1979 ushered in 3 new sets of cars: The Golden Machines 6-pack with cars that could be found only in the set/pack, Scene Machines (each had a "scene" when you looked into the vehicle) and Heroes, where some of Marvel Comics' biggest Super Heroes were immortalized on Hot Wheels cars. Another Toys 'R Us promo was issued; this time it was the new Bywayman casting. The 7 themed series of cars from 1978 were continued: Heavies, Speedway Specials, Classy Customs, Oldies But Goodies, Rescue Team, Drag Strippers and Super Streeters. Their values are no different from their previous incarnations from past years, as they're essentially the same exact model. I've noted what series, if any, the car falls into. NOTE: Some pics may show models with Redline tires. This is because it's the same model as a past issue that might have had Redlines. All of the details are the same, except for the fact that cars issued during 1979 will have Blackwall tires.

Quoted values are for LOOSE, NM examples. Cars less than NM will obviously command a lesser value than listed, depending on overall condition.

Note that the NCHWA utilizes a pricing method called "Star Value©." Instead of specific dollar values, each car will be assigned a Star Value© to indicate rarity and potential price range. There are simply too many variables to place a "set" value on any model, so a range will be used instead to indicate where that particular model may fall on the secondary price scale. A +/- indicates where on that scale the value is approximated, while a number by itself would indicate the value falls in the middle of the Star Value. This is also an easy quick-glance method to determine rarity; the higher the number, the rarer the car. The value chart will be placed at the bottom of each page.

