1980 Hot Wheels

This page lists all of the 1980 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

1980 | 1125 | Turbo Mustang | yellow w/orange, black, red tampo | HK | bw

1980 | 1126 | Stutz Blackhawk | gray with blue, yellow and white trim | HK | bw

1980 | 1127 | Greyhound MC8 | silver & white, blue and red trim | HK | bw

1980 | 1129 | Super Scraper | yellow with black, orange and blue trim, orange plastic bed and blade | HK | bw

1980 | 1130 | Tricar X-8 | white with blue and red trim | HK | bw

1980 | 1131 | ’40s Woodie (Hi-Rakers) | orange with tan interior, smooth plastic wood panels | HK | bw

1980 | 1132 | 3-Window ’34 (Hi-Rakers) | red with brown fenders, yellow trim | HK | bw

1980 | 1134 | Turbo Wedge (Hi-Rakers) | light green with missing yellow plastic wing | HK | bw

1980 | 1135 | ‘Vette Van | black with white, red and yellow trim | MY | bw

1980 | 1136 | ’63 Split Window Corvette | gray with white, blue and orange trim | MY | bw

1980 | 1153 | Dodge D-50 | red, white plastic top, orange, black, yellow trim | HK | bw

1980 | 1168 | CAT Forklift (Workhorses) | yellow with black plastic cage, Cv80 tampo | HK | bw

1980 | 1168 | CAT Forklift (Workhorses) | yellow with black plastic cage, Cv80 cast | HK | bw

1980 | 1171 | CAT Dump Truck (Workhorses) | yellow, unpainted metal base | HK | yellow ct

1980 | 1172 | CAT Bulldozer (Workhorses) | yellow, yellow plastic base | HK | black rubber treads

1980 | 1173 | CAT Wheel Loader (Workhorses) | yellow, yellow metal base | HK | yellow ct

1980 | The Great American Race Truck Set | Hammer Down | red with blue and white sticker | HK | bw

1980 | The Great American Race Truck Set | Movin’ On | white with red and white sticker | HK | bw

1980 | 1169 | Peterbilt Cement Mixer | red with white & gray plastic mixer, non-recessed exhaust stacks | HK | bw

1980 | 5144 | Hiway Hauler | white, “North American Van Lines” graphics | HK | bw

 

REPAINTS AND BASE CHANGES

1980 | 2012 | Jaguar XJS | blue, XJS and yellow jaguar | HK | bw

1980 | 2014 | Hot Bird | blue with yellow & red trim | HK | bw

1980 | 2014 | Hot Bird | brown with yellow & red trim | HK | bw

1980 | 2015 | Packin’ Pacer | orange with red, purple and blue trim | HK | bw

1980 | 2020 | Stagefright | flat brown with orange and yellow trim | HK | bw

1980 | 2022 | Baja Breaker | green with yellow, blue and white tampo, plastic hood opens | MY | bw

1980 | 2022 | Baja Breaker | green with yellow, olive and white tampo, plastic hood opens | HK | bw

1980 | 2500 | Upfront 924 | orange with red, yellow & black trim | HK | bw

1980 | 2503 | Spacer Racer | metalflake red with yellow, white and black trim | HK | bw

1980 | 2506 | Flat Out 442 | yellow with blue, red and orange trim, with pentagon | HK | bw

1980 | 2507 | Dumpin’ A | orange with yellow dumper, brown fenders | HK | bw

1980 | 2509 | Bywayman | light green with white, black and yellow trim | HK | bw

1980 | 2510 | Inside Story | yellow with purple and red trim | HK | bw

1980 | 2511 | Bubble Gunner | light green with yellow blue, and white trim | HK | bw

1980 Wisconsin Toy Co. promo | 6967 | Dune Daddy | blue with yellow, blue and orange trim, black plastic base | HK | rl

1980 Wisconsin Toy Co. promo | 6967 | Swingin’ Wing | yellow with orange and purple trim, black plastic base | HK | rl

1980 Wisconsin Toy Co. promo | 7620 | Custom Volkswagen | orange with black, yellow and green bug, black plastic base | HK | rl

