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Tail Dragger
Debut Series First Editions
Produced 1998 - Present
Designer Gary Saffer
Number 18846
Tail Dragger Prp.JPG



Description

The Tail Dragger is a Hot Wheels casting which debuted in the 1998 First Editions Series. It is based on a custom 1941 Ford Coupe with custom bodywork and side exhaust pipes.

The Tail Dragger is known for being very heavy due to its metal base. It is not recommended for use on Hot Wheels playsets as its weight and low ground clearance makes it difficult to climb steep slopes or go around loops.

Versions

The Tail Dragger has come out in the following versions:

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
659 1998 First Editions
24/40
Metalflake Purple Blue & Light Purple, pinstripes, Blue "Hot Wheels" logo Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear White LW 18846 Malaysia Tail Dragger Prp.JPG
1999 12th Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Convention Black White roof, Yellow Flames on sides, Convention Logo on Hood Gold
/
Metal
Tinted (Gray) Purple White Wall DDRR 21423 Malaysia 20181229 135602.jpg
1999 12th Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Convention Yellow Red Scallops on Front, Convention Logo on Hood Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear Black LW 20650 Malaysia Tail Dragger 1999 - 12th Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Convention - Yellow.jpg
954 1999 Pinstripe Power
2/4
Black Gold & Pink, pinstripes, Pink "Hot Wheels" logo Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear Tan LW 21302 Malaysia Tail Dragger Blk.JPG
1999 Cop Rods White & Black Blue Flames & 'Bakersfield Police' & '27' on Roof Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Gray) Black DDRR 23438 Malaysia Tail-dragger-cop-rods.jpg
1999 Holiday Series: Hot Wheels Holiday Past (Millennium Edition)
1/3
Spectraflame Red Wreath on Hood, White & Gold Scallops on Fenders, Gold Snowflakes all Over Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear Green Chrome Green, White-Wall DDRR 23387 China Ski's on Roof & Santa hanging out side window Tail Dragger 1999 - Holiday Series - Hot Wheels Holiday Past.jpg
1999 Lexmark Promotional Black Blue, Red & Yellow Stripe on Hood & Side & Lexmark Logos Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear White White 'Goodyear' TRR 23536 Malaysia 10,000 Produced Tail Dragger 1999 - Lexmark Promotional.jpg
1999 White's Guide Exclusive Blue Yellow Flames on Front & 'Whites Guide' Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear White DDRR 26152 Malaysia 12,500 Produced Ford 1941 coupe - Tail Dragger - White's Guide Exclusive 1999 Blue.jpg
1999 White's Guide Exclusive White Pink Scallops on Front & 'Whites Guide' Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear Black DDRR 26293 Malaysia 12,500 Produced R10.JPG
1999 Firebird Raceway Exclusive Metallic Red w/ White Roof Yellow Flames on Front & 'Flame Dragger' Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Blue) White DDRR 26225 Malaysia 15,000 Produced Tail-Dragger La-Rocca.jpg
1999 Jiffy Lube Exclusive White Red Flames on Front Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear Red White wall DDRR 23534 Malaysia 25,000 Produced G17 Hot Wheels Tail Dragger 1999 Jiffy Lube Promotional 1941 Ford Coupe
1999 Early Times Car Club: 30th Annual Mid Winter Rod Run Red Yellow Scallops on Front, 'Early Times' on Roof, 'Mid Winter Rod Run' on Trunk Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear White DDRR 22487 Malaysia Image Not Available.jpg
2000 Puerto Rico White Red & Blue Flames all Over, 'Puerto Rico' on Side Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear White Gold LW 29381 Thailand Tail Dragger - 00 Puerto Rico.jpg
