Zowees were a series of very small Hot Wheels vehicles produced in 1972. There were 8 different vehicles which were originally made for Shell Oil Company as a promotional item which one would receive after fueling up their car, or they could be purchased from the station for $0.49. After the promotion for Shell, slightly different versions of the original eight and an additional six new vehicles were released and were only available through retail shops.

Zowees were made up of a metal piece which made the base and and an engine, to which the plastic body and wheels would clip in to.

List of Zowees

Name Difference Photo: Shell Photo: Retail
Baby Buggy Shell: No Pole

Retail: With Pole

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Beddy Bye Shell: Bed Posts protrude upwards

Retail: Bed Posts are Flushed

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Bumble Seat Shell: No Pole

Retail: With Pole

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Covered Draggin' Shell: No Pole

Retail: With Pole

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Desperado Shell: Small Sombrero

Retail: Large Sombrero

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Diablo Shell: Small Horns

Retail: Large Horns

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Good Knight Shell: Small Ridge on Helmet

Retail: Large Ridge on Helmet

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Red Lighter Shell: Small Dome

Retail: Large Dome

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Fire Truck N/A N/A Image Not Available.jpg
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Notes

  • Some Zowee-like vehicles were produced in the UK and featured bodies with themes specific to the UK, example: Royal Mail Letterbox. It is unknown if these were produced through Mattel.
  • Some of the six 'Retail Only' Zowees use the same metal piece as a Shell Zowee. Example: Shifty has the same base and engine as Desperado.
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