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Jet Threat
Debut Series 1971 Hot Wheels
Produced 1971, 1973, 1976-1978
Designer Larry Wood
Number 6179
Jetthreat

Description

The Jet Threat is a Hot Wheels casting designed by Larry Wood which debuted in the 1971 Hot Wheels range of vehicles. In the pre-production stages of design it was named 'Jet Dragster'. It features an an enormous jet engine in the front with two large exhaust nozzles in the rear. The cockpit is located at the very back of the car under a small glass canopy. 

1971 versions of the Jet Threat were painted in various Spectraflame colors and featured an opening compartment in the middle of the engine which reveals an orange turbine. It was manufactured in Hong Kong and has a blue tinted glass canopy. It was packaged with a decal sheet of a yellow/orange stripe with '15' and an artist's impression of the car. It was also packaged with a plastic 'collectors button'.

The Jet Threat was released as a Shell Promo in 1973, a giveaway promotional car handed out to customers at Shell service stations. As with other 1973 cars, it lost its Spectraflame paint which was replaced with enamel paint. To save on cost, the opening turbine compartment on the engine was cast shut.

It was also produced in Mexico by CIPSA using the 1973 casting, these releases are extremely rare and are usually found in poor condition (more information below).

In 1976, the Jet Threat was released in the Flying Colors series. It was renamed 'Jet Threat II' despite being the exact same casting as the 1973 version. The Jet Threat II was made between 1976 and 1978 and saw two different color-schemes.

The Jet Threat has not been seen since 1978, although it has led to two follow-up castings: Jet Threat 3.0 from 2001 and Jet Threat 4.0 from 2007.

The Jet Threat was playable in the Hot Wheels: Turbo Racing video game, 

1971 Versions

The Jet Threat has been released in the 1:64 scale following versions:

Year Series Color Stickers Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Yellow Yellow/Orange Stripe '15' Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Body color RL 6179 Hong Kong Yellow Jet Threat wiki
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Light 'Apple' Green Yellow/Orange Stripe '15' Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Body color RL 6179 Hong Kong 406445960 o-1-
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Red Yellow/Orange Stripe '15' Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Body color RL 6179 Hong Kong Jet Threat red 1971
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Aqua Yellow/Orange Stripe '15' Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Body color RL 6179 Hong Kong Playable in Hot Wheels: Turbo Racing JetThreatAqua
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Blue Yellow/Orange Stripe '15' Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Body color RL 6179 Hong Kong Jet Threat Blue 15
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Green Yellow/Orange Stripe '15' Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Body color RL 6179 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Lime Yellow/Orange Stripe '15' Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Body color RL 6179 Hong Kong Jetthreat
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Magenta Yellow/Orange Stripe '15' Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Body color RL 6179 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Purple Yellow/Orange Stripe '15' Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Body color RL 6179 Hong Kong Hard to Find Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Rose Yellow/Orange Stripe '15' Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Body color RL 6179 Hong Kong Rare Image Not Available

1973 Shell Promo Versions

The Jet Threat has been released in the 1:64 scale following versions:

Year Series Color Stickers Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
1973 1973 Shell Promos Enamel Light Blue None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Body color RL Shell08 Hong Kong TRJetThreat
1973 1973 Shell Promos Flourescent Dark Blue None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Body color RL Shell08 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1973 1973 Shell Promos Enamel Pink None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Body color RL Shell08 Hong Kong Jet threat
1973 1973 Shell Promos Enamel Red None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Body color RL Shell08 Hong Kong JetThreat1973Red
1973 1973 Shell Promos Enamel Yellow None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Body color RL Shell08 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1973 1973 Shell Promos Flourescent Green None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Body color RL Shell08 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1973 1973 Shell Promos Enamel Lime Green None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Body color RL Shell08 Hong Kong Image Not Available

CIPSA Versions

In the early 1970's, the Jet Threat was manufactured by CIPSA in Mexico for the Mexican market using the 1973 Shell Promo casting. These versions differ from the regular versions in a couple of small ways. The glass is clear instead of tinted blue, and the wheels are completely different. Despite being manufactured in Mexico, they are still marked with 'Hong Kong' on the base.

The Jet Threat has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Color Stickers Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Country Notes / Variations Photo
Enamel Light Blue None Unpainted / Metal Clear N/A RL Hong Kong Image Not Available
Enamel Red None Unpainted / Metal Clear N/A RL Hong Kong Image Not Available
Enamel Orange None Unpainted / Metal Clear N/A RL Hong Kong Image Not Available

1976-1978 'Jet Threat II' Versions

The Jet Threat has been released in the 1:64 scale following versions:

Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
1976 1976 Flying Colors Enamel Plum Yellow Flames Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Body color RL 8235 Hong Kong Jetthreat2
1977 1977 Flying Colors Enamel Plum Yellow Flames Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Body color BW 8235 Hong Kong Jet Threat PrpBW
1978 1978 Flying Colors Enamel Dark Blue Orange Stripe with Yellow 'Jet Threat' Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Body color BW 8235 Hong Kong Also found on 'Drag Strippers' Card Jet Threat Blu

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