This is a Hot Wheels Redline Ferrari 312p released exclusively in 1970. I found it at a local antique store for a mere $10. Given the good condition of the wheels and minimal oxidation on the body, it seemed like a good candidate for restoration.
I started by taking the car apart and stripping the paint. Fairly simple stuff. Upon inspecting the body I found very minimal oxidation with almost no pits or dings.
Next step was to bring out some shine in the metal by giving it a quick scrub with a fine steel wool.
Next step was polishing...
And then painting. I used a urethane based copper color from redlineshop.com.
Last step was to paint the rear black and taillights red, then put the car back together using some tiny screws.
Here it is next to a near mint original that I have. Hope you like it!
(This is my first time writing anything substantial on here. Please forgive any mistakes)
I like 1/64 Diecast
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Resurrection of a Racer
Since I'm new here (from drivetribe, obviously) I figured I should do an introduction. I am a collector of 1/64 scale diecast with a collection of about 2,500 cars. Mostly vintage hot wheels and matchbox. I daily drive a 1991 300zx. I look forward to figuring out this new (to me)site and meeting some new people!
Btw: where should I post my diecast photos here?
Tamiya Skyline build is complete!
Modified Tamiya Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R V-Spec
I decided to build this as if it was a normal R34 GT-R but with some aftermarket parts. I gave it some carbon fiber touches and a new exhaust. It sits on lowered suspension with Nismo LMGT4 wheels.
Down in the Junkyard at Key Motors
Key Motors is an auto salvage yard in Molalla, Oregon. Their stock consists almost completely of pre-1990s cars.
Rather surprisingly, considering their rarity, Key Motors has it's fair share of Ford Edsels. Including this one with bullet holes in the windows.
A row of old trucks.
One of my favorites in the yard. An old Chevy El Camino gasser called "High Bucks".
A GMC Sprint sits with what appears to be fairly minimal rust. I'd never heard of these before seeing this one.
Some cars sit in the woods next to the yard like this Ford Rambler Wagon.
I would have gotten more pictures, but unfortunately I went in the winter when about a third of the yard is flooded. This includes the Camaros, Firebirds, and some of the pre-1960s cars. I've made it a point to go back here sometime in the next year, so I'll try to get some photos then.
1968: A Year in Hot Wheels Variations
Released in 1968, Hot Wheels cars quickly became one of the most popular toys ever produced. The demand for Hot Wheels was so large that many seemingly test castings leaked into the production runs in limited quantities. This lead to a multitude of interesting design and production variations. Here, I'll cover some of these rare variations that I have in my collection.
- Open Hood Scoop (OHS) Custom Mustang
Arguably one of the most well known of these variations is the OHS Custom Mustang. These were very early run Hong Kong made castings released only in red and gold. The interior colors available for red Custom Mustangs were red or white, while gold Mustangs only ever came with brown interior. The tail panels should be painted in the body color rather than being painted black. One more thing to note is that the engine bay was painted silver on OHS Mustangs but this also carried over to some earlier run closed hood scoop ones. An OHS Mustang will cost around $900 mint but only around $250 in played condition.
- Painted Tooth Custom Cougar
One of the slightly more common variations on this list is the painted tooth Cougar. This is an early run variation made in either the US or Hong Kong where the "tooth" in the grill is painted to match the body color. For US made Cougars, available colors were blue, lime and antifreeze with Hong Kong castings only coming in blue or orange. The values on these are pretty spread out but expect to pay at least $80 for one in played condition.
- Doorline Custom Firebird
This variation is believed to be a late run test for the 1970 casting Light My Firebird. To the best of my knowledge this has not been proven however. The doorline variation is exclusive to US castings and comes in 7 different colors. The most common color is aqua (pictured above) and most rare, red. Prices vary but a played condition doorline firebird will set you back at least $100 if not more for a rare color.
- Doorline Custom T-Bird
The doorline Custom T-Bird is a late run variation that is supposedly a test for the 1970 casting TNT Bird. Again, I'm not sure if this is completely true or not. This variation is only found on US T-Birds with black roofs. The doorlines add a $350 premium to the value according to my price guide. For a played condition one, prices run at about $250.
- Hybrid Custom Barracuda
The Hybrid Barracuda is another very well recognized variation. Hybrid is a term meaning that the car uses both US and Hong Kong parts. A hybrid Barracuda will always have a US body and interior. The wheels, hood and windows can be made in the US or Hong Kong and be configured on the car in any pattern. The hybrid Barracuda came in 7 different colors with the most common being antifreeze (or purple?) And most rare being green. If you are buying one expect prices to be $100 in played condition all the way up to $2,000 for a near mint green.
- No Sunroof (NSR) Custom Volkswagen
The NSR Volkswagen is an incredibly early run car produced in very limited numbers. This variation was only sold in Japan or the UK although some claim to have found them in Germany as well. This car differs from the normal Volkswagens with not only the missing sunroof but also the absence of side windows and the addition of a roll bar over the one and only interior seat. NSR Volkswagens were only produced in Hong Kong. They came in 7 different colors with the most common being blue and the most rare being...who knows. My book says the most rare is copper but I tend to disagree on that since I've seen just as many coppers as blues. Anyways, expect to pay upwards of $500 for a blue one in played condition. Any other color will likely be over $1,000. Something to note is that the Custom Volkswagen did get rereleased with no sunroof in 1974 however the 1974 body will not fit on a 1968 chassis, so fakes here would be near impossible.
- Blue Enamel Ford J-Car
Perhaps my favorite variation on this list is the blue enamel Ford J-Car. The way they got the blue enamel was to paint spectraflame blue over white enamel which is kind of lazy, but also genius at the same time. This variation was produced exclusively in the US and given away as a promotion at the Indianapolis 500. These are extraordinary hard to come across and if you do, expect a price tag of $200+ for one in non-broken played condition.
Thanks for reading (this took way to long)
- Open Hood Scoop (OHS) Custom Mustang
Cleaned up the Criss-Cross-Crash set that I got the other day. Tried to get some cars going on it but unfortunately the foam pads in the booster are dry rotted and cant get any grip on the cars anymore. Also tried to splice in a modern booster (forgot to take any pics of that) but my one from the 80s (my only working booster) was to weak to keep a car going for any length of time, so imagination will have to do.
I bought some toothpaste (that expired in 1995)
Yes, I purchased expired toothpaste. Specifically, the Aquafresh Hot Wheels promotional. These were released in 1993 with 5 different castings and 7 variations. The casting shown here is a more common Thunderstreak race car. Other castings included the Ferrari 348, Surf Patrol, Turbo Streak and Toyota MR2. The Ferrari 348 and Surf Patrol are the more rare castings, but can still be had at the $10-$15 mark as can the rest of them.
Unfortunately, mine was damaged in shipping with the box coming half crushed, but I can't really do much as it was packed really well and was 100% the fault of the post office. Then again, it's only a $10 car so no loss, no gain, and I'm still happy to have it in my collection.
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DOTS + thrift store finds, stompers
Dodge Charger. Honestly don't care for the general lee paint scheme, but it isnt something you see every day.
Corgi 1/18 Lotus John Player Special. More excitingly, a Schaper Stompers Speedster Camaro. The name Speedster is no joke. It really has no business being as fast as it is.
The rest of my Stomper collection. They all work except for the tank. All found at thrift stores as well.