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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. They are 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 their base and/or the High Speed name, but just as often - not. They do have a 4 digit number included on their bases. Most often these castngs were presented in open bulk shelf displays. The antique vehicles were also available individually in packaged picture boxes as well. In the 1990s, this series of antinque vehicles 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 during both time frames noted above (?). There were 12 cars reflective of each production era. These were also offered in a bulk display format and called "Mini Pullback Sports Car". No brand identification was included on their bases. Only the car model and a series number were listed each began with an M or W letter prefix.

They also issued a series of 1:43 scale Le Mans sports cars. One model example was the Porsche 904.

In the 1980s, High Speed made diecasts for Imperial, who marketed them as "Hot Tire Peelers" - a series of pullbacks.

In the late 1980s, Wendy's (USA) gave away a set of classic antique cars made by High Speed. Each of these castings only identified the car model name and a casting number on the base.

In the early 1990s, International Hobby Corporation, a Philadelphia based distribution company, marketed sets of High Speeds "Classic Trucks" and "Classic Cars" used in "HO" scale model railroading layouts. Later they moved High Speed made tractor trailer rig sets.

In the mid 1990s, Imperial 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. They also made the "Mighty Machines" series of Imperial casting models. The JA-RU "Muscle Machines were a series of 'tooned American muscle cars. Their Farm tractors with pullback action were also available from Canasia Toys & Gifts a Canadian based distribution company. They included a trailer castings to tow behind the tractor.

In the early 2000s, they made a candy filled semi and reefer set exclusively for Alberstons grocery stores that was distributed by Imperial .

Other companies that distributed High Speed made castings but do not have a known date range include -

AMSCAN - They are still based in Elmsford, New York and distributed a group of F1 Race Cars as party favors (and other casting groups not specified to type or maker.)

Dollar Tree under their in house brand labels.

Eclat Trading - a Canadian distribution company issued High Speed made castings as "Classic Cars".

Kids Country USA is a CDI Canadian based distributed who operated a network at various duty free gift shops at American airports. They offered a 6-pack of High Speed F1 castings and other 1:43 scale race cars in their shop locations.

Lido Products was based in Chicago and marketed a 4 pack of High Speed made trucks under the name of "Mini Truck".

Magic was based near Dallas and offered various High Speed made castings under their "Fast Wheel" label (and a possibility of High Speeds F1 races.)

In France, Mini Motors offered a series of pullbacks made in Macau; for High Speed, but mislabeled (?) them as made by Majorette on the packaging.

Nobility is diecast distributor based in Canada who also imported High Speeds' "Classic Truck" series.

PIC Promotional International Company was based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They distributed some of High Speeds friction pull back series as "Diecast Road Truck".

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.

Toys & More Trading Company was based in Markham, Ontario, Canada. They issued High Speed made castings as their "Speed Engine" series.

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 a big rig set called "Mega Fleet".

At the end of 2004, their Kenworth and Great Dane tractor trailer truck models were available from Malibu International as 'Mini Power Minis' under the Model Power brand.

In 2005, they began making a series of castings in 1:64 scale that were marketed under the Malibu International brand. This series parralleled the 1:87 range. Both used the HF#s system 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 consisted of cars used in movies released by 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.

Anther known series name - 'Classics Of Yesteryear'; does not have an information reference that has been found as of yet.

A unspecified relationship with Tintoys is also noted.

Sourced references -
High Speed Metal & Plastic Products Mfg., Co., Ltd. - Hong Kong (China) Manufacturer
High Speed | hobbyDB
Manufacturers list
Encyclopedia of Small-Scale Diecast Motor Vehicle Manufacturers - Sahakangas, Foster & Weber (2006)

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Discussion Starter #2 (Edited)
This weekend, I again picked up with the consolidation of the final few well known name brands from The Diecast Encyclopedia. One of those last 3 is High Speed.

As before, this primarily concerns cross linking associations to High Speed from other makers, marketers and distributors included in The Diecast Encyclopedia and other resources, but not within the High Speed section of the encyclopedia entry itself. Some of those are included in the 'See also... brand name listings, but not all. Most of them also do not have a known (established) date range for their business dealings with High Speed.

Each of those are now cross linked; as above, and here at HobbyTalk within their own diecast brands forum section - except for their "Classics of Yesteryear" named series and their association with Tintoys. Examples of these two series are especially needed, but any casting - being it loose or still carded - can be added here to further extend the diecast archives for our High Speed diecast following.
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