My Final Village Flea Market Hot Wheels Finds

After 42 years, the Village Flea Market in Wichita has closed. It was reported that the owners had decided to convert the massive building at Pawnee and Meridian to a storage facility for their real estate development company. I’ve made some nice finds at the Village over the years, including this bunch of Hot Wheels blackwalls I picked up on my last visit back in May. These were at a table in the open area out in the middle. When he saw me looking at them, a little boy took some interest, so I stepped away to let him check them out. Fortunately for me, he quickly got distracted and walked away. The man was asking $2 each, but he let me have these four for $5.

This Hot Wheels Old Number 5 was first released in 1981, but this Malaysia casting is from 1982. As with all of these cars, all of the plastic parts are intact – I only had to clean off a layer of dust to find some really sharp cars.

1982 | 1695 | Old Number 5 | red with red painted base, black and yellow trim, louvers on hood | MY | bs

The Hot Wheels ’37 Bugati and Auburn 852 are both from 1981. I knew I already had them in my collection, but when I got them home, I discovered both of these are made in Malaysia, whereas the two I already own are cast in Hong Kong. I have a few other variations of the Auburn 852, including the 1979 first casting.

1981 | 1696 | ’37 Bugati | black w/red sides and hood | MY | bs

1981 | 2505 | Auburn 852 | yellow, dk. brown plastic fenders | MY | bs

This Hot Wheels ’35 Classic Caddy is the first release from 1982 and the first variation of this casting I’ve added to my collection.

1982 | 2529 | ’35 Classic Caddy | tan | MY | bs

 

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1998 Hot Wheels 30th Anniversary Replicas

I haven’t had much luck at garage sales this summer, though I’ve been to quite a few. Instead, I’ve been scoring my finds at resale shops. I found these Hot Wheels 30th Anniversary replicas at one of those stores that specializes in pre-owned children’s clothing and toys. The outer boxes are a little beat up, but the unopened blister packs inside are in good shape.

In 1998, celebrating 30 years of production, Mattel created these replicas of the cars in their original packages which were said to “represent  collectors’ favorite models” – one from each year of Hot Wheels history. Below you can find a scan of the back of the outer box, which lists each casting that was chosen to represent each year.

Prior to 1998, Sweet 16 had only been released once – in 1973. Finding an original in mint condition can set you back a few hundred dollars. This retool, of course, is worth considerably less, but still a fun find.

18862 | 1998 30th Anniversary | Sweet 16 (1973) | red | redlines

Large Charge is nowhere near as rare. After its first release in 1975, it was produced in more than 30 variations (sometimes called Silver Bullet or Aeroflash) up until as recently as 2011.

18864 | 1998 30th Anniversary | Large Charge (1975) | green | redlines

Auburn 852 is another popular casting which first appeared in 1979. I have one of the original first casting, as well as a few other variations.

18868 | 1998 30th Anniversary | Auburn 852 (1979) | red | blackwalls

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1979 Hot Wheels

This page lists all of the 1979 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

IMG_02361979 | 2500 | Upfront 924 | yellow with red orange & black trim | HK | bs

IMG_84831979 | 2501 | Royal Flash | white with red and blue Union flag trim | HK | bs

IMG_03081979 | 2502 | Greased Gremlin | red with blue, white, yellow trim | MY | bs

IMG_84771979 | 2503 | Spacer Racer | red w/yellow, white, black trim | HK | bs

IMG_45101979 | 2504 | Hare Splitter | white with red, purple & black trim | HK | bs

IMG_03151979 | 2505 | Auburn 852 | red with dk brown plastic fenders | HK | bs

IMG_02311979 | 2506 | Flat Out 442 | orange w/red, blue, white trim | HK | bs

IMG_02331979 | 2507 | Dumpin’ A | yellow w/orange dumper, brown fenders | HK | bs

IMG_03111979 | 2508 | Vetty Funny | gray w/ black, red and yellow trim (no rivet?) | HK | bs

IMG_03061979 | 2509 | Bywayman | lt. blue w/ white, black and yellow trim, black bed | HK | bs

IMG_0524A 1979 | 2510 | Inside Story | gray, black plastic base, blue, red & yellow trim | HK | bs

IMG_82151979 | 2511 | Bubble Gunner | magenta with yellow, orange, white stripes w/stars | HK | bs
HEROES

IMG_69761979 | 2877 | Spider-Man | black, raised bar on base, red & white trim | HK | bs

