BEVs, Battery Electric Vehicles, are entering today’s automotive mainstream in increasing numbers. Tesla, Ford and Nissan are some of the better known manufacturers of this type of car today.
But more than 40 years ago, Mattel was cranking out BEVs at a rapid pace. Using GE technology for the battery (NiCad: Nickel Cadmium), Japanese precision for the electric motor and Mexican industry for plastic chassis and body construction, Mattel came up with rechargeable, free-wheeling Sizzlers.
The original Sizzlers cars could be fully charged in 90 seconds with a Juice Machine (battery powered) or a Power Pit (wall plug in). These cars typically ran for 3 to 5 minutes. And Mattel gave them lots of orange track to run on during the first year.
The basic Sizzlers layout is the Laguna Oval Set. It comes with 16 feet of orange track, 7 joiners, 2 full curves, 2 trestles, and 1 Juice Machine.
Here’s the instructions.
On the track: here’s a 1970 Hot Wheels Sizzlers Firebird Trans-Am running the oval.
Here’s my video of the Laguna Oval Set in action.
So there you have it.
The 1970 Hot Wheels Sizzlers Laguna Oval Set.
It’s still fast. Still fun.
Japanese release using 90 degree curves.
1970 Sizzlers ads.