Johnny Lightning is a brand of model cars originally produced by Topper Toys, similar to the hugely successful Mattel Hot Wheels die cast racing cars. Their claim to fame at that time was that they were extremely fast compared to other brands of die-cast cars. Their most important technology was to mold in a small hook under the front axle so that they could be propelled by a lever-driven catapult, far faster than could be obtained by either gravity, or battery powered "supercharger" devices. Topper closed in 1971 and production of Johnny Lightning cars ceased for 23 years.

Johnny Lightning (now a subsidiary of Playing Mantis) is a company primarily known for their die-cast collectible cars. They have also produced several small plastic representations of Star Trek vessels, entitled "Legends of Star Trek", since 2004.


Johnny Lightning value

What's it worth? Take a look at this Johnny Lightning price guide: sold listings for a value indication.

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Stan - June 7, 2018

i have several johnny lighting cars and would like to know where i can find out what they are worth thankyou

Willard - December 10, 2010

would like magazines and price list of ur stock and interested in milatary,trains toys please
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Jimmy - August 15, 2010

I have purchased a Johnny Retro R5 #3 '70 Chevy Chevelle SS.The package is referencing it as a 1970 but the body style is of a 71 or 72, It has single head lights and 4 round taillamps a 1970 would have 4 headlamps and 2 rectangular tailamps. Is this a packaging error?