1968 Carrying Cases
The introduction of Hot Wheels in 1968 was accompanied by a variety of carrying case options for the new collector.
The 12 Car Rally Case
The most common and dreaded case, the “Wheel Case” famous for its ability to mangle mint condition cars into beaters!
Inside of the Rally Case
The interior features as graphic showing twelve of the 16 cars released in 1968. This case initially came in a 12 car capacity and later in a 24 car capacity.
24 Car Collector’s Log Case
24 Car Collector’s Log Case (5138)
Another option was the 24 car “Log” case. The graphics on this care are identical, front and rear.
The compartment sizes were fixed in this case which did not do so well for the longer cars. The plastic curtains were provided to prevent the cars from bowing the cover and falling out.
Collectors recorded their acquisitions on the inside of the cover.
12 Car Pop Up Grandstand Case
This case is feature by itself as part of the Pop Up Playsets. Click here to see it open.
1969 Carrying Cases
1969 saw the addition of the adjustable carrying cases. These remained available for a couple of years. A 24 car version of the Rally Case (wheel shaped case) was also released that year.
Adjustable Flat Cases
All three cases have adjustable compartment sizes to accommodate different lengths of the cars.
12 Car Case
24 Car Case
48 Car Case
1970 Carrying Cases
All cases for 1970 had fixed sized compartments.
72 Car “Snake and Mongoose” Case
72 Car Case
This is the largest capacity case ever made. This case was made with turnbuckle closure and snap closure lids.
Snake and Mongoose Graphic
48 Car “Gran Prix” Case
This case was also made with turnbuckle closure and snap closure lids.
Ferrari 312P and Porsche 917 Graphic
Otto Kuhni artwork on the Gear Box
The vinyl covered cardboard Gear Box is the largest case made by Mattel for the Hot Wheels line.
Open Gear Box in use
The compartment on the left is adjustable storage for 12 cars. The long section in the back holds the orange track. Unfortunately, the handle is missing.
12 Car “Mantis” Case
1973 – 1976 Carrying Cases
1974 Flying Colors Case (8227)
Only issued for one year, this case is harder to find, dated 1974
Porsche 917 – Heavy Chevy – Baja Bruiser
1976 Mustang and Camaro 24 Car Case in Grey
Flying Colors Case
This case came in 12 or 24 car capacities
Photo Credits: Ted Gray & John Lee
Used with permission onlineredlineguide.com
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