Collecting and OrganizingArchaeological dig - Redlines!

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I boxed up my collection of Hot Wheels and other diecast and scale model cars about 35 years ago! I saw them again about 20 years ago when I moved them from my parents house to my home. Today, I dug them out of the storage closet.

Here is a box of loose vehicles.

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

There are at least 4 Redlines visible and more buried underneath.

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

I have for a long time thought that this collectors case was a Hot Wheels product, but as you can see it is from Matchbox. There are three layers of vehicles and it holds - I believe - either 45 or 60 vehicles. Most are Redlines, if I am recalling that correctly. (Update - all of them where Redlines! 6 empty slots from a total of 72 total.

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

I know I started collecting sometime in 1968 and did so through '71 or '72 (latest one was actually from 1976). More pics to come as I sort through the loose box and open the case back up.

Stay tuned!

Awesome find, Milt, thanks for putting up pics!

I love finding old childhood stuff, just really motivates me to get into the spirit of things. Nice part now is that even if your old cars are in pieces and parts, you can create some one-off custom racers with them. You might make the next fastest racer!

ditto on re-finds...during a back room clear out...i dug out a 20 year old portable TV / radio, in the box...and from an old family tradition of taping the to / from tag on the gift's box, it still had the TO ; MIKE from ; MOM and DAD xmas tag taped to it... ditto on it getting you in the spirit !...

Contents of the treasure box!

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

The visible Redlines

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

Sizzlers had Redlines!

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

Rail Dragsters - Snake and Mongoose set and a FARBS! I have the other drag chute somewhere - more digging!

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

Bits and pieces from the bottom of the box. The tires and most of the chrome pieces belong to non hot wheels vehicles. The big orange thing is a canopy for a Matchbox troop truck I think!

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

The launching pad from an Aero Launcher set. I believe it is the Deora car. Wasnt the Deora - just looks like an El Camino as well. One is called Fleetsider and the other Seasider.

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

A trio of Heavy Weights

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

Cool pics Milton! Love the old redline stuff.

Here are the 6 trays of Redlines from my child hood carry case. I didnt find the 1st Edition Snake Funny Car (my favorite) or the 2nd Edition Mongoose so there must be more somewhere else. Nor four other vehicles which I have buttons for!! Also found more evidence of racing strip modifications and added tampos. Found another chute - but there is one more that is loose somewhere else still. The penny on top is from 1949 and includes 4 others glued together for added weight - the bottom one is blank on one side!

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

I havent finished sorting the folder, but their are individual photos of each vehicle at my Flickr site

You got yourself a very nice collection of Redlines.....very cool. And do I see a bye focal/show off in there? $$$$$$$... Most of them look pretty near mint, but you have a few that could be Beater burnout entries.

great bunch of memories...do you need a demon engine ? got some !

Awesome photos...your Flickr page has a ton of great shots, everyone check those out if you haven't yet.

www.flickr.com/photos/markaraj/s ... 293933094/

Just checked out your Flickr account. You have some gems in your collection Milton! Quite a few minty cars -are they all from your childhood?

Thanks for all the positive comments!

JDC442 I did buy a very good '69 McLaren M6A last year, but all of those in the baskets where collected between '68 and '76!

And yes traction event, that is a Show Off you spotted. The pink/magenta next to it is called the Buzz Off. The rear cover is suppose to lift up, but I didnt want to force it open. It has a metal flake in the paint as well. One of the reasons I went looking for them was for the beater races, but all of those candidates - needed a good wheel tune or rebuild for them to even begin to roll very far - and I dont have the time left to do that and make the upcoming submission deadline!

PM sent about the Demon engine to model40fan.

Thanks for all the positive comments!

One of the reasons I went looking for them was for the beater races, but all of those candidates - needed a good wheel tune or rebuild for them to even begin to roll very far - and I dont have the time left to do that and make the upcoming submission deadline!


WE JUST ADDED ANOTHER WEEK TO THE DEADLINE OF THIS EVENT! Find one of your Redlines that rolls well enough to make it to the end of a race track and send it in!! It's going to be a blast, and I promise there will be lots of photos taken for this event!
http://www.redlinederby.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=1463

Oh! Great...will do some more rolling tests this evening!

Oh! Great...will do some more rolling tests this evening!

atta boy!!!

Found two candidates...and one is not a contender!

One seems to have had an electrical fire!

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

The other keeps wanting to turn left...

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

Shortest distance traveled (downhill) at 3/4".

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

CrzyTrkrDude
was rear wheel steering an option back then??

3/4" You should mod it!

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