1988 was Hot Wheels' 20th Anniversary, and Mattel celebrated by issuing several chrome or gold chrome models in multi-packs. The "Speedshift 500" set came with a blue Porsche 959 and a yellow Ferrari Testarossa. Also released was the short-run "Dinosaur Mud Pit" set that came with a green Blazer 4x4. The Blazer isn't rare, but it's fairly collectible. All cars from both sets were never issued in blisterpack.

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
1473
3-Window '34
a) Red body with yellow, black and white "ZZ-Top"-like tampo on the sides. Lg. rear wheels
b) Same as "a", sm. rear wheels. Malaysia
BW
BW
2
1
.
1538
'57 Chevy
Metalflake blue body with no tampos. Found in 20-Pack only
UH
3
.
3992
'57 T-Bird
a) Turquoise body with red and magenta stripe tampo on hood and roof. Hong Kong
b) White body with red and blue stripe tampo on hood and roof. Hong Kong
BW
BW
1+
1+
.
5128
80's Firebird
a) Black body with yellow stripe tampo on sides and "Formula"
b) Same as "a", gold Blackwall tires
c) Metalflake blue body with silver Firebird tampo on hood
d) Same as "c", with Gold Hot Ones wheels
e) Black body with yellow Firebird tampo on hood
BW
BWG
BW
GHO
BW
1
1
1
1
1
.
5026
Alien
a) Metalflake grey body with blue top
b) Same as "a", red top
UH
UH
2
1
.
3338
Assault Crawler
Tan body with white, green and black camo tampo.
N/A
2
.
9372
Big Bertha
Tan body with green and white camo tampo
N/A
1
.
N/A
Blazer 4x4
Olive body with yellow windows and yellow tampo on doors. Dinosaur Mud Pit set ONLY
OR
3-
.
5901
Blown Camaro Z-28
Turqoise body with magenta, white and yellow stripe tampo and "Camaro Z-28" on sides
GHO
1
.
2355
Classic Cobra
Red body with yellow, black and white stripe tampo and "Cobra" on hood
BW
1
.
4606
Combat Medic
a) Tan body with white, green and brown camo tampo
b) Gold chrome body with "20th Anniversary" and lines engraved on sides. 3-pack only
c) Same as "b", lines on sides are missing
BW
BW
BW
1
2+
3
.
3973
Corvette Stingray
a) White body with "Corvette", number "35" and racing tampos on hood and sides
b) Metalflake grey body with orange/magenta/yellow stripe tampo on hood and sides with "Stingray"
c) Yellow body with orange/magenta/blue stripe tampo on hood and sides with "Stingray"
GHO
BW
BW
1
2-
2-
.
2062
Eevil Weevil
a) Blue body with yellow and green tampo on top, and pink eyes
b) Yellow body with orange and purple tampo on top, and red eyes
BW
UH
2-
1
.
2059
Fangster
Light green body with red eyes. Malaysia chassis
BW
2-
.
N/A
Ferrari Testarossa
a) Yellow body with racing tampos and number "75" on hood. Speedshift 500 set/Mattel Toy Club only
b) Chrome body with "20th Anniversary" egraved on roof. 3-Pack only
UH
UH
1
2
.
3250
Firebird Funny Car
a) Yellow body with orange, blue and magenta stripe tampo with number "2"
b) Chrome body with "20th Anniversary" engraved on top. 3-Pack only
c) Gold chrome body with "20th Anniversary egraved on top. 3-Pack only
BW
BW
BW
1
2
2
.
4000
Fire Eater
a) Red body with yellow, white and black fire tampos on sides. Malaysia
b) Yellow body with black and red fire tampos on sides. Malaysia
BW
BW
1
1
.
5027
Flame Stopper
Red body with yellow and white "Unit 31" and "Fire Dept" tampo on sides. Malaysia
CTS
1
.
5904
Good Humor Truck
White body with red as the main color in tampo
BW
1+
.
5144
Hiway Hauler
White cab with white cargo box and red/blue "NASA" tampo on sides
BW
2
.
3953
Jeep CJ-7
a) White body with orange, red and black bird on hood, no white windshield frame
b) Yellow body with purple, orange and red tampo on hood
BW
BW
1
1
.
5146
Jeep Scrambler
a) Metalflake dark red body with orange, yellow and blue "Jeep" tampo on sides
b) Same as "a", CTS
BW
CTS
1
1
.
4384
Lamborghini Countach
White body with no tampos and white metal chassis. Malaysia
UH
1
.
3911
Mercedes 540K
a) Black body with yellow plastic roof. Malaysia
b) Same as "a", with Whitewall tires
c) Chrome body with "20th Anniversary" engraved on hood. 3-Pack only
d) Gold chrome body with "20th Anniversary" egraved on hood. 3-Pack only
BW
WW
WW
WW
1
1
2
2
.
4604
Monster Vette
a) Chrome body with "20th Anniversary" egraved on roof. 3-Pack only
b) Same as "a", but with 8-spoke CTS
c) Gold Chrome body with "20th Anniversary" engraved on roof. 3-Pack only
CTS
CT8
CT
2
2+
2
.
4392
Nissan Hardbody
a) White and red body with black "Nissan" tampo on the sides
b) Same as "a", but with 8-spoke CTS
CTS
CT8
1
1
.
3968
P-911 Turbo
a) Black body with no tampos
b) White body with red, black and yellow number "95" tampo on sides and gold hubs
GHO
BWG
1+
.
4631
Porsche 959
a) Metalflake red body with yellow and orange "Porsche 959" tampo on hood and sides
b) Blue body with white/black number "7"/"Porsche on hood/sides. Speedshift 500/Mattel Toy Club only
c) Light blue body with white "7" on sides and Blackwall wheels (Leo/India Premium)
UH
UH
BW
1
2-
2
.
5022
Radar Ranger
a) Silver body with red and blue stripe tampo on sides with "Danger"
b) Same as "a", with 8-spoke CT
c) Same as "a", with black hub CT
CT
CT8
CTB
1
1
1
.
3256
Rapid Transit
Yellow body with "School Bus" tampo and smoked windows. Pop 'n Play set only
BW
1
.
5028
Ratmobile
White body with black nose and red eyes (Speed Demons)
UH
1
.
5145
Rescue Ranger
Red body with yellow, black and white "Hot Wheels Rescue Unit" on sides
BW
1
.
9380
Rocketank
a) Olive body with no tampos
b) Tan body with no tampos
N/A
N/A
1
1
.
4389
Rodzilla
a) Purple body with white teeth and yellow eyes, and a purple metal base
b) Same as "a", with a red base
c) Same as "b", with red eyes
UH
UH
UH
1
1
3
.
9375
Roll Patrol Jeep CJ-7
a) Tan body with white, green and brown camo tampo. Tan base and seats
b) Same as "a", with brown base and seats
c) Same as "a", with black interior
BW
OR
BW
2-
2-
1
.
4699
Shadow Jet
a) Yellow body with red and magenta "InterCooled" tampo on wing
b) Same as "a", with blue replacing the magenta in tampo
BW
BW
1
1
.
4004
Sheriff Patrol
Black body with white front doors and yellow/black "Sheriff" tampo on sides
BW
1
.
5902
Sol-Aire CX7
a) Red body with yellow, purple and orange tampo on hood and roof
UH
1
.
3983
Split Window '63
a) Black body with yellow, red and blue flame tampo on sides. Hong Kong
b) Grey body with magenta stripe tampo on hood and roof. Hong Kong
c) Same as "b", Malaysia chassis
BW
BW
BW
1+
1+
1+
.
5025
Sting Rod
a) Olive body with green, tan and brown camo tampo. CT with black hubs
b) Same as "a", with black 8-spoke CT
c) Tan body with green, brown and white camo tampo. CT with black hubs
d) Same as "c", with black 8-spoke CT
CTB
CT8
CTB
CT8
2
2
2
2
.
3975
Street Beast
a) Red body with yellow, black and blue "308" tampo on the sides. Gold hubs
b) Metalflake silver body with red, blue and yellow "308" tampo on the sides. Gold hubs
BWG
BWG
1
1
.
4741
Talbot Lago
a) Burgandy body with smoked windows and Whitewalls
b) White body with smoked windows and Whitewalls
WW
WW
2-
1+
.
N/A
Tall Ryder
Chrome body with "20th Anniversary" engraved on roof. 3-Pack only
CT
2
.
3998
Thunderstreak
a) Maroon body with yellow and white number "8" tampo on nose and sides
b) Blue body with yellow sides and Number "18" and "Kraco" tampos
BW
BW
1
1
.
5112
Tricar X8
a) Yellow body with red metal base. Malaysia
b) Same as "a", with yellow metal base. Malaysia
BW
BW
1
2
.
3914
Turbo Streak
a) White body with red and blue "20th Anniversary" tampo on sides. 3 or 20-Pack only
b) White body with yellow and red "Indy 500" tampo on sides. 1988 Mall Tour only
c) Same as "b", lines on sides are missing
BW
BW
BW
1
7
.


