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Mego introduced their "Jet Wheel" or "Jet" cars in the late 1960s. The (4) former AMT "Pups" castings included in the series were the Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Charger, Ford Mustang and Mercury Cougar. New castings added by Mego were 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 base plates were used on all the models which identified them as "Jet Wheel".

Mego also included (8) F-1 open wheel race car models. These castings are said to be copies from the original Penny brand line up of open wheel racers. Models made were the BRMH 16, Cooper Maserati, Eagle, Ferrari, Ferrari 36 V, Honda V12, Lola Climax and Lotus Climax. They each had a driver figure mounted 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 then. What do have the F1 cars have?)

Packaging for both series was in a clear plastic garage - attached to a cardboard 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 window box packaging style also stated 'Hi-Speed Wheels Jet Car' and 'Speed 10 ft. Track' as tag lines.
(Notice is made of the use of "both series" in this information from The Diecast Encyclopedia. Does this mean the F1 Race cars were their own brand or series named product and not actually a part of the Jet line up?)

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 plated plastic bodies. A track set called "Pretzel Twister" was also issued during this production time.

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

Mego ceased operations in 1982.

Only the street car models from the Jet Wheel series and not the F1 racers were also issued as Tuffy by the York Toy Co located in Pennsylvania. (As above, is this because they were a separate series of castings?)


Jet Wheel(s) 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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AMT Pups | hobbyDB
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Encyclopedia of Small-Scale Diecast Motor Vehicle Manufacturers - Sahakangas, Foster & Weber (2006)
 
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