Tough Customer Description
Mattel introduced the Tough Customer in 1975. This was the first year military vehicles were released. The early version is the only tank to have the name cast into the base "Tough Customer". It is based on the M60A1 Main Battle Tank.
"Can you name 6 Redline Hot wheels that never had redlines? This is one. Two are the same cast with different names.and the other two are released the same year as the Tough Customer. Last one is a year later."
Tough Customer 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|
|1975||Flying Colors||Shiny Olive||White "Army" tampo on top||Olive / Plastic||None||None||Has small, hidden rollers||7655||Hong Kong||Tough Customer on base|
|1977||Flying Colors||dull Olive||White "Army" tampo on top||Olive / Plastic||None||None||Has small, hidden rollers||7655||Hong Kong||blank name|
|489||1996||1996 Hot Wheels||Metalflake Purple & Flat Black||Silver HW logo & 'Night Force' on rear||Black / Plastic||None||None||Black MGW||16309||China|
Similar Castings and Names
1985 Action Command