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    Probably the most often copied service livery in diecast, the California Highway Patrol...no doubt in part thanks to Broderick Crawford (bonus points if you remember who he was without looking him up on Google or Wiki)

    Golden Wheel hit the Dollar General stores for a couple years in the early '00s, mixed with MotorMax castings, and sold 2 / $1, and I figured the wheels were worth that much at the time. For cheapie wheels they are pretty good, actually. I remember being amazed at the level of detail at the price compared to the HW and Mbx at the time. I bought a lot of them, and still have a lot of them, in their little clear folding boxes. I had no way to know at the time that they would be gone in short order, and I can't think of anything to compare at the price to come along since.
    Last edited by jt3; 09-18-2021, 08:22 AM.
    The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

    Thank you for your understanding.

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    Ten Four! I grew up with Chief Dan Matthews/Broderick Crawford with Highway Patrol being one of my favorite TV shows. I recall the thrill of finding the Golden Wheel CHP models years ago.

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    • #3
      After seeing all the nice emergency (and civilian) emergency vehicles that Golden Wheel did, and what they're selling for on the secondary market, I regret not buying more of those at 50 cents a pop. I got two Golden Wheels and three Motor Max as a kid.
      Last edited by cody6268; 09-18-2021, 10:40 AM.

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      • #4
        The casting for the price point with clear glass and interior is pretty good. As a former owner of a '96 Aero Crown Vic I can assure though this is no newer than a '97 model year. Vics didn't adopt the solid c-pillar till the refresh in 1998 model year. The Golden Wheels model likely represents a '95-'97 as Ford redid the grill to an 6 slot and the rear tail lights were revised.

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        • #5
          Good to know!
          The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

          Thank you for your understanding.

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          • #6
            Not bad for the era it was made in! Oh, hey! Isn't this Golden Wheel casting a copy of the old Matchbox 90's Ford CVPI casting as well?

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            • #7
              Those Golden Wheels of that era were great castings and the kind of models I wish we still came across in stores. To bad the line don’t carry on as it had a lot of great emergency vehicles in it.

              “Highway Patrol” probably played a part but the cars on that show had a generic shield and did not have the star and arched Highway Patrol like the real CHP units. I always attributed “CHiPs” with some of the impact as I recall much commercial promotion of that series.

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