I didn't realize that gold 7 spoke wheels were a rarity on Hot Wheels. I think there have only been about 20 models made according to SouthTexasdiecast.com. Here is my meagre collection from 1995 and 1996.
These Hot Wheels Racing busses appeared on the pegs for only a brief time. I was luck enough to snag these two before they all disappeared from the stores, back in 2000.
A pair of Silhouettes and a Beatnik Bandit.
Pink Red Baron.
Pink Beatnik Bandit.
Pink Paddy Wagon.
I sometimes remove my diecast from their card/blisters and store them in 48 car cases, which i purchased from Walmart. No longer in stock, i decided to contact the makers of the cases at planomolding.com. Although the cases themselves are reasonably priced, the shipping via UPS (and brokerage costs) will be too much. Here is the response from planomolding's customer support:
Pertaining to your inquiry regarding one of our JAMMER products, the 5315. Although not featured on our website it is still a current product and can be ordered directly through our credit card department. Through this service the 5315 would be priced at $4.00 per piece plus the cost of UPS shipping. We do not send our credit card orders out via the postal system.
The most economical way to ship this item would be in full cartons which would consist of 6 pieces. The UPS charges would be $19.10. This UPS cost does not include any additional duties, taxes, etc. that might incur.
To place an order contact our department at 1-800-226-9868 Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:30am and 4:00pm (Central Time).
Thank you for your continued interest in our products.
Consumer Customer Care
When I was small I had the Corgi version of the Batmobile, so I had to get the Hot Wheels version for nostalgic purposes. It's too bad it doesn't come with Batman and Robin figures.
When I was collecting Hot Wheels around 1998 thru 2001, it seemed that almost every car had some sort of variation. Either the card was somehow different or the car itself. After awhile it became too much to try and collect them all so I gave up on Hot Wheels and focused on Johnny Lightnings. Shown above are examples of the different variations. Can you spot them all?
As Hot Wheels has it's Treasure Hunts, Johnny Lightning has it's own chase cars called White Lightnings. There are usually 2 different traits on a White Lightning that differentiates it from a regular car. In the above picture, the Mustang has both white rims and wheels. Sometimes it might be a white body colour, white exterior, white chassis, white engine, white interior. New variations have surfaced in releases where the body colour could be gold or orange. I'm particularly fond of the white, gold and orange body White Lightnings or WLs for short.
Here's a sampling of cars from the Johnny Lightning Gold series. Extra detailing is evident by the painted undercarriage. Pictured here from top to bottom: 66 Mustang Hardtop, 70 Mustang, 65 GTO, and the 65 Catalina.
I had this 1999 Matchbox Chevy Tahoe buried away and remembered at the time these were pretty hard to find. Don't know if this is still considered rare or not. Apparently, the Tahoe was rare in the US but it could be found in Canada.
Series: At Your Service
Model: Chevy Tahoe
Brand: Johnny Lightning
Series: Classic Plastic
Model: 1966 Dodge Charger
Year Released: 2005