IMG_14631979 | 2878 | The Incredible Hulk (Spoiler Sport) | yellow, two small rear windows | HK | bs

IMG_84731979 | 2879 | Captain America | white, red and blue trim, red interior | HK | bs

IMG_69741979 | 2880 | Thor | yellow | HK | bs

IMG_84701979 | 2881 | Human Torch | black with yellow and red trim | HK | bs

IMG_13501979 | 2882 | The Thing | dark blue with black, white and orange trim | HK | bs
SCENE MACHINES

img_93741979 | 2850 | Incredible Hulk Truck (Scene Machines) | white with black, blue & red trim | HK | bs

1979 | 2851 | Captain America Van (Scene Machines) | white with green, black & red trim | HK | bs

IMG_84751979 | 2852 | Spider-Man (Scene Machines) | white w/blue, red & black trim | HK | bs

IMG_84641979 | 2853 | Motocross Team (Scene Machines) | red w/yellow, black & white trim | HK | bs

IMG_13461979 | 2854 | S.W.A.T. Van (Scene Machines) | dark enamel blue with white & orange trim | HK | bs

IMG_14611979 | 2855 | Space Van (Scene Machines) | gray with white plastic top | HK | bs

GOLDEN MACHINES 6-PACK

IMG_30221979 | 2012 | Jaguar XJS | gold chrome with red & black trim | HK | bs

IMG_30191979 | 2014 | Hot Bird | gold chrome with orange & blue trim | HK | bs

IMG_30201979 | 2021 | Race Bait 308 | gold chrome with white & black trim | HK | bs

IMG_05731979 | 9241 | Corvette Stingray | gold chrome with black, orange and white trim | HK | bs

IMG_30241979 | 9639 | Z-Whiz | gold chrome with orange, white & blue trim | HK | bs

IMG_14651979 | 9641 | Spoiler Sport | gold chrome with black, red, orange trim, two small rear windows | HK | bs

REPAINTS AND BASE CHANGES

IMG_70871979 | 2639 | Fire Chaser | red with black, yellow & white trim | HK | bs

1979 | 7647 | Torino Stocker | black with yellow, white & orange trim | HK | bs

1979 | 7660 | Monte Carlo Stocker | dark blue with yellow, white & green trim | HK | bs

1979 | 7660 | Monte Carlo Stocker | dark blue with yellow, white & green trim, Chevrolet on sides | HK | bs

1979 | 8272 | Large Charge | orange with maroon, purple & white trim | HK | bs

IMG_54521979 | 9205 | California Cruisin’ (Super Van) | chrome metalflake with orange, yellow & black trim | MY | bs

1979 | 9241 | Corvette Stingray | yellow with black, orange, yellow & white trim | MY | bs

IMG_84791979 | 9643 | Letter Getter | white, black plastic base, red & blue trim | HK | bs

IMG_71661979 | 9645 | GMC Motorhome | orange with blue, white & yellow trim, chrome plastic base | HK | bs

1979 | 9646 | Show Hoss II | light green with black, blue & white trim | HK | bs

1979 | 9646 | Show Hoss II | yellow with dark red, black & white trim | HK | bs

IMG_71701979 | 9647 | ’56 Hi-Tail Hauler | light blue with yellow & red trim, yellow motorcycles | HK | bs

1979 | 9647 | ’56 Hi-Tail Hauler | light blue with yellow & red trim, black motorcycles | HK | bs

1979 | 9648 | T-Totaller | brown with orange, blue & white trim | HK | bs

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 plastic windshield, like the red and brown blackwall model shown here that I picked up on eBay.

img_0315img_03161979 | 2505 | Auburn 852 | red with dark brown plastic fenders | Hong Kong | blackwalls

I have a few other variations – all missing their windshields – including this yellow and brown blackwall model from 1981 that I got from the Dealer.

img_0511img_05121981 | 2505 | Auburn 852 | yellow with brown plastic fenders | Hong Kong | blackwalls

I love the metalflake gold version with whitewalls from 1983 that I found on eBay.

img_8468img_84691983 | 2505 | Auburn 852 | metalflake gold with brown plastic fenders | Malaysia | white walls

And finally, another one from the Dealer, a red on red version with white walls from 1991.

img_0513 img_05141991 | 2527 | Auburn 852 | red with red plastic fenders | Malaysia | white walls