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Hairy Hauler
Debut Series 1971 Hot Wheels
Produced 1971
Designer Paul Tam
Number 6458
Hairyhauler

Description

The Hairy Hauler is a Hot Wheels casting designed by Paul Tam which debuted in the 1971 Hot Wheels range of vehicles. It features a front opening canopy which reveals the interior, it also has a large rear-mounted engine with long exhaust pipes.

It was mainly manufactured in the USA but some Spectraflame blue cars were made in Hong Kong. Some small casting variations are known; later produced cars have a cross-bar between the two exhaust pipes and a slightly different hinge mechanism for the opening canopy. Some cars also have a longer steering wheel than others. It came packaged with a metal collectors 'button'.

Due to shade differences in the Spectraflame painting process, the existance of Spectraflame Lime and Spectraflame Aqua versions receive sceptisism by collectors. Some believe that most 'Lime' cars are actually an off-shade of the regular 'Spectraflame Yellow' and 'Aqua' cars are faded 'Spectraflame Green', and that true Aqua and Lime cars exist but are very rare.

The Hairy Hauler was also manufactured in Mexico by CIPSA, these versions are very hard to find and usually in poor condition. 

Versions

The Hairy Hauler has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Col # Year Series Color Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Aqua Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL (Dual Rear Wheels) 6458 USA Rare / Speculative Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Blue Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL (Dual Rear Wheels) 6458 USA Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Light Blue Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL (Dual Rear Wheels) 6458 USA Hard to Find Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Green Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL (Dual Rear Wheels) 6458 USA Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Light 'Apple' Green Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL (Dual Rear Wheels) 6458 USA Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Red Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL (Dual Rear Wheels) 6458 USA Hard to Find Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Rose Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL (Dual Rear Wheels) 6458 USA HairyHaulerRose
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Purple Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL (Dual Rear Wheels) 6458 USA Hard to Find Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Magenta Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL (Dual Rear Wheels) 6458 USA 100 9651
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Pink Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL (Dual Rear Wheels) 6458 USA Hairyhauler
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Salmon Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL (Dual Rear Wheels) 6458 USA Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Yellow Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL (Dual Rear Wheels) 6458 USA HairyHaulerYellow
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Lime Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL (Dual Rear Wheels) 6458 USA Rare / Speculative Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Blue Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL (Dual Rear Wheels) 6458 Hong Kong Image Not Available

CIPSA Versions

In the early 1970's, the Hairy Hauler was made in Mexico for the Mexican market by CIPSA. They all use the casting with the cross-bar between the exhaust pipes and the only major difference are the paint colors. Despite being made in Mexico they still have 'USA' marked on the base.

Color Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
Metalflake Dark Blue Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL (Dual Rear Wheels) 6458 USA Image Not Available
Metalflake Dark Green Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL (Dual Rear Wheels) 6458 USA Image Not Available
Light Blue (Chrome) Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL (Dual Rear Wheels) 6458 USA Image Not Available
Enamel Orange Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL (Dual Rear Wheels) 6458 USA Image Not Available
Pink (Chrome) Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL (Dual Rear Wheels) 6458 USA Image Not Available

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