Monday, February 15, 2010

Hot Wheels Carrying Case and Cars from 1968!

While roaming around the basement of my girlfriends grandmother's house in Henderson, NC searching for a strange antique toaster that I had been informed of, I stumbled upon something even more interesting: a box full of Hot Wheels, Matchbox, and Johnny Lightning cars from the late 60's!

So what what kinds of awesomeness did the average kids of the 60's get to play with? Well here is the list of the findings:

1968 VW 1600 TL Fastback
1968 Opel Diplomat (the best car of the set)
1967 Mercury Cougar (looks as though it was left in play-Detroit overnight)
1969 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow Coupe
1969 Pontiac GTO
1968 Chevy Camaro
1967 Plymouth Barracuda
1963 Buick Riviera
1969 Mercury Park Lane Wagon (plus dogs)
1965 Ferrari 250GT SWB with Magnum 500 wheels
Bedford Coach
Dodge Cab-over Cattle Truck
AJ Foyt Indy Car
"Deora" (Cab-over El Camino)
"Silhouette" (bubble car with a V8)
"Twin Mill" (twin SC big blocked rocket thingy)
"Torero" (drug induced Bizarrini interpretation)
"TurboFire" (like Trorero but a little uglier)
"Custom Fleetside" (Chevy C10 with velocity stacks and slightly caminoized)
"Flame Out" (Triple Big Block Model T Delivery Van)

It's amazing that with collections like this available to young children that boring cars would be designed by them later in life. Who knows, maybe those designers had hand picked an assortment of six cylinder automatic '57 Chevy sedans from Woolworths.

After I had picked through these cars, I tried my best not to look creepy while sifting through the Matchbox and Hot Wheels collection at Target. It took all I had not to buy five or ten, but they had a green Javelin which I couldn't resist for $1.09.

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