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Hot Wheels Steering Rigs was a line of detailed semi tractor and trailer sets that were released in 1981 and 1982. On the back of the trailer, there was a large wheel on top which could be used to steer the rig. See detail below:

Steering Rig Detail - 7617cf

Steering wheel detail.

They were produced in two locations: Hong Kong and France. Both pieces will have the country of manufacture on them. The differences between the France and Hong Kong can be very minor (just the base) or significant (colors or opening doors). The French weren't too discerning when putting the tractor and trailer together. There have been several examples where the semi and trailer were mixed up, i.e. a Peterbilt semi with a Allied Moving trailer (should be a Mack semi)

Another special feature of the Steering Rigs is a piece of rubber on a set of the semi wheels and a set of the trailer wheels, see the following pictures. The rubber is needed to give the wheels grip. Without it, you can turn the wheel but the truck will continue to go straight

IMG 6220
IMG 6219

Vehicles in series:

Series # Year Name Notes Photo Cab Photo
1915 1981 Kenworth Van Kenworth steering rig hot wheels racing team trailer Steering rigs white cab
1915 1981 Kenworth Van Gray trailer door Kenworth Van-24687 1 Kenworth Van-24687 4
1915 1981 Kenworth Van Red trailer door Kenworth Van-24689 1 Kenworth Van-24689 4
1915 1981 Kenworth Van France Kenworth Van-24688 1 Kenworth Van-24688 4
1916 1981 Peterbilt Tanker Peterbilt Tanker Steering Rig - 7615df Peterbilt Tanker Cab - 7616cf
1916 1981 Peterbilt Tanker France Kenworth Tanker-24681 Kenworth Tanker-24681 4
1917 1981 GMC Hauler GMC Hauler-24679 GMC Hauler-24679 4
1917 1981 GMC Hauler France GMC Hauler-24677 GMC Hauler-24677 3
1918 1981 Kenworth Tanker Kenworth Tanker-24678 Steering rigs blue cab
1918 1981 Kenworth Tanker France Gray Tanker Trailer w/"Arco" logo on sides White Cab
1919 1981 Peterbilt Hauler Peterbilt Hauler-24680 Peterbilt Hauler-24680 4
1919 1981 Peterbilt Hauler France Orange Gravel Trailer w/"Bob's Sand and Gravel" on sides Red Cab
1920 1981 GMC Van Blue trailer door GMC Van-24684 1 GMC Van-24684 4
1920 1981 GMC Van France GMC Van-24683 1 GMC Van-24683 4
3430 1982 Ford LTL Cattle Trailer Hong Kong Ford LTL Cattle Trailer-24691 Ford LTL Cattle Trailer-24691 4
3431 1981 Mack Moving Van Hong Kong Mack Moving Van-24686 Mack Moving Van-24686 4
3432 1982 White Grain Trailer Hong Kong White Grain Trailer-24758 White Grain Trailer-24758 4
3432 1982 White Grain Trailer France White Grain Trailer-24696 White Grain Trailer-24696 4
3433 1982 Ford LTL Moving Van Hong Kong Ford LTL Moving Van-24690 Ford LTL Moving Van-24690 4
3434 1982 Mack Grain Trailer Hong Kong Mack Grain Trailer-24695 Mack Grain Trailer-24695 4
3434 1982 Mack Grain Trailer France Mack Grain Trailer-24694 Mack Grain Trailer-24694 4
3435 1982 White Cattle Trailer Hong Kong White Cattle Trailer-24692 White Cattle Trailer-24692 4
3435 1982 White Cattle Trailer France White Cattle Trailer-24693 White Cattle Trailer-24693 4

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