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Mego introduced the "Jet Wheel" or "Jet" cars in the late 1960s. The (4) former AMT "Pups" castings added were the Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Charger, Ford Mustang and Mercury Cougar. New castings added by Mego included the Chevrolette Corvette, Chevrolette Corvair, Buick Riviera and AMC AMX. The wheels on all of these castings where changed from the heavy axle design - similar to Matchbox's "regular wheels" to the Mego "speed wheels" type. New metal baseplates were used on all models and identified them as "Jet Wheel". Mego also included (8) F-1 open wheel race car models. These castings were from the original Penny line up. They had driver figures behind the steering wheel. Production of all Mego castings occured in Hong Kong. (One resource notes this to be only for the replicas. Do the Corvette, Corvair, Riviera and AMC AMX have a different country of origin on them(?) Packaging for both series was in a clear plastic garage - attached to a card back. Both the name "Jet Wheels" or "Jets" appeared on the packaging. An available track set included one car in the garage and 10' of orange track. This windowbox packaging style stated "Hi-Speed Wheels Jet Car" and "Speed 10 ft. Track".

In the late 1970s, Mego introduced a line of friction pull back cars called "Speed Burners". These castings were fitted with low friction rubber tires and plastic chrome plated bases. A track set called "Pretzel Twister" was also issued during this production time.

In 1981, the "Credit Car Racers" series was offered that required one to 'push card in for power credit'

Mego ceased operations in 1982.

Only the street car models from the Jet Wheel seires and not the F1 racers were also issued as Tuffy by the York Toy Co located in Pennsylvania.


Jet Wheels aka Jet Series

AMC AMX
Riviera
Chevrolet Camaro
Corvair
Corvette
1968 Charger
Ford Mustang
Torino (Tuffy)
68 Cougar
1969 Bonneville (Catalina) (Tuffy and Super Speedys)


F1 Series

BRMH 16
Cooper Masrerati
Eagle
Ferrari
Ferrari 36V
Honda V12
Lola Climax
Lotus Climax


Speed Burners Series


Credit Car Racers Series




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http://www.angelfire.com/oh3/crazycars/jetwheels.html
https://www.hobbydb.com/subjects/amt-pups-series
https://www.hobbydb.com/subjects/mego-brand
Encyclopedia of Small-Scale Diecast Motor Vehicle Manufacturers - Sahakangas, Foster & Weber (2006)
 
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