Tag Archives: 1981

Splurging at the Antique Store

Antique stores and art galleries are two things I really enjoy. In downtown Wichita, Vertigo 232 is on the second floor of a building that also houses Shopkeepers Antique Mall. Even better, you have to enter the antique store to … Continue reading

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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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1981 Dixie Challenger

The Hot Wheels Dixie Challenger, based on a 1973 Dodge Charger with triple opera windows, came out in 1981 – a new casting, but similar to the Rodger Dodger from 1974.  Later variations, from 1982 and 1986 have blue stripes on the … Continue reading

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1981 Airport Rescue

My first garage sale find of the season was this Airport Rescue from 1981. It was in a bin full of cars priced 4 for $1. It was the only car in the whole bunch that I wanted, so the … Continue reading

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1979 Auburn 852

Another first casting from 1979, the Auburn 852 is a Larry Wood designed Hot Wheels that was subsequently released in a multitude of colors and decorations up until 2003. The trick with this car is finding one with an intact … Continue reading

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