1970 Hot Wheels Peeping Bomb

This 1970 Peeping Bomb is the last of three redline-era Hot Wheels that I got in the FBQT collection. Designed by Howard Rees, it was cast in both U.S. and Hong Kong and painted in a wide variety of Spectraflame colors. Rarities among these are white interior (versus the common black) or orange painted headlights, which are only found on Spectraflame orange or purple models. In 1973, a series of Shell promotional versions were released (all Hong Kong-cast) in a more limited color range. Also, a small number of U.S. cast models were marketed in Mexico during the early 1970s.

As you can see, my Peeping Bomb has quite a few paint chips, a badly yellowed windshield, and is also missing the caps on both front wheels. Looking on the bright side, however, the cockpit lever that operates the “peeping” headlights still works (see photo below).

Hot Wheels | 1970 | 6419 | Peepin’ Bomb | Spectraflame aqua | USA | rl

The below photo is a close-up of the two different positions of the headlights and the cockpit lever that operates them.

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1969 Hot Wheels Classic ’36 Ford Coupe

This well-worn 1969 Hot Wheels Classic ’36 Ford Coupe is from the FBQT collection. This aqua model represents one of 19 different Spectraflame colors that the ’36 Ford Coupe was produced in.

Even with the missing front wheel and chipped paint, it’s still a pretty darn attractive little car.

In 1976, the casting was retooled – removing the opening rumble seat and giving it a plastic hood scoop – and it was renamed Neet Streeter. But in 2005, the Classic ’36 Ford Coupe was brought back for the Red Line Club.

Hot Wheels | 1969 | 6253 | Classic ’36 Ford Coupe | Spectraflame aqua | USA

1968 Hot Wheels Ford J-Car

I have a ritual I perform every time I bring home a bunch of cars. As I’m cataloging them into my collection, I total up the mint value of all of the cars and compare it with the amount I spent to acquire them. It’s actually a bad habit, I know, since I’m usually buying loose cars which are nowhere near mint condition. But it gives me a good general idea of whether or not I made a “good buy”.

When I recently made my first purchase from the Facebook Marketplace, I picked up a bunch of cars for $50. After I narrowed the bunch down to 25 keepers, I totaled up the mint values which came to $405. I felt pretty good about that for a few minutes (especially since that dollar amount impressed my wife), but as I observed the generally poor condition of the cars in the bunch, I had to be honest with myself that it maybe wasn’t among the best buys I’ve made.

My favorite car in the bunch (which I will call the FBQT collection because I contacted the seller through Facebook and met her at a Quick Trip) is this 1968 Hot Wheels Ford J-Car. I still have the Ford J-Car from my childhood collection, so I’m pretty fond of this casting. This one is a little rough, but the Spectraflame olive paint still has that beautiful shine.

The redline Ford J-Car came packaged with a sticker sheet and this one still has most of the stickers, with the exception of the missing rocker panel stripe on the right side of the car.

Early Ford J-Cars had an opening rear hatch that flipped all the way back. Later cars had a stop peg cast to the top of the hatch and a corresponding block cast to the body to prevent the hatch from opening all the way. This example is a transitional model since it has the block cast into the body but no peg on the hatch. For comparison, click here to see my childhood car, which is the later block and peg version.

Hot Wheels | 1968 | 6214 | Ford J-Car | Spectraflame olive, black interior, transitional hatch (block cast in body, but no peg on hatch) | USA | rl

I also have a Hot Wheels Collector’s Club version of the Ford J-Car, which you can see here.

 

1975 Hot Wheels Emergency Squad, Ranger Rig and Variations

The Hot Wheels Emergency Squad and Ranger Rig, both released in 1975, were the same casting with different paint and decoration. In fact, several models released in 1975 (Backwoods Bomb, Paramedic/Super Van, Emergency Squad/Ranger Rig, Ramblin’ Wrecker) used the same molded base and grille.

Emergency Squad is said to be based on the TV show Emergency! which ran from 1972 until 1977 and was one of my favorites. The vehicle in the show, Squad 51, was a Dodge D-300 and it now sits in the Los Angeles County Fire Museum along with its co-star, Engine 51.

This redline-wearing first release from 1975 came from eBay. I also still have the 1977 blackwall version of Emergency Squad from my childhood.

Hot Wheels | 1975 | 7650 | Emergency Squad | red with white & yellow trim, blue plastic insert | HK | rl

Next up is the redline 1975 first release of Ranger Rig.

Hot Wheels | 1975 | 7666 | Ranger Rig | green, red plastic insert, Forest Service Unit 71, etc. | HK | rl

In 1986, the casting was renamed Rescue Ranger (and more recently, HW Rapid Responder) and many, many variations followed. This green version with a yellow insert and colorful Forest Service emblem on the doors is from 1986.

Hot Wheels | 1986 | 2537 | Rescue Ranger | green, yellow plastic insert, Forest Service Tools Seeds | MY | bw

Finally, this red model with yellow insert and Hot Wheels Rescue Unit on the doors is from the 1988 Workhorses Series.

I also have a yellow Airship Support Team version from the 1994 Blimp & Support Team 5-Pack.

Hot Wheels | 1988 Workhorses | 5145 | Rescue Ranger | red with yellow plastic insert, yellow and black Hot Wheels Rescue Unit | MY | bw

1975 Hot Wheels Ramblin’ Wrecker

There are a lot of great Hot Wheels stories, but one of my favorites is the one about how designer Larry Wood put his home phone number on the side of the Ramblin’ Wrecker. Shortly after the model was released in 1975, Larry started getting phone calls from curious kids all over. As you can imagine, his phone number was removed from subsequent releases.

The 1975 release with the phone number can be found with either blue tinted windows or smoke tinted, as you see here. Unfortunately, mine is missing part of its plastic tow bar. I also have an even more worn example of the later blackwall version from 1977.

Hot Wheels | 1975 | 7659 | Ramblin’ Wrecker | white, gray windows, tel. number | HK | rl

Hot Wheels 1975 Warpath

The Hot Wheels AMX/2, based on the American Motors experimental car unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show in 1969, first appeared in 1971 during the Spectraflame era. The model came back in 1973 as Xploder wearing a variety of enamel paint colors. In 1975, it was renamed Warpath and was given a patriotic tampo design.

There are only 3 variations of Warpath: white with red and blue tampo as you see here; a 1975 restaurant promotional that is identical to this but with the Herfy’s logo across the sides; and a red paint with white and blue tampo Wisconsin Toy Company version from 1980. In 1985, the casting was retooled without the plastic opening engine covers and renamed Redliner. Then it appeared one final time in 1987 as Road Torch.

Hot Wheels | 1975 | 7654 | Warpath | white with red and blue trim | HK | rl

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