NCHWA Redline Central: 1976 Redline Price Guide
Of course, the biggest event going on in 1976 was the celebration of the U.S. Bicentennial. Patriotism was displayed proudly everywhere, even through some pretty tough times. Mattel celebrated a bit themselves, issuing two haulers with patriotic colors: the American Hauler and the American Tipper. Also issued was the Formula 5000, with a red, white and blue paint scheme, along with number "76" on the nose. The Flying Colors line continued in 1976, with several new models. Another Super Van promo was issued; this time it was Toys 'R Us, featuring Geoffrey Giraffe on the sides. A new series was introduced in 1976: the Super Chromes Series, with completely chromed vehicles. 12 of these models were found in their own blister pack, while a set of 6 came in a Super Chromes set. Lastly, a Military-themed 6-pack was issued. 5 of these cars could be found in blister pack, but one could not: the uber-rare Staff Car. This model is highly collectible and pricy on the secondary!

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
9210
Alive '55
Previous Castings: Classic Nomad (1970), Alive '55 (1973), (1974)
Production Run: 1976
Note: Super Chromes Series. Produced in Hong Kong. Chrome body with yellow striping/green flames on the sides, with the Chevy logo.
Chrome
3
#
Name
Colors
Value
9118
American Hauler
Previous Castings: New Casting
Production Run: 1976
Note: Designed by Larry Wood, and produced in Hong Kong. Blue cab with white plastic cargo box. Red, white and blue tampos on the sides, with "American Hauler."
Blue
2
#
Name
Colors
Value
9089
American Tipper
Previous Castings: New Casting
Production Run: 1976
Note: Designed by Larry Wood, and produced in Hong Kong. Red cab with white plastic dumper. Red, white and blue tampos on sides, with "American Tipper."
Red 2+
#
Name
Colors
Value
9243
Aw Shoot
Previous Castings: New Casting
Production Run: 1976
Note: Designed by Larry Wood and produced in Hong Kong. Olive base with olive plastic mounted gun. White star and "Army" tampo on the front.
Olive
1+
#
Name
Colors
Value
8258
Baja Bruiser
Previous Castings: Baja Bruiser (1974)
Production Run: 1976
Note: Produced in Hong Kong. Light green body with red, white and blue tampo on the sides, with the number "5". Metal chassis.
Light Green
Orange (chrome plastic chassis)
21
3
#
Name
Colors
Value
6976
Buzz Off
Previous Castings: Tri Baby (1970), Buzz Off (1973), (1974)
Production Run: 1976
Note: Produced in Hong Kong. Blue body with yellow pinstriping on hood, sides and rear deck. Black plastic chassis.
Blue
3+
#
Name
Colors
Value
9202
Chevy Monza 2+2
Previous Castings: Chevy Monza (1975)
Production Run: 1976
Note: Super Chromes Series. Produced in Hong Kong. Chrome body with yellow and black striping on the hood, roof and rear deck. "Monza" twice on the hood twice. Black plastic chassis.
Chrome
2
#
Name
Colors
Value
7665
Chief's Special
Previous Castings: Olds 442 (1971), Police Cruiser (1973), Maxi Taxi (1976), Staff Car (1976)
Production Run: 1976
Note: Produced in Hong Kong. Same casting essentials as the 1975 Chief's Special, but the dome light has been replaced by a cast-in red light bar. Yellow "Fire Dept" tampos on the sides. Chrome plastic base.
Red
2+
#
Name
Colors
Value
9120
Cool One
Previous Castings: New Casting
Production Run: 1976
Note: Designed by Larry Wood and produced in Hong Kong. Rear engine dragster-style frame, with metal chassis and chrome plastic motor. Plum body with yellow and white lightning bolt on the nose, with "ZAP". "Cool One" and "Moon" on the front spoiler.
Plum
3-
#
Name
Colors
Value
9241
Corvette Stingray
Previous Castings: New Casting
Production Run: 1976
Note: Designed by Larry Wood and produced in Hong Kong. Red body with blue, yellow and white ribbon stripes on hood and roof. Metal chassis. Also issued in the 1976 Super Chromes Series with a chrome body and the same details as the red version.
