NCHWA Redline Central: 1975 Redline Price Guide
1975 saw the continuation of the Flying Colors line, and included the first two motorcycles and first tank ever issued by Mattel. Alternate colors continued to be issued for specific models, and collecors scrambled to find them. A major cost-cutting move was implemented, where a plastic chassis began to replace the metal versions. Promotional vehicles were issued for the Herfy's Restaurant chain, and have proven to be quite valuable over the years. Two highly-sought premium models are the 1975 Toy Fair Super Vans, in white or chrome, and the 1975 Managers Christmas Ball Chevy Monza 2+2, in chrome. The two Super Vans and Monza were limited to only 200 each, so you can expect to pay top dollar for these very rare models. 1975 also marked the year where Mattel founders Ruth and Elliot handler would leave the company.

Note that there are changes to this price list, as compared to 1968-1972. I've eliminated the U.S. column, as everything was being made in Hong Kong, as well as the wheel chart, since non-removable wheels were introduced.

Quoted values are for LOOSE, NM examples. Cars less than NM will obviously command a lesser value than listed, depending on overall condition. Also, since some collectors like to add new replica wheels to replace their beat-up originals, I've added the sizes of the tires to the far right for each car.

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-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/download). It beats scrolling up and down when you're pricing your cars!
#
Name
Colors
Value
7662
American Victory
Previous Castings: New Casting
Production Run: 1975
Note: Designed by Larry Wood and produced in Hong Kong. Blue body with chrome interior. Red, white and blue flag tampos on the sides, with the number "9". Chrome plastic chassis.
Blue
2
#
Name
Colors
Value
7670
Backwoods Bomb
Previous Castings: New Casting
Production Run: 1975
Note: Designed by Larry Wood, and produced in Hong Kong. Chrome plastic chassis. Blue, yellow and green "Keep On Camping" tampo on the sides. White plastic camper shell.
Light Blue (blue windshield)
Light Blue (smoked windshield)
3
3
#
Name
Colors
Value
7671
Chevy Monza 2+2
Previous Castings: New Casting
Production Run: 1975
Note: Designed by Larry Wood, and produced in Hong Kong. Black plastic chassis, and orange paint with black striping on the rear deck, roof and hood. The hood striping included "Monza" on either side. Alternate Color: Light Green. Chrome Winter Ball version is limited to 200.
Orange
Light Green
Chrome ('75 Winter Ball)
2
14
32
#
Name
Colors
Value
7665
Chief's Special
Previous Castings: Olds 442 (1970), Police Cruiser (1973)
Production Run: 1975
Note: Produced in Hong Kong. Same casting details as the 1973 model, with a translucent blue dome light. Black plastic interior. Yellow and white "Fire Dept" tampo on sides. The Herfy's promo was issued in a plastic bag with a cardboard header.
Red
Red (Yellow Herfy's tampo on sides)
2+
9
#
Name
Colors
Value
6967
Dune Daddy
Previous Castings: Sand Crab (1970), Dune Daddy (1973)
Production Run: 1975
Note: Produced in Hong Kong. Light green body with flower tampos on the trunk and a metal chassis. Alternate Color: Orange.
Light Green
Orange
3-
13+
#
Name
Colors
Value
7650
Emergency Squad
Previous Castings: New Casting
Production Run: 1975
Note: Designed by Larry Wood and produced in Hong Kong. Red body with yellow "Oxygen", "Fist Aid" and "Emergency Unit" tampos on the sides. Chrome plastic chassis.
Red
Light Green
2-
2-
#
Name
Colors
Value
6461
Grasshopper
Previous Castings: Grasshopper (1971), (1974)
Production Run: 1975
Note: Produced in Hong Kong. Light green body with orange and blue "Grasshopper" stripes on sides. The engine is not exposed on this model.
Light Green
4
#
Name
Colors
Value
7652
Gremlin Grinder
Previous Castings: New Casting
Production Run: 1975
Note: Designed by Larry Wood and produced in Hong Kong. Enamel green body with metal chassis and exposed metal engine. Yellow striping on hood and roof, with an additional Gremlin logo on the roof. Black plastic interior. The Herfy's promo was issued in a plastic bag with a cardboard header.
Green
Green (Yellow Herfy's tampo on sides)
2
9
#
Name
Colors
Value
7664
Gun Slinger
Previous Castings: Grasshopper (1971), (1974), (1975)
Production Run: 1975
Note: Produced in Hong Kong. A slightly modified version of the Grasshopper, with a retooled front bumper and a mounted gun. Olive body with white "Army" hood tampo.
Olive
2
#
Name
Colors
Value
8272
Large Charge
Previous Castings: New Casting
Production Run: 1975
Note: Designed by Larry Wood and produced in Hong Kong. Green body with black, yellow and orange "High Voltage" tampo on the rear deck, along with red and yellow thunderbolts on the front and rear fenders.
Green
2
#
Name
Colors
Value
7653
Mighty Maverick
Previous Castings: Mighty Maverick (1970), Street Snorter (1973)
Production Run: 1975
Note: Produced in Hong Kong. Enamel blue body. No detail changes from the 1973 Street Snorter, with the exception of a white/orange striping tampo added to the hood. Alternate Color: Light Green.
Blue
Light Green
