1970 Hot Wheels Sizzlers Laguna Oval Set

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.

Instructions – front page. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – steps 1 through 5. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – steps 6 & 7. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – step 8. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – last page. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

On the track: here’s a 1970 Hot Wheels Sizzlers Firebird Trans-Am running the oval.

Up the first trestle.

Into the first curve.

Over the second trestle.

Racing past the Juice Machine and into the second curve.

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.

1970 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Laguna Oval from 1970 Hot Wheels Racing World  magazine.

Laguna Oval from 1970 Hot Wheels Racing World magazine. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art – front.

Box art – side.

Box art – side. Close up of 1970 cars.

Box art – back.

European releases.

Circuito Indianapolis. The basic Sizzlers set in Italy. Courtesy eBay.

Ciruito Indianapolis. Box art side. Courtesy eBay.

Circuito Indianapolis. Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

This version has a battery powered Power Pak charger and a lap counter. Courtesy eBay.

The Circuito Daytona version has a battery powered Power Pak charger and a lap counter. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

The basic Sizzlers set in the UK. Courtesy eBay.

Japanese release using 90 degree curves.

One of the basic Sizzlers sets in Japan. Courtesy eBay.

Japan’s “Hot Circuit Set”. Box art – side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

1970 Sizzlers ads.

Sizzlers photo ad. Courtesy eBay.

Sizzlers art ad. Courtesy eBay.

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2 thoughts on “1970 Hot Wheels Sizzlers Laguna Oval Set

  1. Those were the days of wonderful toys…!
    I just to have one of this sets in Mexico in 1973 (I was 10) made by CIPSA in Mexico and of course I was the luckiest kid in that christmas.

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