Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Car toys of course...
1. Hot wheels, Matchbox, etc. however, my favorites were the Tomica brand. Much better scale and detailing than the others, and much better selection of cars from around the world, including European and Japanese.
2. Hot wheels had a line in the '70's called "Hot Shots" which were larger than reg. Hot Wheels, and had a spring loaded cord you pulled in the back that propelled them when released, and shot sparks from the rear wheels of some models as they went.
3. Hot Wheels "Sizzlers" as well. They were sorta the poor kids sub for slot cars, and we're very fast.
4. The Kenner brand had the "SSP's" which were about 6 inch cars of various styles, usually in those great metallic candy reds or greens so notable then. They had a sort of gyroscopic wheel in the middle the chassis with a gear attached to the axle, to which you fed a plastic rip cord with teeth that meshed with the gear. You pulled the rip cord, which spun the wheel and then you put the car down and it took off. My brother and I would race ours for hours!
5. The Cox brand had their gas powered glow plug motored cars and line control airplanes. This was my introduction to "real" cars as far as I was concerned, and definitely real motors. I can still smell that fuel they used!
Currently: 1966 Giulia Super Previously: 1971 series ll 1750 GTV, '73 Spider Veloce, '69 Berlina, '69 GTV, '74 Spider Veloce