Its been 30 years since the Airport Rescue last appeared, and a behemoth of this nature will never see the Hot Wheels mainline again. Sporting a metal body and metal chassis, the Airport Rescue you see below was released as part of the Hot Wheels Workhorses in 1981. It is one of the most heaviest castings in the Hot Wheels portfolio and one of only a select few to have 4 axles.
Designed by the legendary Hot Wheels designer, Larry Wood, the Airport Rescue was based off of the Oshkosh P-15 ARFF (Airport Rescue Fire Fighting) Truck–a truck that could discharge 4,900 gallons of foam & water in under a minute! Its Hot Wheels life was short-lived in the United States, having only been released in 1981 & 1982. In 1983, a French version of the casting appeared in red and proves to be extremely valuable to collectors. The casting joined the ranks of our #Discontinued Castings in 1985 after its last run was released exclusively in Mexico. Given its short life, this chunk of metal must have been produced in large quantities as you can find mint versions, loose, for under $10-shipped. I was able to obtain the one you see below, with a few areas of wear, for $2.50!
RELEASE DETAILS: Yellow Body (metal). Light-Blue-Tinted Windows. Chrome Blackwall (BW) Wheels. Unpainted Metal Base. Made in Hong Kong. Toy# 1699. Released in 1981 as part of the Hot Wheels Workhorses.
I have found 3 variations, all on the base. Made in :Hong Kong, Malaysia, and raised Malaysia. Any other variations? Also have been looking for a picture of the RED French version with no luck.
Hey Jay! Check out the words “French Version” in the article above. It provides a link to the picture of the red version.
I have red and yellow airport rescue fire truck 1979 made in France was looking for today’s value also a Hot Bird made in Malaysia 1977 looking for value