Red
Chrome (#9206: Super Chromes)
3
4+
#
Name
Colors
Value
7650
Emergency Squad
Previous Castings: Emergency Squad (1975), Ranger Rig (1975)
Production Run: 1976
Note: Same details as the 1975 Emergency Squad, but has smoked windows instead of blue. Red body with yellow stripe, and "Emergency Unit" tampos on the sides.
Red
1
#
Name
Colors
Value
6973
Ferrari 312P
Previous Castings: Ferrari 312P (1970), (1973), (1974)
Production Run: 1976
Note: Produced in Hong Kong. No casting changes from the previous versions, except this model has a plastic chassis. Red body with white and blue stripes on hood and rear deck. White Ferrari logos on the doors.
Red
2
#
Name
Colors
Value
9119
Formula 5000
Previous Castings: New Casting
Production Run: 1976
Note: Designed by Larry Wood and produced in Hong Kong. Metal chassis and interior. White body with red, white and blue striping, and number "76". Also issued in 1976 Super Chromes 6-pack.
White
Chrome (#9511 Super Chromes 6-pack)
2
3-
#
Name
Colors
Value
9037
Formula P.A.C.K.
Previous Castings: El Ray Special (1974)
Production Run: 1976
Note: Produced in Hong Kong. Metal chassis and interior. Black body with orange and yellow "P.A.C.K." and number "5" on the nose.
Black
2+
#
Name
Colors
Value
9201
Gremlin Grinder
Previous Castings: Gremlin Grinder (1975)
Production Run: 1976
Note: Super Chromes Series. Produced in Hong Kong. Metal chassis with a chrome body. Red, green and black striping, with Gremlin logo on the roof.
Chrome
2
#
Name
Colors
Value
9090
Gun Bucket
Previous Castings: New Casting
Production Run: 1976
Note: Designed by Larry Wood and produced in Hong Kong. Based on a halftrack, this model has a black plastic chassis and twin guns mounted in the back.
Olive
2
#
Name
Colors
Value
7664
Gun Slinger
Previous Castings: Gun Slinger (1975)
Production Run: 1976
Note: Produced in Hong Kong. Same casting essentials as the 1975 Gun Slinger, except the front winshield now has a snap-in clip for the gun to rest in. Olive body with white Army tampo on the hood.
Olive
2
#
Name
Colors
Value
9212
Heavy Chevy
Previous Castings:Heavy Chevy (1970), (1974)
Production Run: 1976
Note: Super Chromes Series. Produced in Hong Kong. Chrome body with red and orange striping and number "7" tampo on the sides. Metal chassis.
Chrome
5+
#
Name
Colors
Value
9186
Inferno
Previous Castings: Cool One (1976)
Production Run: 1976
Note: Produced in Hong Kong. Essentially the same casting as the 1976 Cool One. Yellow body with purple/red flame tampo on the hood and "Inferno" on the front spoiler.
Yellow
3
#
Name
Colors
Value
8235
Jet Threat II
Previous Castings: Jet Threat (1971), (1973)
Production Run: 1976
Note: Same casting details as the 1973 Shell Promo. Metal chassis and a blue canopy/windshield. Plum body with yellow flame tampo.
Plum 2+
#
Name
Colors
Value
9183
Khaki Cooler
Previous Castings: Paramedic (1975), Super Van (1975)
Production Run: 1976
Note: Produced in Hong Kong. Olive body with white "Military Police", "U.S. Army" and "M.P." tampos on the sides.
Olive (Plastic chassis)
Olive (Metal chassis)
2+
3+
#
Name
Colors
Value
9211
Large Charge
Previous Castings: Large Charge (1975)
Production Run: 1976
Note: Super Chromes Series. Produced in Hong Kong. Same casting essentials as the 1975 Large Charge. Chrome body with black, yellow and orange tampos. Lightning bolts on the front fenders, and a circuit board on the rear deck.
Chrome
2+
#
Name
Colors
Value
9185
Lowdown
Previous Castings: Monte Carlo Stocker (1975)
Production Run: 1976
Note: Same casting essentials as the 1975 Stocker. Light blue body. Purple, yellow and white tampo on hood and roof, with "Flying Low" on the hood. Chrome plastic chassis.
