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Steam Roller
Debut Series 1974 Flying Colors
Produced 1974 - 1978
Designer Larry Wood
Steamroller

Description

The Steam Roller first debuted in the Hot Wheel lineup in 1974. By 1978, it ran out of "steam" and was quietly retired after just 4 years of use.  It can be found released in the Flying Colors, Super Chromes, and Speedway Specials series.

Although uncommon, the early redline versions can be found with "hybrid" wheels, such as in the above photo, with both capped rear redline wheels and straight-axle syle front wheels.

Additionally, for both the white enamel redline version and the chrome blackwall/basic wheel version, versions with seven stars across the very front nose of the hood and the front wheel arches in a "U" shape are exceptionally rare and often go for two to three figures in completely mint condition.

Versions

The Steam Roller has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
1974 Flying Colors White Blue, Red "3" & racing decals on back Unpainted / Metal N/A Unpainted metal RL 8260 Hong Kong capped rear/7 stars Steamroller
1974 Flying Colors White Blue, Red "3" & racing decals on back Unpainted / Metal N/A Unpainted metal RL 8260 Hong Kong Capped rear / 3 stars
1974 Flying Colors White Blue, Red "3" & racing decals on back Unpainted / Metal N/A Unpainted metal RL 8260 Hong Kong 3 stars Steam 3 star wiki
1974 Flying Colors White Blue, Red "3" & racing decals on back Chrome / Plastic N/A Chrome / Plastic RL Hong Kong 3 stars chrome plastic base Steamroller ChromPlsticBase
1976 Super Chromes Chrome Blue & Yellow, "3" & racing decals on back Black / Plastic N/A Unpainted metal RL 9208 Hong Kong 7 stars
1976 Super Chromes Chrome Magenta & Red,  "3" & racing decals on back Black / Metal N/A Black / Plastic RL 9208 Hong Kong 3 stars Steam Roller MR RL
1977 Super Chromes Chrome Blue & Yellow, "3" & racing decals on back Black / Metal N/A Black / Plastic RL 9208 Hong Kong 3 stars Steam Roller RY BW5
1977 Super Chromes Chrome Blue & Yellow,  "3" and racing decals on back Black / Plastic N/A Unpainted metal BW 9208 Hong Kong 3 stars
1977 Super Chromes Chrome Blue & Yellow, "3" & racing decals on back Black / Plastic N/A Unpainted metal BW 9208 Hong Kong 7 stars SANY3220
1978 1978 Hot Wheels Yellow Magenta & Red, "3" & racing decals on back Black / Plastic N/A Unpainted metal BW 9208 Hong Kong Speedway Specials 7 stars Steam Roller YelBWL

Re-Cast Versions

The Steam Roller has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Year Series Color Tampo

Base Color / Type

Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
2011 The Hot Ones Metallic Orange Hot Wheels Logo on hood with stars surrounding the whole car Unpainted / Metal N/A Unpainted Metal BW W1570 Thailand Base Code(s): E28
2012 Hot Ones - Steam Roller

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