The seven themes from 1978 and 1979 were dropped in 1980. The only two series that continued were the Scene Machines and Heroes line. Introduced in 1980 were two new lines: Workhorses, which was a series of construction-related vehicles and Hi-Rakers, which featured modified chassis that would allow you to "jack up" the rear end of the car for a modified "raked" look. 1980 also brought collectors the Hiway Hauler, a box truck model that would prove to be a boon for advertising and promotions. Themes for the truck down the road would included Penzoil, Mountain Dew, GoodYear, Wal-Mart and more. Also in 1980, two new wheels made their debut: a gold chrome wheel dubbed "Hot Ones", or "GHO", and a large Construction Tire, dubbed "CT". Another promotion was issued during 1980: models in a baggie and header card for the Wisconsin Toy Company.

Quoted values are for LOOSE, NM examples. Cars less than NM will obviously command a lesser value than listed, depending on overall condition. Unless otherwise stated, the country of origin for all listed models is Hong Kong. Different countries will be listed second, and bolded.

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
1132
3-Window '34 Red body with yellow "Hot Rod" and flame/stripe tampo on the roof and rear deck
BW
2-
1131
'40's Woodie Orange body with faux brown "wood" panels on the sides. Black roof (Hi-Rakers)
BW
1+
2022
Baja Breaker a) Green body with white blue and yellow "Baja Breaker" tampo on the sides
b) Same as "a", but olive replaces the blue in the tampo
BW
BW
2-
9
2511
Bubble Gunner a) Green body with blue, yellow and white tampo on the nose and cowling. HK chassis
b) Same as "a", Malaysia chassis
BW
BW
2
2
2509
Bywayman Light green body with yellow and white "Eagle" and eagle on the sides
BW
2
2879
Captain America White body with red/blue stripe tampo on top, "Captain America" on sides. Red interior (Heroes)
GHO
2
1172
CAT Bulldozer a) Yellow body with black treads HK chassis (Workhorses)
b) Same as "a", Malaysia chassis
N/A
N/A
1
1
1168
CAT Dump Truck a) Yellow body with black/white "C777" tampo on the left side. Yellow rims (Workhorses)
b) Same as "a", but the "C777" is cast into the body
CT
CT
1
1
1168
CAT Forklift a) Yellow body with a black frame, black "C-v80" tampo on the sides (Workhorses)
b) Same as "a", but the "C-v80 is cast into the sides, and not a tampo
BW
BW
1
1
1173
CAT Wheel Loader Yellow body with black/white "C988" tampo on side. Yellow rims (Workhorses)
CT
3
9241
Corvette Stingray a) Orange body with black, magenta and yellow ribbon tampo on hood and roof
b) Same as "a", but with gold Hot Ones wheels
BW
GHO
2
2
1133
Dodge D-50 Red body with a white plastic top, and a yellow/black "Dodge" tampo on the sides (Hi-Rakers)
BW
1
2507
Dumpin' A a) Orange body with a yellow dumper, with a red, orange and yellow "A-Truckin" tampo on the sides
b) Same as "a", but with plum interior and fenders. Malaysia chassis
BW
BW
2
3-
N/A
Dune Daddy Dark blue body with flower tampos on the hood. Wisconsin Toy Co. promotion (baggie only)
RL
2
2506
Flat-Out 442 Yellow body, with orange, blue and maroon "442" tampo on sides, and small racing logos
BW
2+
9645
GMC Motorhome a) Green body with white, black and yellow "Palm Beach"/sunset tampo on the sides
b) Yellow body with "The Amazing Spiderman" deco and Blackwall wheels (Leo issue)
c) Red body with "The Amazing Spiderman" deco and Blackwall wheels (Leo issue)
d) Red body with "Greenwood: The Look of the Future!" deco and Blackwall wheels (Leo issue)
BW
BW
BW
BW
3
4
4
6



