The 1988 Hess Toy Truck Car Transporter and Racer is a must-have for any collection. 1988 was a year full of firsts for Hess Trucks, this particular model is a crowned jewel for any toy collector who enjoys beautifully crafted cars and trucks. The 1988 Race Car Transporter was the first of many outstanding multi-vehicle releases. The truck and race car combination seen in this particular model would go on to be repeated time and time again for many years after its original release. In addition to being the first year that the multi-vehicle combination was release, it was also the first year the the release date was printed on the truck as a marker plate for identification.
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This truck is actually two toys in one. The initial toy is a transporter truck in white and green that features the Hess Gasoline text and green pin striping. The fenders are also the same shade of green and the detail work along the truck gleams like clean chrome. The racer is actually a small friction-powered race car. True to form it is also white and green with the Hess Gasoline text and a sharp looking green spoiler to match. The most stunning feature is the genius method of adding the release date to the license plate. A final fantastic feature that cannot be overlooked is the working lights found on the 1988 Race Car Transporter, that is sure to have collectors of all types grinning with satisfaction. Both vehicles are expertly matched and signify a great era in toy vehicle releases.
True to its form, the 1988 Race car transporter came from a line of Hess trucks, which incidentally were the first toy trucks to ever have working lights and sound and the first among the many to be battery operated. Hess Trucks normally released their new models around Thanksgiving, so it is not uncommon to see festive ads or packaging on their toy trucks’ packagings. Hess has long since made a definite and well-known name for itself where collectibles are concerned and the impressive and iconic 1988 Hess Toy Truck Transporter and Racer is a must-have for toy collectors around the world.