07
/
250
2000 Hot Rod Magazine
2/4
Pearl White Black & Orange flames Silver
/
Metal
Tinted (Orange) Purple LW Gold 26018 Malaysia Possible Variation: Unpainted Base Tail Dragger Wht.JPG
239
/
250
2000 Mainline Metallic Blue Blue & Silver hood & side deco Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Blue) Grey 3SP 29295 Thailand or Malaysia Tail Dragger blue metallic 2000.JPG
2000 Ames Cruise Night 4-Car Set Pearl Orange Purple & Green Graphics. Black Grill. Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Green) White LW Gold 27795 Malaysia Ames Exclusive Tail Dragger - 00 Ames Cruise Night Set.jpg
2001 Fire Rods Dark Red & White Flaming, Black Strip & New Orleans Fire Dept. logo Flat Gold
/
Metal
Tinted (Yellow) Black Gold WLRR Thailand Taildragger.fire.jpg
2001 Fred Meyer Promotional Card White Grey, Black & Blue flames Black
/
Metal
Tinted (Gray) Black LW 54901 Malaysia Kroger Exclusive Tail Dragger WhtBlk.JPG
78
/
240
2001 Monsters
2/4
Metalflake Blue Black, Yellow, Red & Gray tampos, "Zombie Attack" on roof Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Red) White LW 50116 Malaysia Grille & Sidepipes are part of base Tail Dragger Blu.JPG
2001 Pro Racing
1/12
Dark Blue Hot Wheels "44" Deco Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Blue) White LW 29506 Thailand Tail Dragger - 01HWR 01.jpg
2001 Pro Racing
2/12
Yellow & Black Caterpillar on sides, CAT on hood & trunk, '22' on sides & roof Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Gray) White LW 29629 Thailand Tail Dragger - 01HWR 02.jpg
2001 Pro Racing
3/12
Blue Square D logo on hood, 'Square D' on trunk, '55' on sides & roof, 'Cooper Lighting' on sides Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Gray) Black LW 50395 Thailand Tail Dragger - 01HWR 03.jpg
2001 Pro Racing
4/12
Yellow & Red White hood, Kellog's Cereal on sides & hood, '5' on sides & roof, Advance Auto Parts on trunk Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Gray) White LW 50391 Thailand Tail Dragger - 01HWR 04.jpg
2001 Pro Racing
5/12
White & Blue Red & White stripes, Pegasus logo on sides, Mobil 1 on hood, '12' on sides & roof, 'Speedpass' on trunk Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Gray) Red LW 50392 Thailand Tail Dragger - 01HWR 05.jpg
2001 Pro Racing
6/12
Light Blue Cheerios, STP logo on sides & hood, '43' on sides & roof, Betty Crocker logo on trunk Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Blue) White LW 29631 Thailand Tail dragger STP.jpg
2001 Pro Racing
7/12
Red Silver & Black stripe, Sprint on sides, hood, & trunk, '45' on sides & roof, Sprint PCS on trunk Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Gray) White LW 50276 Thailand Tail Dragger - 01HWR 07.jpg
2001 Pro Racing
8/12
White Red stripe on sides, Valvoline on sides & hood, Valvoline logo on hood, '6' on sides & roof, 'Cummins' on trunk Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Gray) White LW 50388 Thailand Tail Dragger - 01HWR 08.jpg
2001 Pro Racing
9/12
White/Black Exide on sides & hood, '99' on sides & roof, 'CR Chicgao Rawhide' & 'SKF' on trunk Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Gray) White LW 50389 Thailand Tail Dragger - 01HWR 09.jpg
2001 Pro Racing
10/12
Dark Blue Oakwood Homes on sides & hood, '33' on sides & roof, Schult logo on trunk Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Blue) White LW 50393 Thailand Tail Dragger - 01HWR 10.jpg
2001 Pro Racing
11/12
Black NationsRent logo on hood, '7' on sides & roof, 'Phillips Light Bulbs' on sides, Phillips Halogen on trunk Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear White LW 50394 Thailand Tail Dragger - 01HWR 11.jpg
2001 Pro Racing
12/12
