The Walmart exclusive 2020 Hot Wheels American Steel series was released way back in December, so I’m a little late to the party with this one. Well, as they say, better late than never. I wasn’t able to find one locally, so my friend, Brad, found one for me in Santa Fe. Thanks, Brad, for the recent shipment!
The series pays homage to some of the heavy steel classics from the heyday of Detroit auto production, such as the ’66 Ford 427 Fairlane, the ’69 Mercury Cougar Eliminator, the ’69 Shelby GT 500, the ’70 Buick GSX, the ’70 Camaro, the ’70 Pontiac GTO Judge, the ’72 Ford Torino, the Custom ’64 Galaxie, the Custom ’67 Pontiac Firebird – and a really nice ’61 Chevy Impala SS.
The Hot Wheels ’61 Impala has only been around since 2012 and I have several variations in my collection, including the metallic aqua and metallic dark red versions from the 2012 New Models, the 2013 Cool Classics release, and both versions from the 2019 Fast & Furious series.
Hot Wheels | GJW69 | 2020 American Steel | ’61 Impala | metalflake purple with lavender and black trim | Thailand | PR5
The Hot Wheels Crack-Ups made their debut in 1985. Each model in the series has a spring-loaded panel that changes from “clean” to “wrecked” when the cars are banged into each other or something else. This Hood Basher from the first year of the series is in pretty decent shape, considering it was designed to be smashed into things.
This Buick stock car, which is one of the cars that was included in my recent Matchbox garage purchase, has a flipping panel on the nose of the car that pops the hood open and makes it look as if the car has hit a light pole head-on.
Click here and here to see previous pages where I’ve shown other Hot Wheels Crack-Ups in my collection.
Hot Wheels | 1985 Crack-Ups | 9155 | Hood Basher (Buick Regal) | maroon with yellow, orange and black trim | HK | bw
The Hot Wheels Jeep CJ-7 was first released in 1982 and has appeared in about 20 variations up to 1990. This metalflake brown model with blackwalls and a black interior is from 1983 (other variations from 1983 have a tan interior and/or Real Riders) and is one of the cars that came with the Matchbox garage I recently purchased. The CJ-7 is difficult to find loose with its plastic windshield intact, and this one is even missing the plastic spare tire cover on the back.
In my collection I also have a worn white version of the CJ-7 from the 1986 Trailbusters series and a nice, clean Roll Patrol Jeep CJ-7 from the 1985 Action Command series. The Hot Wheels CJ-7 was retooled in 2013 and was included in the 2017 Surf’s Up 5-Pack.
Hot Wheels | 1983 | 3259 | Jeep CJ-7 | metalflake red-brown with with black, red and orange eagle, black interior missing windshield and spare tire | MY | bw
I have heard cars that are in very poor condition described as “placeholders,” meaning that you will keep them only until you find an identical car in better shape. I think this is an interesting way to look at it, but even well-worn cars have a certain charm. And I have a fair amount of “placeholders” in my collection.
This Hot Wheels P-911 is one such car. It is one of the “keepers” from my recent Facebook Marketplace purchase of a Matchbox garage and 30 cars – and was one of the models that stood out to me in the original online photo. I couldn’t tell from the photo, of course, that it was in such poor condition. On the plus side, it is the gold Hot Ones variation from 1982 that will make a nice companion to the blackwall version I already have.
The popular Hot Wheels P-911 was first cast in 1975 and can be found in about 35 variations up to the Final Run series in 2001. In my collection, I also have a mint example (not a placeholder) of the white 1989 Ziploc promo.
Hot Wheels | 1982 | 7648 | P-911 | black with white, yellow and red trim | HK | gho
The other day, while browsing the Facebook Marketplace, a photo of a Matchbox parking garage caught my eye. It wasn’t actually the garage that interested me, though the Matchbox Mission 4-Level Garage playset looked to be in pretty good shape. No, what really attracted my interest was what appeared to be a vintage Hot Wheels redline Deora among the 30 or so cars included with the garage. As I studied the photo, I was fairly sure I was also seeing a blackwall-era Hot Wheels P-911 and Jeep CJ-7, as well as a couple of Superfast Matchbox models in the mix.
You know how it is: You can’t make out enough detail to be sure of what you’re seeing, much less tell the condition of the items. I thought about asking the seller for better photos of the cars, but I didn’t want to alert her to the fact that she might have something there that was more valuable than the garage itself. After deliberating for a week or so, I decided I was all-in and I messaged the seller. I was going to make the 45-minute drive to a neighboring town and pay $20 for a Matchbox garage I didn’t really want, in the hopes that I might land some good cars.
As it turned out, it was a beautiful day for a drive in the country and I made out okay. The cars are not in great condition, but they are what I thought they were – and there are a few others of interest that I didn’t recognize in the photo. Of the 30 cars, I ended up with 10 “keepers,” and I expect to be able to turn around and re-sell the garage for what I paid for it.
Though the Deora is far from pristine, it is an original 1968 Hong Kong casting and is actually in better shape than the only other redline Deora in my collection. And I love the color.
Based on the real-life 1964 Dodge Deora concept car designed by Harry Bradley, the Hot Wheels Deora is one of the first 16 Hot Wheels models released in 1968. It was produced in 11 different Spectraflame colors and was cast in both Hong Kong and the U.S. (though not all colors were made in both countries). The Deora was retooled for the 1994 25th Anniversary series and almost 30 variations have been released since.
Hot Wheels | 1968 | 6210 | Deora | lime | HK | rl | $75
And since I don’t like my cars to be missing parts, I went online and found some reproduction surfboards for my pair of Deoras at BrightVisonWheels.com.
In order to continue bringing you selections from my growing collection, I’ve made some changes to my blog. The Race Case is now four different sites:
- This site, the original The Race Case is dedicated to my collection of Hot Wheels
- The Race Case MBX shows my collection of Matchbox cars
- The Race Case JL is for my Johnny Lightning brand models
- and The Race Case, Etc. is the catch-all for any other brands in my collection including Tomica, Majorette, Husky/Corgi and many others.
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Back in January, when my friend, Chris, sent me a link to a Facebook Marketplace listing of a bunch of nice, blackwall-era Hot Wheels, this metalflake red Corvette Stingray from 1983 was the first model that caught my eye. I had found a rough one of these last year and I said then that I would keep my eyes out for a cleaner example. Well, here it is.
I still have the 1976 first-release Hot Wheels Corvette Stingray from my childhood and it is a favorite casting of mine. The Corvette Stingray has been produced in about 70 different variations and I have relatively few in my collection, including the shiny model from the 1979 Golden Machines 6-Pack, the orange 1980 version, the white variation from 1985 with a fun racing livery, and the laser-engraved plastic model from the 1992 Gleam Team series.
Hot Wheels | 1983 | 9241 | Corvette Stingray | metalflake red with white, orange and yellow trim | HK | gho