The 1991 Hess Toy Truck – Hess Truck and Racer has been part of a holiday tradition that has continued for more than forty years. The first Hess Toy Truck was sold in Hess gas stations all around America in 1964. Each year, Hess fans wait in suspense for the Hess Float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade to see the unveiling of the newest Hess model.
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The miniature tankers were made to resemble exact replicas of the actual Hess Tanker trucks, until 1987 when the model colors were changed to the iconic green and white that collectors have come to know and love. The intricately crafted trucks come packaged beautifully in a green and red box, and the range of features such as the working lights, sirens, and horns delight children and adults alike. Some of the trucks have even featured coin sized slots so that the truck may function as a “piggy bank” as well.
Holiday Debut of the Hess Truck and Racer
Since 1987, Hess has added non-fleet vehicles to the collection such as airplanes, helicopters, and police cars to name a few. Of particular interest to collectors is the 1991 addition, the Hess Toy Truck and Racer. This popular collector’s item features a white and green Transporter truck with a race car in tow. The Hess Truck and Racer made it’s debut just in time for Christmas, and the packaging reflects the festivities with wreaths and snow covering a cozy Hess gas station.
Hess Truck and Racer Features
The Toy Truck and Racer features working head and tail lights, and the racer has a friction motor with a continuous rolling action, making it especially fun for children to play with. The race car that is being transported by the toy truck bears a strong resemblance to a Lamborghini. The lights on the truck are white, amber and red, and the wheels are also enhanced with the same red shade. The Hess traditionally has included doors that actually open and shut as well, making their collector’s item trucks as realistic as possible. For a final touch of detail, the Toy Truck includes a license plate bearing the words “HESS 1991.”
Collectors Piece or Toy: The Versatility of the Toy Truck and Racer
Although most Hess aficionados today would rather keep their Hess trucks in mint condition, the 1991 Hess Toy Truck and Racer is still quite durable for the young enthusiast, and can withstand years of wear and tear. The nostalgic Hess trucks have made a comeback and have gained renewed popularity among today’s children as parents desire toys of substance for their children that can be passed down as endearing keepsakes one day. However, there are those who prefer to keep their collection of Hess trucks in mint condition.
Regardless of how the truck is used, whether it is a collector’s piece or a beloved toy, the 1991 Hess Toy Truck and Racer displays a striking attention to detail that will continue to endear both devoted collectors and delight children for years to come.