4-
8
#
Name
Colors
Value
7660
Monte Carlo Stocker
Previous Castings: New Casting
Production Run: 1975
Note: Designed by Larry Wood and produced in Hong Kong. Chrome plastic chassis. Yellow body with blue striped number "38" on the sides, along with various sponsor logos. This model was also issued in the 1975 "Thundershift 500" track set.
Yellow
Light Yellow
4
4+
#
Name
Colors
Value
7668
Motocross 1
Previous Castings: New Casting
Production Run: 1975
Note: Designed by Larry Wood and produced in Hong Kong. The first motorcycle ever produced for the Hot Wheels line. Red plastic gas tank/seat, and black plastic front fender/handlebars. The rest of the casting is metal.
Metal (Red/black plastic parts)
5
#
Name
Colors
Value
7644
Mustang Stocker
Previous Castings: Boss Hoss (1970)
Production Run: 1975
Note: Produced in Hong Kong.Essentially the same exact casting as the Boss Hoss, with the exception of the missing motor and enclosed hood on the Mustang Stocker. Yellow body with with orange/magenta "Ford" and "450 HP" on the roof and hood. Alternate Color: White.
Yellow
Yellow (blue/red tampo)
White
4-
5
5-
#
Name
Colors
Value
7648
P-911
Previous Castings: New Casting
Production Run: 1975
Note: Designed by Larry Wood and produced in Hong Kong. Yellow body with red and blue stripe tampo on hood and roof. Black plastic interior. Metal chassis. The Herfy's promo was issued in a plastic bag with a cardboard header.
Yellow
Yellow (Yellow Herfy's tampo on sides)
White
Gold chrome (Sales Award)
3+
10
27
23
#
Name
Colors
Value
7661
Paramedic
Previous Castings: New Casting
Production Run: 1975
Note: Designed by Larry Wood and produced in Hong Kong. White body with red/yellow striping tampo and "Paramedic" on the sides. Smoked windshield and metal chassis.
White
White (blue windshield)
3
3
#
Name
Colors
Value
7659
Ramblin' Wrecker
Previous Castings: New Casting
Production Run: 1975
Note: Designed by Larry Wood and produced in Hong Kong. White body with blue/yellow tampos on sides, "Larry's Towing." Blue plastic towbar, smoked windshield and metal chassis. Historical Note: the number on the sides of the truck, 375-1670, was Larry Wood's actual phone number at the time.
White
White (Blue windshield)
2+
2+
#
Name
Colors
Value
7666
Ranger Rig
Previous Castings: Emergency Squad (1975)
Production Run: 1975
Note: Produced in Hong Kong. Green body with assorted yellow tampos on the sides. Brown plastic interior, and chrome plastic chassis. Smoked windows.
Green
Green (blue windshield)
2
2
#
Name
Colors
Value
7651
Sand Drifter
Previous Castings: Power Pad (1970)
Production Run: 1975
Note: Produced in Hong Kong. Essentially the same casting as the 1970 Power Pad, without the white plastic shell. Yellow body with orange/red flame tampo on the hood and front fenders. Alternate Color: Green.
Yellow
Green
3
13
#
Name
Colors
Value
7669
Street Eater
Previous Castings: Motocross (1975)
Production Run: 1975
Note: The second motorcycle to be issued in the Hot Wheels line. The metal casting features are the same as the Motocross. The gas tank/seat is yellow, and the fender is grey.
Metal (yellow/grey plastic parts) 4+
#
Name
Colors
Value
7649
Super Van
Previous Castings: Paramedic (1975)
Production Run: 1975
Note: Produced in Hong Kong. Black body with red, orange and yellow flame tampo on sides. Chrome plastic chassis with smoked windows. The Herfy's promos were issued in a plastic bag with a cardboard header. The Toy Fair promos were limited to 200 each in chrome and white.
Black
Black (Metal chassis)
Black (Blue windshield)
Plum (smoked window/motorcycle tampo)
Plum (blue window/motorcycle tampo)
Black (62 KGW Radio-Herfy's)
Black (King Radio-Herfy's)
Blue (Yellow/orange/red flames)
White (Toy Fair '75)
Chrome (Toy Fair '75)
3
3+
3
5
5
9
9+
26
28
30
#
Name
Colors
Value
7647
Torino Stocker
Previous Castings: New Casting
Production Run: 1975
Note: Designed by Larry Wood and produced in Hong Kong. Red body with a yellow "23" on the sides, along with various sponsor logos. Chrome plastic chassis with a black plastic interior and hood scoop. This model was also issued in the 1975 "Thundershift 500" track set.
Red
3
#
Name
Colors
Value
7655
Tough Customer
Previous Castings: New Casting
Production Run: 1975
Note: Designed by Larry Wood and produced in Hong Kong. First tank to be issued in the Hot Wheels line. Olive body with a white Army tampo on top.
Olive (shiny)
Olive (dull)
1+
1+
#
Name
Colors
Value
7658
Vega Bomb
Previous Castings: New Casting
Production Run: 1975
Note: Designed by Larry Wood and produced in Hong Kong. Funnycar-style dragster. Metal chassis, with a black plastic interior. Orange body with red, yellow and blue "Vega Bomb", "Goodyear" and "Cragar" tampos on the sides. Alternate Color: Light Green
Orange
Light Green
3
20
#
Name
Colors
Value
7654
Warpath
Previous Castings: AMX/2 (1971), Xploder (1973)
Production Run: 1975
Note: Produced in Hong Kong. White body with blue and red stars and stripes tampo on the hood and roof. Metal chassis, and a black plastic interior. The Herfy's promo was issued in a plastic bag with a cardboard header.
White
White (black plastic base)
White (Red "Herfy's on the sides)
3
3
11