Light Blue
2
#
Name
Colors
Value
9184
Maxi Taxi
Previous Castings: Olds 442 (1971), Police Cruiser (1973), Chief's Cruiser (1975), Staff Car (1976)
Production Run: 1976
Note: Produced in Hong Kong. Chrome plastic chassis with a black interior. Yellow body with a black, white and red checkered tampo with "Maxi Taxi" on the sides..
Yellow
3
#
Name
Colors
Value
6978
Mercedes-Benz C-111
Previous Castings: Mercedes-Benz C-111 (1972), (1973), (1974)
Production Run: 1976
Note: Produced in Hong Kong. Red body with gull wing doors. White, blue and yellow star tampos on hood and roof. Black interior. Chrome base has never been found in blisterpack.
Red (black plastic base)
Red (chrome base, pos. prototype)
2
16
#
Name
Colors
Value
9209
Mighty Maverick
Previous Castings: Mighty Maverick (1970), (1975), Street Snorter (1973), (1974)
Production Run: 1976
Note: Super Chromes Series. Produced in Hong Kong. Same casting essentials as the 1975 Maverick. Metal chassis and a chrome body with yellow and blue stripe tampo on hood, roof and rear deck.
Chrome
3
#
Name
Colors
Value
9203
Mustang Stocker
Previous Castings: Mustang Stocker (1975)
Production Run: 1976
Note: Super Chromes Series. Produced in Hong Kong. Same casting essentials as the 1975 Stocker. Chrome body, with orange and magenta "Ford" and "450 HP" tampos on the hood and roof. Metal chassis. Also came with a chrome body and red/white/blue stars and stripes
Ford/450 Deco
Stars & Stripes
5
5
#
Name
Colors
Value
9244
Neet Streeter
Previous Castings: Classic '36 Ford Coupe (1969)
Production Run: 1976
Note: Produced in Hong Kong. Same casting essentials as the 1969 Coupe, except the rumble seat has been eliminated. Black interior with black plastic hood scoop. Light blue body with red, white and blue striping and "Oldie But Goodie" on the rear deck. Metal chassis. Also issued in the Super Chromes Series.
Light Blue
Chrome (#9510: Super Chromes Series)
3
4
#
Name
Colors
Value
7648
P-911
Previous Castings: P-911 (1975)
Production Run: 1976
Note: Produced in Hong Kong. Same casting essentials as the 1975 P-911. Yellow body, with red and blue stripe tampo on the hood and roof. Metal chassis. Was also issued in the Super Chromes Series. A very limited gold chrome version was given to Mattel's top sales staff in 1975
Yellow (P-911 on chassis)
Chrome (Red/green tampo)
Chrome (Red/orange tampo)
Chrome (Red/orange tampo, Basic Wheels)
Gold Chrome (Top Sales)
2+
2+
2
2-
25
#
Name
Colors
Value
6966
Paddy Wagon
Previous Castings: Paddy Wagon (1970), (1973)
Production Run: 1976
Note: Produced in Hong Kong. Same casting essentials as the 1973 Paddy Wagon, but the chassis has been issued in plastic instead of metal for 1975. Dark blue body with plastic roof and "Police" embossed on the sides.
Blue
1+
#
Name
Colors
Value
9240
Poison Pinto
Previous Castings: New Casting
Production Run: 1976
Note: Designed by Larry Wood and produced in Hong Kong. Light green body with black, yellow and white "Poison Pinto" tampo on the sides. Black plastic chassis and chrome interior. Was also issued in the Super Chromes 6-pack.
Light Green
Chrome (Super Chromes Series)
2+
3-
#
Name
Colors
Value
6963
Police Cruiser
Previous Castings: Police Cruiser (1973), (1974)
Production Run: 1976
Note: Produced in Hong Kong. Same casting essentials as the 1974 Police Cruiser, except the hood no longer opens. White body with black/yellow "State Police" tampo on the sides. Blue dome light on top instead of red.
