1885 Smash Hit and Other Crack Ups

The Hot Wheels Crack Ups made their debut in 1985. Each model has a spring-loaded panel that, when crashed, will flip around to show its damaged side. There are several different castings of these which are sometimes difficult to identify – mostly since each variation was often given a different name. For example, the Hot Wheels wiki shows 10 different color/tampo variations of this Nissan-like casting with 8 different model names. I was particularly attracted to the paint and tampo combination on this 1985 model called Smash Hit, which I found on eBay.

img_8520 img_8521 img_85221985 | 7821 | Smash Hit (Crack Up) | green with pale green and yellow trim | Hong Kong | blackwalls

I also have a metallic red variation of this casting called Speed Crasher.

Another Crack Up casting is Sport Crasher, also from 1985. I got this one from the Dealer. As is often the case with Crack Ups, this one has been cracked up so many times that it no longer stays in its undamaged form – in fact it appears to be missing a piece.

img_1857 img_18581985 | 7070 | Sport Crasher (Crack Up) | black with orange and purple flames | Malaysia | blackwalls

Bang Up Job is another Crack Up casting from 1985. I also got this fairly clean model from the Dealer.

img_7157 img_7158img_7155img_71561985 | 7582 | Bang Up Job (Crack Up) | red with yellow, white and blue trim | Hong Kong | blackwalls 

I also have a green variation of this casting called Bangster, which is from 1986.

And finally another 1986 Crack Up, Side Grinder, which came from the Dealer and no longer holds its undamaged form.

img_1855 img_18561986 | 2558 | Side Grinder (Crack Up) | black with orange, purple, red trim | Hong Kong | blackwalls 

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Matchbox 1972 AMX Javelin and Other Garage Sale Finds

For many years, my older brother, Joe, had a yard full of project cars. Among the mostly Chevys, there were two 1968 AMX Javelins. The plan was take the motor from the wrecked one and put it in the other car, which had no engine but a straight body. I spent a summer doing some work for my brother, hoping to someday drive that Javelin. Unfortunately, the project car never came to fruition. I always preferred the first generation Javelins, like that ’68 in my brothers yard. In 1971, the Javelin was redesigned and the car took on bulging fenders which I thought made the car look kind of cartoony. But maybe that’s why the car works so well as a toy.

I found this Matchbox 1972 AMX Javelin at a garage sale where there was a bin full of cars in Ziploc bags, priced 5 for $2. As I started looking through them, a boy who was sitting nearby offered me the whole bin for $50. I had already decided there were many cars in the box that I didn’t want, so I asked him if there were any old ones in the lot. “There are some from the 60s,” he claimed, “but most are from the 80s.” Well, if there were any from the 60s, somebody got to them before me, but I did walk away with several bags of cars, most with only one car I really wanted. This Javelin from 1972 was the oldest car I could find.

img_1324img_13251972 | 9 | AMX Javelin | metallic light green with yellow interior, opening doors | Superfast wheels

The next most interesting car that I took home is this gold Hot Wheels Jaguar XJS from 1979. The XJS was first released the previous year, but this variation – part of the Golden Machines 6-pack – would be more valuable if it were in mint condition (which, obviously, this one is not).

img_1317 img_13181979 | 2012 | Jaguar XJS | gold chrome with yellow & black trim | HK | blackwalls

I’ve always loved the Hot Wheels ’31 Doozie, in fact I’ve had one since I was a kid. This maroon version from 1986 looks pretty sharp with the white wall tires. Too bad it’s missing the tan plastic top.

img_1313img_13141986 | 9649 | ’31 Doozie | maroon with maroon plastic fenders, missing tan top | MY | white walls

The Hot Wheels Upfront 924 was first released in 1979. I have that yellow first casting as well as another orange version that was made in Malaysia, so this Hong Kong-built model makes three for me so far.

img_1320 img_13211980 | 2500 | Upfront 924 | orange with red yellow & black trim | HK | blackwalls

I also added another casting to my collection of Hot Wheels Crack Ups from 1985. This metallic red Speed Crasher has been cracked up so many times that it no longer clicks back into like-new shape.

img_1315img_13161985 | 7824 | Speed Crasher (Crack Up) | metallic red with white, yellow and orange trim | HK |blackwalls

And finally, the garage sale box also yielded this Hot Wheels Porsche 930, a late-era blackwall from 1991. Wouldn’t you know, of the 4 different colors released for the first casting, this red variation is the least valuable.

img_1322img_13231991 | 7607 | Porsche 930 | red with yellow, black & white trim | MY | blackwalls