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

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Hot Wheels 1979 Golden Machines 6-Pack

I was snooping around on eBay the other day when I noticed a seller had just listed four super-clean gold chrome Hot Wheels with a “Buy It Now” price and a “Make An Offer” option. After a little negotiating, I agreed to a price and bought them all. With these four, I complete my collection of the Golden Machines 6-Pack from 1979.

The Jaguar XJS made its debut in the Flying Colors series from 1978. I have that gray one in my collection as well as a blue version from 1980. I actually already had a gold chrome XJS, but it was a beat-up garage sale find, nowhere near as nice as this eBay score.

 img_3022 img_30231979 | 2012 | Jaguar XJS | gold chrome with red & black trim | Hong Kong | blackwalls

Also introduced in the 1978 Flying Colors series, the Hot Bird is a collector’s favorite. In my collection, I have the original black version which has blackwalls, a blue version from 1980, and another black one from 1982 with gold Hot Ones wheels. There is also a variation of this casting from 1979 that’s called the Captain America.

img_3019img_30171979 | 2014 | Hot Bird | gold chrome with orange & blue trim | Hong Kong | blackwalls

Yet another casting from the 1978 Flying Colors series, Race Bait 308 originally wore red paint. I have two of those from 1978, but neither one is as clean as this one. Introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 1975, the real Ferrari 308 was on the lower end of the company’s range, but has become one of the more iconic Ferrari models.

img_3020 img_30211979 | 2021 | Race Bait 308 | gold chrome with white & black trim | Hong Kong | blackwalls

The Z-Whiz, based on a Datsun 280Z, first appeared in the 1977 Flying Colors series wearing similar tampo as this gold chrome version, but over grey paint. I also have a nice, clean grey version which I haven’t posted yet.

img_3024 img_30251979 | 9639 | Z-Whiz | gold chrome with orange, white & blue trim | Hong Kong | blackwalls

The Corvette Stingray is one of my favorite Hot Wheels, mostly because I’ve had the original enamel red redline from 1976 since I was a kid. I also have a fairly clean orange version from 1980. I picked up this gold chrome version on eBay awhile back and it has a little more wear than my recent finds.

img_0573 img_05751979 | 9241 | Corvette Stingray | gold chrome with black, orange and white trim | Hong Kong | blackwalls

Spoiler Sport has been around since the 1977 Flying Colors series. I scored this one on eBay along with 3 other mini-van-like Hot Wheels from the same seller. I have the original light green version as well as a variation of the casting that was released in 1979 as The Incredible Hulk. One interesting thing about Spoiler Sport is that it can be found with one large window in the back, or – like this model – with a pair of stacked horizontal slits for rear windows.

img_1465 img_14661979 | 9641 | Spoiler Sport | gold chrome with black, red, orange trim, two small rear windows | Hong Kong | blackwalls

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