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ZAMAC is an acronym for the Zinc, Aluminum, Magnesium, and Copper alloy that Hot Wheels and other die-cast toy cars are made from (casted).

A ZAMAC car is basically an unpainted car and/or base.

The term ZAMAC car was first used in 1998. There were 25 carded versions available at the ’98 convention along with a baggy Zamac and a 4 ZAMAC car set.

Kay-Bee Toys also had some 2 car sets (Same casting, one painted, one unpainted or ‘ZAMAC’).

In 2004, Mattel released some of the First Editions in ZAMAC. These were a Toys 'R' Us Exclusive but were later found at Target stores as well.


The one on the right is a zamac and the other wine. both are mainlines. Notice the same tampos on both.

In 2013, Walmart issued 18 unpainted mainlines for their exclusive ZAMAC series. These have a ZAMAC logo on the cards and are numbered 001 to 018.

Walmart continued these releases in 2014 and 2015 (18 cars each year). 

Walmart also issued a premium ZAMAC exclusive car for their Rewards program in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

The photo below shows a ZAMAC or Unpainted Metal Base (chassis).


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