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

Tires Issued in 1988
BW
(Blackwall Tire)
WW
(Whitewall Tire)
CHO or GHO
(Chrome or Gold Hot Ones)
UH
(Ultra Hots Tire)
CTC
(Const. Tire/ chrome hub)
CTB
(Const. Tire/ black hub)


What Events Defined 1988?

  • After 8 years and 1.5 million dead, the Iran-Iraq war ends
  • The USS Vincennes mistakenly shoots down Iranian passenger jet Flight 655
  • Libyan terrorist bomb destroys Pan Am jet over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 on board
  • Australia celebrates its bicentennial
  • Crack, (a derivative of Cocaine) first appears and is increasingly found in US Cities
  • The Summer Olympic Games are held in Seoul, South Korea
  • The Winter Olympic Games are held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Soviet Red Army withdraws from Afghanistan after enduring many losses
  • U.S. Space Shuttle program resumes 2 1/2 years after Challenger disaster
  • The Hubble Space Telescope is put into operation
  • Using carbon dating, it is established that the Shroud of Turin cannot be the burial cloth of Christ
  • Top Movies of 1988 included: "Rain Man", "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", "Coming to America", "Twins", "Die Hard" and "Beetlejuice"
  • Top Songs of 1988 included: "Need You Tonight" (INXS), "The Way You Make Me Feel" (Michael Jackson), "Seasons Change" (Expose), "The Flame" (Cheap Trick), "Sweet Child o' Mine" (Guns 'n Roses), "Don't Worry-Be Happy" (Bobby McFerrin), "Love Bites" (Def Leppard), "Red, Red Wine" (UB40), "Bad Medicine" (Bon Jovi) and "Every Rose Has its Thorn" (Poison)




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