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Crew Car
Debut Series 1971 Hot Wheels
Produced 1971

2009 (Re-Tool)

Designer Howard Rees & Larry Wood
Number 6183
Pitcrew


Description

The Crew Car (sometimes called Pit Crew or Pit Crew Car) is a Hot Wheels casting which debuted in the 1971 Hot Wheels range of vehicles. It features an opening rear hatch which displays a tool-kit.

In its original production in 1971, it was only painted in one color; white enamel. It could be found with either a white or gray interior. It came packaged with a decal sheet of blue stripes with yellow stars, 'Pit Crew' and an artists impression of the car. It also came packaged with a plastic 'Collectors Button'.

The Crew Car is known to have issues with a metal fatigue called 'Crumbling' where the body or chassis develops cracks and literally crumbles into pieces.

It could be also found on cards with a 'Zappit Pak' accessory, a rubber-band powered launcher.

The Crew Car was also manufactured in Mexico by CIPSA, these versions are very hard to find and are usually in poor condition (more information below).

In 2009 it was re-tooled for the HotWheelsCollectors.com Series 8 Neo Classics.

Original Versions

The Crew Car has come out in the following versions:

Year Series Color Sticker Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy# Country Notes / Variations Photo
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Enamel White Hot Wheels Logo and 'Pit Crew' on side, Blue Stripe with white stars on top Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) White or Gray RL 6183 Hong Kong Pitcrew

CIPSA Versions

In the early 1970's, the Crew Car was manufactured by CIPSA in Mexico for the Mexican market. These versions differ from the regular versions in a couple of small ways. The interior is black compared to the dark gray of the Hong Kong versions, the glass is clear instead of tinted blue, and the tool-kit does not have any silver details. Despite being manufactured in Mexico, they are still marked with 'Hong Kong' on the base.

The Crew Car 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 White None Unpainted / Metal Clear Black RL Hong Kong Image Not Available
Enamel Black None Unpainted / Metal Clear Black RL Hong Kong Image Not Available
Enamel Mustard Yellow None Unpainted / Metal Clear Black RL Hong Kong Image Not Available

Re-Tooled Versions

The Crew Car has come out in the following versions:

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy# Country Notes / Variations Photo
6/6 2009 HWC Neo Classics Chrome Hot Wheels Logo and 'Pit Crew' on side, Blue Stripe with white stars on top Chrome / Metal Tinted (Blue) Black Neo Classic RL P9101 China 7,500 Produced

Named: 'Pit Crew Car'

PitCrew 09HWC
2009 Dream Halloween Gold & Purple Iridescent Chrome Spider & Spiders Web Chrome / Metal Clear Black RR ? China Image Not Available