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High Speed production initially began in Hong Kong in 1979. They later moved their production factory to Macau and as of 2006 were again located in Hong Kong. And were now known as High Speed Metal and Plastic Products Manufacturing Co Ltd.

Early production models consisted of antique car models and friction pull back locomotives. These models can be found with the High Speed logo on the base and/or the High Speed name, but just as often not. They do have a 4 digit number on their bases. Most often these castngs were presented in open bulk displays The antique vehicles were also available in picture boxes as well. In the 1990s, this series of castings were issued again in a series called "Vintage Replicas".

They also made a range of vehicles for Grell Werbemittal who used them in promotional items for others.

Friction pullback sport cars were also made in both time frames (?). There were 12 cars reflective of the era. These were also offered in a bulk display format and called "Mini Pullback Sports Car". No brand identification was included on the base. Only the car model and a series number that began with an M or W.

They also issued a series of 1:43 scale LeMans sports cars like the Porsche 904.

In the 1980s, High Speed made diecasts for Imperial "]Imperial[/URL] who marketed them as "Hot Tire Peelers" - a series of pullbacks. And in the 1990s, they made "Road Machine" and "Mighty Machines" castings for this Imperial "]Imperia[/URL]l lineup. In the early 2000s, they made a candy filled semi and reefer set exclusively for Alberstons grocery stores that was distributed by Imperial .

In the mid 1990s, Imperial "]Imperial[/URL] and Ja-Ru both issued friction pull back models made by High Speed. The Imperial "Road Machines" were a series of commercial vehicles using the same truck cab. The Ja-u "Muscle Machines were a series of 'tooned American muscle cars. Farm tractors (?) with pullback action were also available. They included a trailer castings to tow behind the tractor.

Occasionally, High Speed produced models that Readers Digest used as premiums with their condensed book club offerings. In 2002, one series included 8 American "Classic Cars" from the 1950s and 60s was made. These models came with rubber tires, but no moving parts. The base plate series number begins with HF. Other series were of fire engines and one of a Southern Pacific train consist.

High Speed also made models in the 1:87 scale range. First for Dickie and then for Model Power. Then again under the Dickie-Shuco brand with Shuco on their bases. Like the Readers Digest premiums noted above these casting also have the HF# references on their bases. For Boley they made their 2 car set of Formula racers and big rig set called "Mega Fleet".

In 2005, they began making a series of castings in 1:64 scale that were marketed under the Malibu International brand. This series parrelled the 1:87 range wih both HF#s used on their bases and was called Model Collection Scale 1/87

In 2007 a series called 'Reel Rides' was made by High Speed and released under the Malibu International brand. These models are cars used in movies released with Universal Studios in conjuction with their Consumer Products Group (CPG). The first five models were released in March 2007.

As of 2019, High Speed still shows a current address and factory location with a products catalogue of various scale diecast cars and toy cars being made for market.

Other known series names -

Classics Of Yesteryear
'LeMans Racers' - 1:43 scale
Model Collection Scale 1:87 - marketed by Malibu International and made by High Speed
Reel Ride - 2007 to ?; movie cars made by High Speed and marketed by Malibu International


See Model Power also.

A unspecified relationship with Tintoys is also noted.



Sourced references -
https://www.tradeeasy.com/supplier/21515/high-speed-metal.html
https://www.hobbydb.com/subjects/high-speed-brand
Manufacturers list
Encyclopedia of Small-Scale Diecast Motor Vehicle Manufacturers - Sahakangas, Foster & Weber (2006)
 
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