1 = $15-30 9 = $201-225 17 = $501-550 25 = $901-1100 33 = $2,501-2,800
2 = $31-50 10 = $226-250 18 = $551-600 26 = $1,101-1,300 34 = $2,801-3,100
3 = $51-75 11 = $251-275 19 = $601-650 27 = $1,301-1,500 35 = $3,101-3,400
4 = $76-100 12 = $276-300 20 = $651-700 28 = $1,501-1,700 36 = $3,401-3,700
5 = $101-125 13 = $301-350 21 = $701-750 29 = $1,701-1,900 37 = $3,701-4,000
6 = $126-150 14 = $351-400 22 = $751-800 30 = $1,901-2,100 38 = $4,001-4,400
7 = $151-175 15 = $401-450 23 = $801-850 31 = $2,101-2,300 39 = $4,401-4,800
8 = $176-200 16 = $451-500 24 = $851-900 32 = $2,301-2,500 40 = $4,801-5,200



What Events Defined 1975?

  • The Fall of Saigon. Communist forces take Saigon and South Vietnam surrenders unconditionally
  • The Unemployment Rate in the US reaches 9.2% and recession is recognized by President Ford
  • Former teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa disappears, never to be seen again
  • Microsoft becomes a registered trademark
  • Sony introduces Betamax videotapes and JVC introduces VHS
  • Muhammad Ali beats Joe Fraser in the "Thriller In Manilla" match
  • #1 Movies of 1975 included "Jaws", "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Dog Day Afternoon"
  • #1 Songs of 1975 included "Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain & Tenille, "Jive Talkin'" by the Bee Gees, "Philadelphia Freedom" by Elton John, and "Mandy" by Barry Manilow




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