Casting : Jet Threat (Shell)
Years of Production:
Country of Origin:
Paint Colors and Variations:
|Shell Metal Flake Green
||Hardest to find
Interior is part of the casting
Other versions of same Casting:
1971 Jet Threat
1976 Jet Threat 2
CIPSA Jet Threat
The Jet Threat was designed by Larry Wood and was first issued in the 1971 product line.
The casting is characterized by the sweeping body lines and the large combustion turbine.
It was modified and re-issued as one of the castings selected for the Shell Oil Promo of 1973.
1971 Jet Threat vs. 1973 Shell Promo Jet Threat
The Spectraflame era release has a hinged cover on the top of the engine which opens to reveal
the orange plastic turbine rotor. As part of the rework for the release of the 1973 Shell Promo series, the engine
was re-tooled to eliminate the hinged action of the engine cover.
The '73 Jet Threat was made only in Hong Kong. No casting variations are known.
The plastic canopy cover usually has a bluish green tint but clear ones are known.
1971 Jet Threat vs. 1973 Shell Promo Jet Threat Bases
The base was modified to accommodate the changed to "through hole" style wheels, adding crush protectors in the rear and anti-rub "nibs" to the front and rear.
The '73 Jet Threat was produced in seven colors (Foam Green not shown)
The normal packaging for the Shell promotion was a single car in a clear plastic baggie
with a blue header card. Surplus stock was later found in stores in a two pack baggie and at
least one Shell Jet Threat has been found in a '73 Blister Pack.
Shell Promo Baggies
Three examples of the Shell Baggie promotional pieces, including the very rare sea foam green.
Baggie Two Pack
Excess stock from the promo was repackaged and sold in some stores.
A squadron of Enamel Jet Threats
A rainbow of enamels including two non production colors; peach and orange.
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