Tyco California Classics is a Magnum 440-X2 slot car racing set based around 60’s hotrods that was released into the US, UK, and other markets worldwide in 1990.
California Classics is a straightforward beginners slot car set with a figure 8 track, and two popular hot rod style slot cars.
Apart from the cars, the set features an included ‘Grand Stand’ cardboard model which can be assembled and placed track side, plus a cut-off track which will ensure one car is thrown off the track if both cars are racing side-by-side over it.
The product ships with the following vehicles:
- 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air (Red, Orange, Yellow)
- 1958 Ford ‘California Kid’ (Black with flames on front)
The cars are typically well detailed, though the scale does look a bit off when they’re side by side due to the need to fit the standard magnum 440-X2 wheelbase.
With a simple Figure 8 track that’s 8.5 foot total, there’s not much to say about California Classic’s track layout, other than it having the included Cut-Off Track. Certainly you’d want to be buying another track set to add-on to this one, doubling the length ideally, adding a longer straight and wider variety of turns, but as a beginners set it’s plenty to get you started.
Availability and Collectability
Let’s face it – it’s a simple track without anything really stand-out, but in its simplicity and inoffensive subject matter it’s a solid collectable. It has two pretty sweet looking hotrod 440-X2 cars, and a constructable grandstand model that all together make a nice addition to any collection.
This set is widely available on eBay for a reasonable price, many in fairly good condition so it shouldn’t be hard to come across a nice one.