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'Vette Van
Debut Series HiRakers
Produced 1980 - 1983
Designer Larry Wood
Number 1135
Vette Van BLk


Description

The 'Vette Van is a Hot Wheels casting designed by Larry Wood. The name implies that Larry Wood took the Corvette as a source of inspiration, but Mattel/he has stated that the casting is based on an MPC 1/25th scale model kit called the Vette Van..

The model kit was most likely inspired by the conversion kits available from Ecklers for the later era C3 Corvette body style with a fixed rear window. Later on Greenwood worked with Ecklers to develop a modified conversion kit for the earlier C3 models with removable rear windows. Together they often referred to as the Shooting Brake Corvettes and can still be occasionally found 'up for sale' among their other Corvette cousins.

The Corvette design cues can be seen in the front nose details. On the hood with its iconic hidden headlights and the shortened cold air intake design at the base of the window. Along the curved front and rear fender arches. And at the front of the roof line you can see the classic Corvette T-top design with its roof panels out. At the rear end of the model the 4 round frenched taillights catch the eye and say Corvette to everyone it passes. There is a huge gas tank you can see in the back window. Letting this van always got some miles ahead of everyone else. A battery is mounted to the right side of the gas tank. The big block engine is also mounted inside the van portion of the casting just behind the front seats so that it matches up to the side exhaust tips.. Making this a mid-engined 'Vette Van.

As this diecast model is also from the Hi-Rakers series , the rear wheel sets are attached to an adjustable plastic base insert. This allows the rear end to be be raised or lowered to 3 different height positions.

The 'Vette Van is also released as Iron Man, in the 1981 The Heroes .

Versions

The 'Vette Van has come out in the following versions:

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes Photo
- 1980 1980 Hot Wheels HiRakers Black White, Red, Yellow, "Vette Van" Unpainted / Metal Clear Tan BW 1135 Hong Kong Vette Van - 6978df
- 1981 1981 Hot Wheels The Heroes White Black, Red and Yellow, "Iron Man" tampos on sides Unpainted / Metal Grey tint Tan BW 3301 Hong Kong Known as "Iron Man" for this release Iron Man Tan
- 1982 1982 Hot Wheels HiRakers Red Yellow, White & Dark Blue ribbons on sides Unpainted / Metal Clear Tan BW 1135 Malaysia Vette Van Red
- 1982 1982 Hot Wheels HiRakers Red Yellow, White & Dark Blue ribbons on sides Unpainted / Metal Clear Tan BW 1135 Hong Kong Same as above, different base 'Vette Van package front
- 1982 1982 Hot Wheels HiRakers Black "Vette Van" tampos on sides Unpainted / Metal Clear Tan BW 1135 Malaysia Vette Van BLk
- 1982 1982 Hot Wheels The Heroes White Black, Red and Yellow, "Iron Man" tampos on sides Unpainted / Metal Grey tint Red BW 3301 Malaysia Known as "Iron Man" for this release Iron Man Red
- 1983 1983 Hot Wheels Speed Machines Dark Pink Yellow, White, Orange ribbon tampos on sides Gray / Plastic Clear Tan BW 1135 Malaysia Vette Van Pnk

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