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Looks like the MPC (1/20 scale) Hard Hat Hauler.  There was a 1:1 version that toured the show circuit as a feature car.  Both the kit and 1:1 car had THREE superchargers, stacked vertically.  (Of course three wouldn't work as well as just one, but the car probably didn't run anyway.)  The kit had a big chrome hard hat (similar concept to the Red Baron, with its German helmet).  It also had a "forklift" setup at the front.

MPC issued another, football themed kit (Gridiron Grabber) which used the same basic car but with a football helmet and shoulder pads over the rear tires.  That one had two superchargers on one of those "pyramid" intake manifolds.

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19 minutes ago, Ace-Garageguy said:

I have no clue...but I betcha Mark will know.   :D

He might.  He might identify it as the MPC "Hardhat Hauler"

MPC HARD HAT HAULER 1/20 sealed

It was also reissued back about 20 years ago molded in yellow.

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2 minutes ago, Mark said:

Looks like the MPC (1/20 scale) Hard Hat Hauler.  There was a 1:1 version that toured the show circuit as a feature car.  Both the kit and 1:1 car had THREE superchargers, stacked vertically.  (Of course three wouldn't work as well as just one, but the car probably didn't run anyway.)  The kit had a big chrome hard hat (similar concept to the Red Baron, with its German helmet).  It also had a "forklift" setup at the front.

MPC issued another, football themed kit (Gridiron Grabber) which used the same basic car but with a football helmet and shoulder pads over the rear tires.  That one had two superchargers on one of those "pyramid" intake manifolds.

Ya just beat me to it. LOL. 

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1 minute ago, Can-Con said:

He might.  He might identify it as the MPC "Hardhat Hauler"

MPC HARD HAT HAULER 1/20 sealed

It was also reissued back about 20 years ago molded in yellow.

I'm gonna say that's what it is! thank you!

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The wheel discs had portraits of politicians...Democrats on the left side, Republicans on the right side.  I remember it being promoted as the "Archie Bunker car" for a short time.

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1 minute ago, Mark said:

The wheel discs had portraits of politicians...Democrats on the left side, Republicans on the right side.  I remember it being promoted as the "Archie Bunker car" for a short time.

I remember the 1:1, I figured it was MPC? just couldn't find it. based on pricing, I wish I had the rest of it haha

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I'd imagine a sealed or mint original might have some value, the reissue might turn up cheap on occasion.  I've had an eye open for one, but I'd want it for cheap as I only want the engine for a 1/20 scale funny car.

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16 minutes ago, Mark said:

I'd imagine a sealed or mint original might have some value, the reissue might turn up cheap on occasion.  I've had an eye open for one, but I'd want it for cheap as I only want the engine for a 1/20 scale funny car.

There's a couple on e-bay right now but the asking prices are ridiculous.  

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Asking prices on eBay are pretty much ridiculous for everything...the free listings keep rolling over, some items are out there for a year or more.  Finding the parts I'd like to have aren't a top priority, I'll trip over a built one at a show or in a collection someone I deal with picks up...

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