Option: Click the button to the left to download a printable copy of the Star Chart for easy reference (Microsoft Word or equivalent program required for viewing or download). It beats scrolling up and down when you're pricing your cars!
#
Name
Description
Wheels
Value
9647
'56 Hi-Tail Hauler a) Orange body, blue and yellow flames on hood and roof, black motorcycles
b) Light blue body, dark red and yellow flame tampo on hood, yellow motorcycles
c) Same as "b", black motorcycles
BW
BW
BW
2
2-
4
9638
'57 Chevy Black body with yellow and white stripe tampo on sides, with "57 Chevy"
BW
2
2023
Army Funny Car White body with red, blue and black racing tampos. "Army" and "Don Prudhomme" on the sides
BW
2
2505
Auburn 852 a) Red body with brown fenders and interior. Whitewall tires
b) Same as "a", no whitewall tires (Oldies But Goodies)
BW
BW
2
2
2022
Baja Breaker Grey body with red, blue and yellow stripe/flame tampo on the sides, with "Baja Breaker"
BW
2-
2511
Bubble Gunner a) Plum body with yellow, orange and white stripe tampo on hood and cowling
b) Same as "a" (Classy Customs)
BW
BW
2
2
2509
Bywayman a) Light blue body with yellow and white "Eagle" tampo on the sides, black plastic light bar
b) Same as "a" (Speedway Specials)
c) White body with purple, white and orange Geoffrey Giraffe on the sides (Toys 'R Us promo)
BW
BW
BW
2+
2+
6
9205
California Cruisin' a) Chrome body with red, black and yellow hot rod tampo, and "California Cruisin" on sides
b) Same as "a" (Super Streeters)
BW
BW
3
3
2879
Captain America a) White body with red/blue stripe tampo on top, "Captain America" on sides. Red interior (Heroes)
b) Same as "a", orange interior (Heroes)
BW
BW
3
3-
2851
Captain America Van White body with red/blue "Captain America" and character tampo on sides (Scene Machines)
BW
5+
9241
Corvette Stingray a) Yellow body with black, orange and white ribbon tampo on hood and roof
b) Same as "a" (Super Streeters)
c) Same as "a", with Gold Chrome body (Golden Machines 6-Pack ONLY)
BW
BW
BW
2
2
5
2507
Dumpin' A a) Yellow body, red plastic dumper, brown fenders, green and red "A Truckin" tampo on the sides
b) Same as "a" (Oldies But Goodies)
BW
BW
2
2
7650
Emergency Squad a) Red body with white stripe and yellow "Emergency Unit" tampo on the sides
b) Same as "a" (Rescue Team)
BW
BW
2
2
2639
Fire Chaser a) Red body with yellow and black "Fire Chief" and number "5" tampo on the sides
b) Same as "a" (Rescue Team)
BW
BW
1
1
2506
Flat-Out 442 a) Orange body with blue/white "442", sponsor tampos on the sides, blue pentagon on rear quarter
b) Same as "a" (Speedway Specials)
c) Same as "a", missing blue pentagon on rear quarter panel
BW
BW
BW
2+
2+
2-
9119
Formula 5000 White body with red and blue stripe tampo on hood, sides and rear wing, with number "76"
BW
2
9645
GMC Motorhome Orange body with chrome plastic chassis and white, blue yellow "Palm Beach" and sunset tampo on sides
BW
3-
2502
Greased Gremlin Red body with yellow metal chassis. Yellow, white and blue racing tampos and number "5" on sides
BW
2+
2504
Hare Splitter a) White body with red rack on roof, racing tampos and "Monte Carlo Rally" on sides
b) Same as "a" (Super Streeters)
BW
BW
2
2
2019
Highway Patrol White body with black/yellow "Highway Patrol tampo on doors, with number "12" on roof
BW
1
2014
Hot Bird Gold Chrome body with blue and orange stripe tampo on hood and roof (Golden Machines 6-Pack ONLY)
BW
4
2881
Human Torch Black funny-car body with red and yellow "Human Torch" on sides, character tampo on hood (Heroes)
BW
3
2878
Incredible Hulk Yellow body with black and white "Incredible Hulk" and green character on sides (Heroes)
BW
2
2850
Incredible Hulk White body with green, black and red "Incredible Hulk" and character tampo on sides (Scene Machines)
BW
6
9186
Inferno Yellow body with orange and magenta flames and "Inferno" on nose/front (Drag Strippers)
BW
3+
2510
Inside Story a) Grey body with red, yellow and blue stripe tampo on the sides
b) Same as "a" (Classy Customs)
BW
BW
1
1
2012
Jaguar XJS Gold Chrome body with red and black "XJS" and Jaguar tampo on sides (Golden Machines 6-Pack ONLY)
BW
3+
9211
Large Charge a) Orange body with purple stripe tampo on hood and rear deck, with white number "4"
b) Same as "a" (Classy Customs)
BW
BW
2
2
9643
Letter Getter a) White body with blue and red stripe tampo and "U.S. Mail"/eagle tampo on sides. HK chassis.
b) Same as "a" (The Heavies)
c) Same as "a", Malaysia chassis
BW
BW
BW
2
2
1
7660
Monte Carlo Stocker a) Blue body with green/yellow stripe tampo on hood, roof and sides, with number "38" (Speedway Specials)
b) Same as "a", Yellow body (Speedway Specials)
BW
BW
5-
6-
2853
Motocross Team Red body with yellow and black "Motocross Team" and motorcycle tampo on sides (Scene Machines)
BW
5-
6972
P-917 Orange body, magenta/red/yellow stripe tampo on hood/roof, with number "9" (Speedway Specials)
BW
3
2015
Packin' Pacer Yellow body with purple, blue and orange stripe tampo on hood and roof, with "Packin' Pacer
BW
2-
6966
Paddy Wagon Dark blue body with blue plastic top embossed with "Police" in gold
BW
2+
7661
Paramedic Yellow body with red and white stripe tampo and "Paramedic" on sides (Rescue Team)
BW
3
9240
Poison Pinto Green body with yellow, black and white "Poison Pinto" and skull on sides
BW
2+
2021
Race Bait Gold Chrome body with black and white "308" and "GTB" on hood (Golden Machines 6-Pack ONLY)
BW
3+
7659
Ramblin' Wrecker a) White body with blue and yellow stripe and shield tampo, with "Larry's 24-hour Towing on sides
b) Same as "a" (The Heavies)
BW
BW
3-
3-
6964
Red Baron Red body with unpainted metal helmet and metal chassis (Classy Customs)
BW
2
9088
Rock Buster Yellow body with white, blue and red racing tampos and number "10" on the hood (Speedway Specials)
BW
2
8259
Rodger Dodger Gold Chrome body with red, white and magenta stripe tampo on hood, roof and rear deck
BW
4
2501
Royal Flash a) White body with blue/red British flag/"Lotus" tampo on the hood. Blue windows
b) Same as "a" (Super Streeters)
c) Same as "a", smoked windshield
BW
BW
BW
2-
2-
2-
9646
Show Hoss II a) Green body with black, blue and white "Mustang II" tampo on sides (Drag Strippers)
b) Yellow body with black, white and red stripe tampo on hood and roof (Drag Strippers)
BW
BW
3
5+
2855
Space Van Grey body with 6 wheels, a white plastic top and chrome plastic chassis. No tampos (Scene Machines)
BW
6+
2503
Spacer Racer a) Red body with grey plastic mounted gun, yellow "M-8" and white "Rescue" tampo on sides.
b) Same as "a", Metallic red body
BW
BW
2+
2-
2877
Spiderman a) Black body with white and red web tampo on rear deck with "Spiderman" and red windows (Heroes)
b) Same as "a", but with orange windows (Heroes)
BW
BW
2+
2+
2852
Spiderman (Van) White body, blue plastic chassis, blue/red "The Amazing Spiderman"/character on sides (Scene Machines)
BW
5+
9641
Spoiler Sport a) Gold Chrome, orange/black sunset tampo on sides. 2 rear windows (Golden Machines 6-Pack ONLY)
b) Same as "a", one large rear window. (Golden Machines 6-Pack ONLY)
BW
BW
3+
3+
2854
S.W.A.T. Van Dark blue body with orange and white "S.W.A.T."/shield tampo on sides (Scene Machines)
BW
5+
2882
The Thing Dark blue body with white/orange "The Thing"/character tampo on sides (Heroes)
BW
3-
2880
Thor Yellow body with red/blue "Thor"/character tampo on sides (Heroes)
BW
2
7630
Top Eliminator Gold Chrome body with magenta, blue and red stripe/"Hemi Hauler" tampo on the sides
BW
2
7647
Torino Stocker a) Black body with yellow, white and orange stripe tampo on hood and sides, with number "3" on the sides
b) Same as "a" (Speedway Specials)
BW
BW
4-
4-
9648
T-Totaller a) Brown body with white, orange and blue "Your Basic Express Company" tampo on sides
b) Same as "a" (Oldies But Goodies)
c) Same as "a", Black body
BW
BW
BW
2
2
2+
2500
Upfront 924 a) Yellow body with orange, red and black "924"/stripe tampo on hood and roof
b) Same as "a" (Super Streeters)
BW
BW
1+
1+
2508
Vetty Funny a) Grey body with black, yellow and red stripe/"Mongoose" & "Tom McEwan" tampo
b) Same as "a", but white replaces the red in the tampo
BW
BW
2+
16+
9639
Z Whiz Gold Chrome, white and yellow stripe/"Datsun Z" tampo on hood and roof (Golden Machines 6-Pack ONLY)
BW
3+


