life Alpine Renault A310 was produced from 1971-1985 by the French manufacturer Alpine (first an independent company, later a subsidiary of Renault). The original four cylinder model was larger and heavier than its Rally-winning predecessor, the Alpine A110. However, in 1976 the A310 was restyled, given a rear spoiler and a V-6 engine, and it went on to win the French Rally Championship in 1977.

The 1978 page of the online Tomica History Museum shows two variations of this model, neither one of which matches the paint and decoration on mine. As you can see in my photos, the rear wing is broken off on both sides, but the opening hatch that reveals the rear engine is still intact and functioning.

Tomica | 1978 | F58 | Alpine Renault A310 | orange over blue | 1/60

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

 

 

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