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  • Corgi jr - Hot Wheels Jaguar XJR-9

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    A respectable model of the chassis that won the 1988 Le Mans race, originally issued by Corgi jr. They also made a larger scale version.

    Before I first learned of the Corgi jr - Hot Wheels connection, I had already purchased a number of models released in the US on mainline cards. Completely oblivious to the small scale Corgis at the time, I wasn't aware at that moment of the shared history between the two companies.

    In a time before the widespread civilian use of the internet (how many here remember such a time?), while pouring over the latest issue of Tomart's Price Guide I found an image of this Jaguar racer and knew I had to get one for my collection. That is when I learned of the 1997 European segment release on short cards not issued in the US. Bummer...on the one hand, because it meant it would be a challenge to find one. On the other hand, it opened my eyes and broadened my diecast horizon and introduced me to another storied brand with a long history. And so began my journey into Corgi jr, and my fascination with the blending of Corgi jr with Hot Wheels in the mid 1990s, which effectively ended the Corgi jr line.

    And it only took me about 12 years to find a copy of this model to add to my collection.
    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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    There was Tomart's price guide and one of the Hot Wheels Club newsletters that made me aware of these neat Jaguar race cars. I recall there were ads in the newsletter which is where I was able to get a couple of the Jags from. Fun times long before the internet - yes, I do remember those days and the "basic trust" we had in buying models without seeing actual pictures of what the person was selling.

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    • #3
      Nice piece! Last year, I picked up the blue one in an HW livery from a member here's sale. I also have the dump truck that is also an ex-Corgi. But I think that's it.

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      • #4
        I only have the dark red "Jaguar 6" version - but like all shown in your post. I've never seen any of the others in my travels- must be somewhat scarce.

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        • #5
          Very cool, will have to keep an eye out for that one.

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          • #6
            It's possible I have the HWs deco one in an Auto City set, but can't remember for sure.

            I still have my Tomart's guide sitting right atop my computer desk with other diecast guides, I used to spend time in those guides for long periods, now it seems only occasionally to look something up, not sure the last time I'd looked through the Tomart's, although it is an earlier 2nd edition from back in 1997, so later stuff isn't listed there, but still a great resource for earlier model issues.
            Doug

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            • #7
              Wes,your 4 pack is out standing...the smoking ghost is a long hunt unless you have deep pockets.so i can understand why it took 12 years to get one.

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