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Z-Whiz
Debut Series 1977 Flying Colors
Produced 1977 - 1984
Designer Larry Wood
Number #9639
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Description

The Z-Whiz is a Hot Wheels casting which was first released in 1977, the last year of the 'Redline Era', and is based on the Datsun Z Series S30 body style 1969-1978 Datsun 240Z 1969-1973, Datsun 260Z,. 1974, and the Datsun 280Z 1975-1978. It's name is a play on words with the phrase 'Z Car', referring to the series of cars produced by Datsun with the suffix of 'Z', and the phrase 'Gee Whiz'. 

In 1977, the Z-Whiz was released in an extremely rare variation in white with Redline wheels. The white Z-Whiz is noted by collectors as one of the rarest Hot Wheels of the Redline and Flying Color Era, and possibly one of the rarest Hot Wheels of all time. A fairly unknown variation of the Z-Whiz exists in white with Blackwall wheels, only a couple of these are known to exist.

Probably the most valuable Z-Car is…. The 1977 Mattel® Hotwheels™ Z-Whiz….. (at least by weight it is!)But, only if you have one in the right color.

In 1977, as one of the Hotwheels “Flying Colors” series cars, Mattel produced a 1/64th scale Datsun 240-Z and named the car “Z-Whiz”.

The model was produced in silver-grey paint with black-wall tires and a smaller quantity with the “redline” tires that had become popular on many California custom cars. In addition, a very limited number of Z-Whiz models were produced in white enamel paint with redline tires

While many of the silver-grey models can still be found, very few of the white Z-Whiz redline cars are known to still exist. With even fewer in mint collectible condition and only a handful still in their original packaging, this model, manufactured only in 1977, (at the end of the “redline era”), has become one of the “holy grail” to Hotwheels collectors.

The “toy” is worth an estimated $2000 to $7500 depending on condition. A mint one out of the package has a book value of $3500… in the “blister pack” it lists at a whopping $7500.00 — one of the priciest cars listed in the Ultimate Redline Guide.

Mattel began producing the HotWheels “California Custom Miniatures” in 1968 and based the original 16 models on what was happening in the custom car market in Southern California — redline tires, “blowers”, (turbo chargers), hood scoops and other high performance and sporty looking features. The line has included cars designed by famous California car customizers like Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, George Barris and Tom Daniels. Custom paint, custom wheels and tires, custom raked suspension and details down to the modified exhaust and window tinting set these cars apart from anything else in the market.

Today, many adult collectors search for cars like the White Z-Whiz, some just to recapture their childhood, some to remind themselves of the Datsun 240, 260 or 280 “Z” they owned, (or wished they had), and others who have just been bitten by the collecting bug.

The Z-Whiz also has three international releases from Italy, France and Mexico.

Versions

The Z-Whiz 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
5 1977 1977 Flying Colors Grey Orange, Yellow, Blue stripes on top with 'Datsun Z' on hood Unpainted / Metal Blue Tint Blue tint RL 9639 Hong Kong Zwhiz rl sleepercivic
5 1977 1977 Flying Colors Grey Orange, Yellow, Blue stripes on top with 'Datsun Z' on hood Unpainted / Metal Blue Tint Blue tint BW 9639 Hong Kong Z-Whiz GryR
5 1977 1977 Flying Colors White Orange, Yellow, Blue stripes on top with 'Datsun Z' on hood Unpainted / Metal Blue tint Blue tint RL 9639 Hong Kong White z whiz wiki
1978 1978 Hot Wheels
Super Streeters
Grey Orange, Yellow, Blue stripes on top with 'Datsun Z' hood Unpainted Blue tint Blue tint BW 9639 Hong Kong Z-Whiz GryR
1979 Golden Machines 6-Pack Gold Chrome Orange, White, Blue stripes on top and 'Datsun Z' on hood Unpainted / Metal Blue tint Blue tint BW 9639 Hong Kong Zwhiz gold sleepercivic
1980 1980 Hot Wheels Green Light Green, White, Black stripes on top and 'Datsun Z' on hood Unpainted / Metal Blue tint Blue tint BW 9639 Hong Kong Z-Whiz GrnL
1980 1980 Hot Wheels Green Light Green, White, Black stripes on top and 'Datsun Z' on hood Unpainted / Metal Blue tint Blue tint BW 9639 Malaysia Z-Whiz GrnL
1982 1982 Hot Wheels Dark Blue Red, Orange, Yellow "15" Unpainted / Metal Blue tint Blue tint BW 9639 Zwhiz blue sleepercivic
1983 1983 Hot Wheels
Hot Ones
Black White stripe on top with 'Datsun Z' on hood Unpainted/Metal Black Black BW 9639 France Zwhizfranceblack
1983 Speed Machines Light Green Orange, Yellow, Blue stripes on top and 'Datsun Z' on hood Grey / Plastic Gray tint Gray tint BW 9639 Zwhiz speed org sleepercivic
1983 Speed Machines Light Green Red, Yellow, Blue stripes on top and 'Datsun Z' on hood Grey / Plastic Gray tint Gray tint BW 9639 Zwhiz speed red sleepercivic
1983 1983 Hot Wheels Metalflake Dark Red None Black / Plastic Blue tint Blue tint BW Malaysia Only sold in Italy Z-Whiz-20637
1984 1984 Hot Wheels Dark Green Red, Yellow, Black stripes on top and 'Datsun Z' on hood Unpainted/Metal Blue ting Blue tint BW France Base says "France" but it was only available in Mexico Zwhiz mex2 sleepercivic

See Also

Datsun 240Z

Nissan Fairlady Z

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