1127
Greyhound MC-8 a) White/metal body with red, blue and black stripe/"Greyhound" & "Americruiser" tampo on sides
b) Same as "a", Malaysia chassis
BW
BW
3-
2
N/A
Hammer Down Red body with blue "Hammer Down" sticker on bed. Only avail. in the Great American Truck Race set
BW
8
1174
Hiway Hauler a) White cab/white plastic box with blue and red "North American" logo on sides.
b) Same as "a", but also has "Van Lines" in black on cab sides
BW
BW
2
3
2014
Hot Bird a) Brown body with yellow Firebird on hood, orange and yellow stripe on roof
b) Same as "a", blue body
BW
BW
6
5
2878
Incredible Hulk Yellow body with black, white and green "Incredible Hulk"/character tampo. One LG rear window
BW
2+
2510
Inside Story a) Yellow body, with green, red and blue stripe tampo on the sides
b) Same as "a", but with dark blue tinted windows
c) Same as "a", Malaysia chassis
BW
BW
BW
1
1
1
2012
Jaguar XJS Blue body with red and yellow "XJS" and Jaguar tampo on the sides
BW
1+
N/A
Movin' On White cab with red "Movin' On" sticker on bed. Only avail. in Great American Truck Race set
BW
8
.
9244
Neet Streeter Plum body with red, white and blue "Oldie But Goodie" tampo on roof and rear deck
BW
2+
7648
P-911 a) White body with red, green and black stripe/"Turbo"/"6" tampo on hood and roof
b) Same as "a", but with BW
GHO
BW
2
2+
2015
Packin' Pacer a) Orange body with red, magenta and blue stripe/"Packin' Pacer" tampo on hood and roof
b) Same as "a", but with GHO
BW
GHO
1
2-
1169
Peterbilt Mixer Red body with grey and white plastic mixer drum
BW
2-
9088
Rock Buster a) Green body with red, white and blue lightning bolt/number "10" tampo. Various sponsor logos
b) Same as "a", Malaysia chassis
BW
BW
2
2
1136
Split Window '63 Grey body with red, white and blue "Corvette" tampo on hood and roof (Hi-Rakers)
BW
1+
9641
Spoiler Sport Green body with yellow red and black sunset tampo on sides. One LG rear window
BW
2
1126
Stutz Blackhawk Grey body with blue, yellow and white stripe "Stutz" tampo on hood and roof
BW
2-
1129
Super Scraper Yellow body with orange, black and blue stripe/"Speedy Removal" tampo on the sides
BW
2-
7649
Super Van a) White body with orange and red flames tampo on the sides. Metal chassis
b) Same as "a", but with Malaysia chassis
BW
BW
2+
2+
6422
Swingin' Wing Yellow body w/orange/plum stripe tampo on hood. Wisconsin Toy Co. promo (Baggie only)
RL
2-
1130
Tricar X8 White body with red/blue tampo on nose and rear fenders. Blue plastic fin
BW
1+
9648
T-Totaller Red body with yellow and black "Your Basic Express Trucking Company" tampo on sides
BW
2-
1125
Turbo Mustang Yellow body black, orange and red stripe/"Mustang" tamp on hood and roof
BW
2-
1134
Turbo Wedge Light green body with yellow plastic rear spoiler. Metal chassis
BW
1+
2500
Upfront 924 Orange body with yellow, red and black stripe/"924" tampo on hood and roof
BW
2-
1135
'Vette Van Black body with red, white and yellow stripe/"Vette Van" tampo on sides (Hi-Rakers)
BW
2+
7620
Volkswagen Orange body/bug tampo on roof, plastic chassis. Wisconsin Toy Co. Promo-baggie only)
RL
2
7654
Warpath Red body with blue/white stripe and plastic chassis. Wisconsin Toy Co. Promo (Baggie only)
RL
2-
9639
Z Whiz a) Green body with green and white stripe/"Datsun Z" on hood and roof
b) Same as "a", Malaysia chassis
BW
BW
1+
2-


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 1980?

  • Everyone was wondering "Who Shot J.R." on the hit show "Dallas"
  • The United States boycotted the Summer Olympics in Moscow, USSR
  • John Lennon is assassinated by Mark David Chapman
  • American Hostages in Iran are freed right at the end of Jimmy Carter's presidency
  • Ronald Reagan defeats Jimmy Carter for the presidency and takes credit for the Hostages release
  • Mount St. Helens erupts in Skamania County, Washington, killing 60 people
  • Sadaam Hussein launches Iraq into war with Iran over oil rights
  • Japan surpasses the United States as the largest automaker
  • The U.S. defeated Russia in hockey, 4-3, at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York
  • #1 Movies of 1980 included "The Empire Strikes Back", "Friday the 13th", "Caddyshack", "Raging Bull" & "The Shining"
  • #1 Songs of 1980 included "Rock With You" (Michael Jackson), "Another Brick in the Wall" (Pink Floyd), "Call Me" (Blondie) & "Another One Bites the Dust" (Queen)




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