1968 Hot Wheels Stunt Action Set

Covering distance with speed was the focus of the 1968 Strip Action Set, the Drag Race Action Set and the Hot Curves Race Action Set.  Straight forward and to the point.  But Mattel did one more thing in 1968.

They came up with a way to stretch every kids imagination.  Mattel devised a track with a 360 degree loop, a mid section hill, and a jump ramp.  Any one of these track components would have been a hand full for other die cast cars of the time.  But putting all three together in one set had, heretofore, been an impossiblity.  Could even a Hot Wheels car do it?

Track components of the 1968 Stunt Action Set

Those of us who tended not to follow guidelines, took a good, long look at the instruction sheet just to verify that this was for real.

Stunt Action Set instructions – Front Page

“Stunt Action Set instructions – Back Page”

The moment of truth.  The car is at the start.

Powers through the loop.

Hits the apex of the trestle hill.

Jumps a wide ramp.

And…just like in the Strip Action Set…the Hot Wheels car doesn’t just make it to the end, but shoots off the orange track ready to do more.

Wow!  That’s what most of us said the first time we saw it done.

Wow! is right.  The 1968 Hot Wheels Stunt Action Set.

Still fast, still fun.

Here is the link to my YouTube Channel video:

1968 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

From the 1969 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Comic book ad from 1968 featuring the Stunt Action Set on top.

A Stunt Action Set box and track contents. Courtesy eBay

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - end. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – end. Courtesy eBay.

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