1980 Wisconsin Toy Co. promo | 7654 | Warpath | red with white and blue trim, black plastic base | HK | rl

1980 | 7649 | Super Van | white with red flames | HK | bw

1980 | 9206 | P-911 | white with red, black and blue trim | HK | gho

1980 | 9241 | Corvette Stingray | orange w/ black, purple and yellow trim | HK | bw

1980 | 9241 | Corvette Stingray | orange w/ black, purple and yellow trim | HK | gho

1980 | 9088 | Rock Buster | green with white, red & blue trim | HK | bw

1980 | 9639 | Z-Whiz | green with dk green, lt green and white trim | HK | bw

1980 | 9641 | Spoiler Sport | light green with black, red and yellow trim, one large back window | HK | bw

1980 | 9645 | GMC Motorhome | green with black, white and yellow trim | HK | bw

1980 | 9648 | T-Totaller | red, gold plastic base, white, yellow, blue trim | HK | bw

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Hot Wheels 1983 Chevy Citation and 1982 ’57 Chevy

It’s always nice to have friends and family keeping an eye out for good finds. My brother Ernie gave me these two Hot Wheels for Christmas.

The Hot Wheels Chevy Citation was first released in 1981 and can be found in about a dozen variations up until 1985. This is the first Chevy Citation I’ve added to my collection and this metalflake brown model with gold Hot Ones is from 1983.

The real-life Chevrolet Citation was a compact car manufactured from 1980 until 1985 and – believe it or not – was developed to replace my beloved Chevy Nova. The Citation X-11 was a variant that offered sporty trim and performance upgrades from the standard model.

Hot Wheels | 1983 | 3362 | Chevy Citation | metalflake red-brown with red, black and white trim | MY | gho

This ’57 Chevy from 1982 is a little rough. But if you’d like to see what the paint and tampo are supposed to look like, check out my blackwall-wearing version from 1978.

Hot Wheels introduced the Hot Ones wheels in 1981. Click here to read more about this and see another one of my Hot Ones-wearing ’57 Chevys.

Hot Wheels | 1982 | 9638 | ’57 Chevy | black with white & yellow trim | HK | gho

2019 Hot Wheels Speed Graphics ’68 Chevy Nova

It’s tough to pick an all-time favorite variation of one of my all-time favorite Hot Wheels castings, but I have to say the 2019 HW Speed Graphics ’68 Chevy Nova is right up there. Ever since the 1960s, when Gulf Racing dominated the golden era of sports car racing with Ford GT40s and Porsche 917s, the iconic blue and orange livery looks great on just about anything. I also think the choice of wheels on this model was right on.

I think it’s interesting that the Car Culture Gulf Racing series was also released this year. It makes me wonder if the Gulf Nova was originally considered for that series.

Hot Wheels | FYD02 | 2019 HW Speed Graphics 7/10 | 1968 Chevy Nova | baby blue with orange and blue Gulf trim | orange rim MC5 | Alternate tool (no hood scoop)

You can see the rest of my Hot Wheels ’68 Novas here.

1978 Hot Wheels

This page lists all of the 1978 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

1978 | 2012 | Jaguar XJS | gray with yellow, red & black trim, | HK | bs

1978 | 2013 | ’57 T-Bird | white with red, blue & black trim, round rear side windows | HK | bs

1978 | 2013 | ’57 T-Bird | yellow with red, blue & black trim, round rear side windows | HK | bs

1978 | 2014 | Hot Bird | black with yellow & red trim | HK | bs

1978 | 2015 | Packin’ Pacer | yellow with red, purple and blue trim | HK | bs

1978 | 2016 | A-OK | light green w/olive fenders, “Early Times” trim | HK | bs

1978 | 2017 | Lickety Six | dark blue | HK | bs

1978 | 2018 | Science Friction | white w/ “Space Cop” trim | HK | bs

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

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

1978 | 2020 | Stagefright | brown | HK | bs

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

1978 | 2021 | Race Bait 308 | red with yellow white & black trim, black metal base | HK | bs