Yellow & Black Dewalt on sides & hood, '17' on sides & roof, 'Guaranteed Tough' on trunk Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Gray) White LW 50390 Thailand Tail Dragger 2001 Pro Racing DeWalt 17.jpg
10
/
240
2002 Treasure Hunt
10/12
Metalflake Purple Black, White & Blue; TH logo on sides Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Blue) White CDDRR 54330 Malaysia Tail Dragger - 02TH.jpg
5pk 2003 T-Wrecks 5-Pack Black Red Flames, Beige Stegosaurus & Black Hot Wheels Logo on Side Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Red) Tan LW 57012 China Tail Dragger T-Wrecks 5-Pack 2003.JPG
5pk 2003 T-Wrecks 5-Pack Black Red Flames, Beige Stegosaurus & Black Hot Wheels Logo on Side Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Red) Tan 5SP 57012 China Image Not Available.jpg
2003 Pavement Pounders Red Yellow flames outlined in Black, Black "Hot Wheels" logo Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Gray) Yellow LW 47033 Malaysia Tail Dragger - 03 Pavement Pounders.jpg
2003 Halloween Highway Light Blue Fullmoona Leeza's drive-in decals Gold
/
Metal
Tinted (Yellow) Black Gold 5DOT 54320 Malaysia Tail Dragger - 03 Halloween Highway.jpg
2003 100% Preferred: Street Rodder
3/4
Green Silver & Black Stripe on sides, Blue & Yellow pinstripe design on hood Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear White RRPrf Malaysia Released as '41 Ford Coupe Taildragger pref green.JPG
2003 100% Preferred: Street Rodder
3/4
Metalflake Red Silver & Black Stripe on sides. Blue & Yellow pinstripe design on hood Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear White RRPrf Malaysia Released as '41 Ford Coupe. Taildragger pref red.JPG
100
/
187
2005 Red Lines
5/5
Pearl Purple Black "Hot Wheels" logo on right rear side Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Gray) Black RL5SP G6827 Malaysia Taildragger.pink.jpg
100
/
187
2005 Red Lines
5/5
Pearl Plum Black "Hot Wheels" logo on right rear side Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Gray) Black RL5SP G6827 China Tail Dragger.100 2005 base china.jpg
100
/
187
2005 Red Lines
5/5
Metalflake Turquoise Black "Hot Wheels" logo Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Gray) Black 5SP G6827 Malaysia Kmart Collector's Day Exclusive Tail Dragger trq.JPG
N/A 2005 Far Out Collectibles Black Yellow, Black & Orange Flames all Over,  Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear Black DDRR H4326 China 5,000 Produced Hot-wheels-ford-tail-dragger-far-out-collectibles-vikingo45-6245-MLA96894741 7916-O.jpg
2007 Classics 3
19/30
Spectraflame Blue Blue & White tampo on hood Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear Black LW L0747 Thailand Chrome fenders Tail Dragger - Classics Blue.jpg
2007 Classics 3
19/30
Spectraflame Gold Brown & White tampo on hood Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear Black LW L0747 Thailand Chrome fenders Tail Dragger - Classics Gold.jpg
2007 Classics 3
19/30
Spectraflame Pink Pink & White tampo on hood Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear Black LW L0747 Thailand Chrome fenders Taildragger classics pink.JPG
2007 Classics 3
19/30
Spectraflame Green Green & White tampo on hood Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear Black LW L0747 Thailand Chrome fenders Taildragger.jpg
2007 Classics 3
19/30
Spectraflame Red Red & White tampo on hood Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear Black LW L0747 Thailand Chrome fenders Tail Dragger - Classics Red.jpg
2007 Holiday Rods
6/6
Gold White & Red flames Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Red) White Redline DDRR L0100 Thailand Santa hanging out drivers side window
Variation: White or Silver Headlights
