Originally released in 1978 this is one core 3 models in the Tonka Clutch Popper series. A stylised version of a Chevrolet Chevelle (possibly closest to a 74 Chevelle Malibu) called ‘Yellow Streak’ on the original packaging. I originally thought it was something like a Dodge Aspen, until I saw the Chevelle then changed my mind, but these things are such a highly stylised like representation it can be a bit tricky to tell! But they are all definitely based on Chevy reference cars I’m pretty sure now.
A great looking pressed steel toy car though, reliably a fast model, actually looks better without decals. The decals/stickers of ‘Action’ on the side indicate an early late 70’s – 1980 model, after that you’ll find the Cragar decals/stickers, and later foil type decals of the ‘Turbo Racer’ series. The main body shape, base and wheels stayed the same, it appears an additional reductive gear was added when the turbo sound was added (Cragar models upwards mainly). as these models tend to run noticeably faster if revved up to max. This is the body type that was used for the smaller “Power Popper” series of the mid 80’s.
(The above photo of this model by Bas de Graaff is from this Flickr album)
|Body Type||Chevrolet Chevelle|
|Year||1978-80 (Action), 1981-83 (Cragar)|
|Colour||Yellow (1978-82), White (1983)|
|L-W-H (mm)||125 – 65 (rear) – 45|
|Motor||Rear wheel, flywheel single clutch|
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