1978 | 2022 | Baja Breaker | gray with yellow, red & blue trim | HK | bs

1978 | 2023 | Army Funny Car | white w/red & blue trim | HK | bs

REPAINTS AND BASE CHANGES

1978 | 7662 | American Victory | magenta with orange & yellow trim | HK | bs

1978 | 8235 | Jet Threat II | blue with orange & yellow trim | HK | bs

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

1978 | 9647 | ’56 Hi-Tail Hauler | orange with yellow & blue trim, black motorcycles | HK | bs

1978 Oldies But Goodies | 9649 | ‘31 Doozie | orange with tan top, light brown fenders | HK | bs

RESCUE TEAM

1978 | 7650 | Emergency Squad | red with white & yellow trim, blue plastic insert | HK | bs (Could also be found in the 1977 Flying Colors series)

1978 | 7661 | Paramedic | yellow with red & white trim, metal base | HK | bs (Could also be found in the 1977 Flying Colors series)

1978 | 7665 | Chief’s Special | red with white & yellow trim | HK | bs (Could also be found in the 1977 Flying Colors series)

1978 | 9640 | Fire Eater | red, black & yellow trim, blue hose bed, no holes in base | MY | bs (Could also be found in the 1977 Flying Colors series)

SUPER CHROMES

1978 Super Chromes | 9205 | Super Van | chrome with red, black and yellow “California Cruisin'” trim | HK | bw

1978 Super Chromes | 9207 | Prowler | chrome with black, red and white trim | HK | bw

2018 Hot Wheels Flames ’63 Chevy II

I think I spent most of 2018 looking for this Hot Wheels Flames version of the ’63 Chevy II, a casting which made its debut in 2016. Just before Halloween, I finally found mine at a relatively new (to Wichita) store called 4 Below (similar to a dollar store, with everything $4 or less). In fact they had a pair of them hanging in their small Hot Wheels section, so I was able to choose the cleanest card of the two.

I’m not a huge fan of the PR5 wheel, but the flame and paint combo is pretty sharp. I see there is also a black Kroger exclusive version with blue and yellow flames that looks even more striking, so I’ll be hunting for that one too. My favorite variation so far of the ’63 Chevy II is the 2017 Retro Series version that was a Target exclusive.

Hot Wheels | FJW68 | 2018 HW Flames | ’63 Chevy II | metallic green with orange and yellow trim | PR5

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

2017 MAD Magazine ’64 Chevy Nova Delivery

Like many of you, I imagine, MAD Magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman was one of the iconic figures from my childhood. Although, as familiar as I am with his goofy grin, I was not – until now – aware of his origins.

An advertisement for a stage play, The New Boy, which debuted on Broadway in 1894, features a character with the same, unmistakable features; the bad haircut, big ears, gap-toothed grin and crooked eyes. The New Boy even had a similar catch phrase, “What’s the good of anything? – Nothing!” In fact, the character was adopted by political cartoonists and product advertisements, appearing over the years in everything from a 1930 postcard for James Evans Auto Parts (with the slogan “Me Worry?”) to political ads opposing FDR’s reelection in 1940.

The character began appearing in MAD Magazine in 1954, eventually with the phrase “What? Me Worry?” When Al Feldstein became the editor in 1956, he commissioned Norman Mingo to create an illustration which established the look that has been used ever since. Early on, the character had various names such as Melvin Coznowski or Mel Haney. The magazine’s editors were fans of the Henry Morgan radio show, which featured an innocuous character named Newman (a reference to the film score composer of the ’40s and ’50s, Alfred Newman.) Eventually, the character became Alfred E. Neuman, with his signature catch phrase, “What – Me Worry?”

This MAD ’64 Nova Wagon came to me from my friend, Brad, in a trade for some additions to his collection of Jeeps and 4x4s. It completes my collection of the 2017 Pop Culture MAD series, which also includes the delightful Don Martin vehicles and the spectacular Spy vs. Spy vans.

DWH24 | 2017 Pop Culture MAD Magazine | ’64 Chevy Nova Delivery | yellow and white with Alfred E. Neuman trim | RRLW5

You can follow a link trail of my other ’64 Nova Deliveries by starting here.

And just for fun, here’s an assortment of my vintage MAD digest covers showing Alfred E. Neuman doing his thing.