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Diecasts models first appeared with an 'HW' prefixed base plate number and later with a stylized 'HW' logo on the base. Many castings are similiar to previously issued Corgi, Matchbox and Universal models. The Universal models had 'LB' prefixed numbers on their bases.

A friction pull back type series with packaging label with 'HW' and called "Speed Racer" was also available. An example of the Tara 87 is a unique small scale casting example and very hard to find.

'HW' castings were available thru many different sources - ESKO, Ja-RU, Pic 'N' Save and Sze Toy are a few. Golden Wheel also distributed them.

Sourced references -

Encyclopedia of Small-Scale Diecast Motor Vehicle Manufacturers - Sahakangas, Foster & Weber (2006)
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