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.
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|
|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|
|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|
|1978||1978 Hot Wheels|
|Grey||Orange, Yellow, Blue stripes on top with 'Datsun Z' hood||Unpainted||Blue tint||Blue tint||BW||9639||Hong Kong|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|1982||1982 Hot Wheels||Dark Blue||Red, Orange, Yellow "15"||Unpainted / Metal||Blue tint||Blue tint||BW||9639|
|1983||1983 Hot Wheels|
|Black||White stripe on top with 'Datsun Z' on hood||Unpainted/Metal||Black||Black||BW||9639||France|
|1983||Speed Machines||Light Green||Orange, Yellow, Blue stripes on top and 'Datsun Z' on hood||Grey / Plastic||Gray tint||Gray tint||BW||9639|
|1983||Speed Machines||Light Green||Red, Yellow, Blue stripes on top and 'Datsun Z' on hood||Grey / Plastic||Gray tint||Gray tint||BW||9639|
|1983||1983 Hot Wheels||Metalflake Dark Red||None||Black / Plastic||Blue tint||Blue tint||BW||Malaysia||Only sold in Italy|
|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|