Taildraggerholidayrodp.JPG
2008 Since '68: Top 40
28/40
White Yellow to Orange to Red flames Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Red) White Redline BW M1552 Thailand Base code(s): Image Not Available.jpg
2008 Since '68: Top 40
28/40
Black Yellow to Orange to Red flames Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Red) White Redline BW N4608 Thailand Base code(s): Tail Dragger - Since 68 Top 40 Set.jpg
157
/
190
2009 Modified Rides
1/10
Dark Blue White & Orange graphics, "Hot Wheels California Collector's Club" Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Blue) White LW P2477 Malaysia Base code(s): Tail Dragger - 09 Modified Rides.jpg
157
/
190
2009 Modified Rides
1/10
Pink Pearl White & Purple graphics, "Hot Wheels California Collector's Club" Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Purple) Purple LW P2477 Malaysia Base code(s): B50 Taildragger Magenta.JPG
2010 Hot Wheels Garage: Wayne's Garage
34/39
Flat Metalflake Dark Gray Red scallop design outlined in Black Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Red) Red White Wall CDDRR T0407 Malaysia Wal-Mart Exclusive
With or Without Initials on Base
Base code(s):
Taildragger WG grey.JPG
2010 Hot Wheels Garage: Wayne's Garage
34/39
Metalflake White Black scallop design outlined in Green Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Green) Dark Gray White Wall CDDRR T0407 Malaysia Wal-Mart Exclusive
With or Without Initials on Base
Base code(s):
Taildragger WG white.JPG
2010 Hot Wheels Garage: Wayne's Garage
34/39
Satin Metalflake Gold Gold scallop design outlined in Silver Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Brown) Black White Wall CDDRR T0407 Malaysia Wal-Mart Exclusive 
With or Without Initials on Base
Base code(s):
TailDragger WG Gold.JPG
98
/
244
2011 Heat Fleet
8/10
Metalflake Green White, Gold & Light Green flames on sides & hood Chrome
/
Plastic
Tinted (Yellow) Gold LW T9805 Malaysia First time with a Plastic Base
Also Found in Mystery Models in Europe
Base code(s): C48, D03, D05
2011HeatFleetTailDraggerGREEN.jpg
98
/
244
2011 Heat Fleet
8/10
Metalflake Purple Purple, Green & Lime Green flames Chrome
/
Plastic
Tinted (Green) Glow-in-the-dark Interior LW V0064 Malaysia Base code(s): D23 2011PurpleTaildragger.jpg
98
/
244
2011 Heat Fleet
8/10
Dark Blue Blue, Orange & White flames Chrome
/
Plastic
Clear Gray Gold Chrome Rim, Black MC5 V5227 Malaysia Variation: Also Found with Black (Chrome Gold Rim) OH5
Base code(s):
Tail Dragger (800x600).jpg
2011 Cars of the Decades
5/32
Metalflake Plum Beige roof, Detailed headlghts, Black & Gold tampos Chrome
/
Plastic
Clear White LW W3986 Malaysia Base code(s): Decades12-TailDragger.jpg
2012 HWC.com Series 11: Real Riders
2/6
Spectraflame Dark Purple Light Purple Pinstripe on Rear Chrome
/
Metal
Clear Light Purple White-Line RRS X0540 China 4,000 Produced
Base code(s):
HWC Series Eleven Real Riders Tail Dragger.jpg
2014 Road Trippin'
7/32
Orange Black Scallops & 'Alien Crossing Ahead' Chrome
/
Plastic
Tinted (Green) Gray Chrome Light Green 5SP BDK92 Malaysia Base code(s): Tail-Dragger-bg.jpg
2016 Camouflage
5/6
Metallic Blue Camouflage & Scallop Graphics Chrome
/
Plastic
Tinted (Green) Black Chrome Green 10SP DFL86 Malaysia Base code(s): Tail Dragger Camo.jpg
2020 Spider-Man: Maximum Venom
5/5
Black Blue & Red stripes, Venoming Doctor Strange logo Yellow 5SP GJV27 Thailand Base code(s): DSCF0351.JPG

2009 card

From the back of the 2009 card:

Born: 1997
Birthplace: El Segundo, CA, USA
Designer: Hot Wheels
Specialty: With side pipes, fender skirts and a V8 engine, this custom ‘40s car was made for draggin’ its tail up and down Main Street.

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