White
3
#
Name
Colors
Value
6972
Porsche 917
Previous Castings: Porsche 917 (1970), (1973), (1974)
Production Run: 1976
Note: Produced in Hong Kong. Same casting essentials as the 1974 917, except the metal chassis has been replaced by a black plastic chassis, embossed with "P-917". Orange body with yellow, purple and red stripe/#9 tampo on the hood, roof and rear deck. Also issued in the Super Chromes Series.
Orange
Chrome (#9204: Super Chromes Series)
Red
2
3+
22
#
Name
Colors
Value
9207
Prowler
Previous Castings: The Demon (1970), Prowler (1973), (1974)
Production Run: 1976
Note: Super Chromes Series Produced in Hong Kong, with the same casting essentials as the 1974 Prowler. Chrome body with red and yellow Devil tampo on the roof, and stripes on the hood.
Chrome
3
#
Name
Colors
Value
9088
Rock Buster
Previous Castings: New Casting
Production Run: 1976
Note: Designed by Larry Wood and produced in Hong Kong. Dune buggy-style body with metal chassis, and black plastic interior/roll bar. Yellow body with red, white and blue thunderbolts on the side and number "10" on the hood. Was also issued in the Super Chromes 6-Pack.
Yellow
Chrome (#9507: Super Chromes Series)
2
3-
#
Name
Colors
Value
9521
Staff Car
Previous Castings: Police Cruiser (1973), (1974)
Production Run: 1976
Note: Produced in Hong Kong. Never issued in blister pack; only found in the 1976 Military 6-Pack. Olive body with white "Staff Car" and "U.S. Army" tampo on the sides. Very difficult to find in decent shape.
Olive
20
#
Name
Colors
Value
8260
Steam Roller
Previous Castings: Steam Roller (1974)
Production Run: 1976
Note: Super Chromes Series Produced in Hong Kong. Same casting essentials as the 1974 Steam Roller. Chrome body with stripe/star tampo on the hood and rear deck.
Chrome (Red/purple tampo)
Chrome (Yellow/blue tampo)
2
2
#
Name
Colors
Value
9242
Street Rodder
Previous Castings: New Casting
Production Run: 1976
Note: Designed by Larry Wood and produced in Hong Kong. Based on a '32 Ford convertible. Has a metal chassis and grey plastic interior. Black body with orange ahnd yellow flame tampo on the sides.
Black
3
#
Name
Colors
Value
7649
Super Van
Previous Castings: Super Van (1975), Paramedic (1975)
Production Run: 1976
Note: Super Chromes Series Produced in Hong Kong. Same casting essentials as the 1975 Super Van. Chrome body with orange and yellow flame tampo on the sides. Was also issued as a Toys 'R Us promotion in white, with Geoffrey Giraffe tampos on the sides.
Chrome (chrome chassis)
Chrome (black chassis)
White (Toys 'R Us Promo)
3-
3-
11
#
Name
Colors
Value
8240
Twin Mill II
Previous Castings: Twin Mill (1969), (1973)
Production Run: 1976
Note: Produced in Hong Kong. Orange body with red, white and blue tampo on hood, cowling and roof. Twin plastic motors on either side. Metal chassis with a black plastic interior. Was also issued in the Super Chromes 6-Pack.
Orange
Chrome (#9509-Super Chromes)
2
3-


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 1976?

  • The United States celebrates 200th birthday of independence from British Rule
  • In New York City, the "Son of Sam" pulls a gun on July 29th and begins a series of attacks
  • The $2.00 bill Issued as part of the United States Bicentennial celebration
  • Apple Computer Company is formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak
  • NASA unveils the first space shuttle, the Enterprise
  • The punk rock group The Ramones release their first self-titled album.
  • The Irish rock band U2 is formed after drummer Larry Mullen Jr. posts a note seeking members
  • "Hotel California" by The Eagles is released.
  • #1 Movies of 1976 included: "Rocky", "The Bad News Bears", "King Kong" and "Logan's Run"
  • #1 Songs of 1976 included: "Silly Love Songs" by Paul McCartney, "Play That Funky Music" by Wild Cherry, "Sara Smiles" by Hall & Oates "Afternoon Delight" by the Starland Vocal Band and "Disco Duck" by Rick Dees




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