1 = $1-5 2 = $6-15 3 = $16-25 4 = $26-35 5 = $36-50 6 = $51-70
7 = $71-90 8 = $91-110 9 = $111-130 10 = $131-160 11 = $161-180 12 = $181-200
13 = $201-220 14 = $221-240 15 = $241-270 16 = $271-300 17 = $301-330 18 = $331-350


What Events Defined 1979?

  • The U.S.S.R invades Afghanistan and meets with unexpected stiff resistance
  • Due to the crisis in Iran, oil prices increase around the world and induces public panic-buying
  • The Three Mile Island nuclear accident takes place after a reactor fire in Pennsylvania
  • Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Tehran, Iran after nearly 15 years of exile and seizes power
  • 63 Americans are taken hostage at the American Embassy in Tehran, and spend more than a year in captivity
  • Iraqi President Hasan al-Bakr resigns and Vice President Saddam Hussein replaces him
  • China institutes the "one child per family" rule to help control its exploding population
  • Pink Floyd release the multi-award winning concept album "The Wall"
  • YMCA sues the Village People for libel because of their song of the same name
  • Three's Company, Dallas, Diff'rent Strokes & Mork and Mindy are major shows on TV
  • #1 Movies of 1979 include "Star Trek: The Motion Picture", "Rocky II", "Alien" and "Moonraker"
  • #1 Songs of 1979 include: "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor, "Heart of Glass" by Blondie, "The Wall" by Pink Floyd & "My Sharona" by The Knack




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