Originally released in 1978 this is one of the core 3 models in the Tonka Clutch Popper series. A stylised version of a Chevrolet Monza, called ‘Red Flame’ on the original packaging. Great looking pressed steel toy car with or without decals/stickers, reliably a very fast model, arguably maybe even too fast for many homes! The decals/stickers of ‘Action’ on the side indicate an early late 70’s – 1980 model, after that you’ll find the Cragar decals, 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.
(The above photo of this model by Bas de Graaff is from this Flickr album)
|Body Type||Chevrolet Monza|
|Year||1978-80 (Action), 1981-82 (Cragar), 1983-87 Turbo Racer|
|Colour||Red 1978-82, Black(Silver chassis) – 1983, Black/Red (Silver chassis) – 1984, Maroon (Flames/Scorcher) – 1985-1987|
|L-W-H (mm)||125 – 65 (rear) – 40|
|Motor||Rear wheel, flywheel single clutch|
|Special features||Fast, Turbo piece on bonnet/hood|