Hess Truck Descriptions - By Year


1964/5 Hess Tanker Truck (B-Mack w/funnel)

Original Cost: $1.29 - $1.39
# Manufactured: 150,000

This truck is the first in the Hess holiday series of toys. It is modeled after a Mack B-61 tanker truck. This truck has a very unique feature not found in any of the other Hess trucks - It comes with a funnel which you can use to fill the tanker with water (or any other liquid if you so desire). The water then can be released through the attached delivery hose. This truck is smaller than the other semi tanker trucks in the series, measuring just over 12" from bumper to bumper. The truck has head and tail lights which are operated by a switch at the rear of the cab. The box is of the 2-piece variety featuring refinery and service station scenes and is colored green, white, and yellow. The bottom half of the box is solid green. It comes with a detailed instruction card showing how to operate this wonderful toy. The same truck was reissued in 1965. This truck has become a very rare a sought after collectable. A mint condition truck and box is today worth in the neighborhood of $2000 - Not bad for a $1.39 investment over 30 years ago.



1966 Hess Voyager Tanker Ship

Original Cost: $1.89
# Manufactured: 150,000

This is a very nice replica of an actual Hess tanker ship. It is the only boat issued in the Hess holiday series of toys, which makes it a must for the serious Hess collector. It has white bow and stern light, and red and green port and starboard lights. This is the longest of all the Hess toys measuring 18 inches. One problem with this toy is it has many little pieces (anchors, flags, radar, masts, propellers) which are very easily broken. This makes a truly "Mint" Voyager Ship a very rare and extremely valuable piece. I have heard that this toy actually floats and was designed to be used in water. It came with one of the more colorful boxes with a multitude of pictures including refinery, service station, and home delivery scenes. The box includes a misleading statement - it says "made in USA" but the toy was actually made in Hong Kong. It comes with an instruction card which is colored in the same blue as the box bottom.



1967 Split Window Tanker w/ Red Velvet Base

Original Cost: $1.99
# Manufactured: ??????

This truck is the only one in the Hess series of holiday toys that came with a display base. This truck is referred to as the "Red Velvet" because of this very attractive base. I wish all of the Hess Trucks came with a display base like this. The truck is a split window tractor w/ a fuel oil tanker. It is very similar to the 1968, 1969, 1972, 1974. The tanker comes with a removable hose, but it cannot be filled with water like the 1964/5. The tank says "FUEL OILS" on the passanger side, and "GASOLINE" on the driver's side. The Hess company logo is on the back and rear sides of the trailer, and on the cab doors. The truck ismostly dark green, with white, red, and yellow accents. It has working head and tail lights operated by a switch on the underside of the tanker. It came with a card which states, "The battery is already installed for you convenience". The box is not a colorful as the 1964/5 or the 1966 and has pictures of the truck and of Hess service stations. This truck is also a rare and valuable find.




1968 Split Window Semi Tanker (Perth Amboy)

Original Cost: $1.49
# Manufactured: 250,000

This truck is almost identical to the 1967. The major difference is the "GASOLINE" & "FUEL OILS" decals are on opposite sides now. "FUEL OILS" is now on the driver's side of the trailer and "GASOLINE" is now on the passenger side. Another difference is the Marx Toy Company logo is on the battery cover of the 1968. Also, the 1968 did not come with an instruction card like the 1967 did. The biggest difference is in the box - the nice red velvet base is gone - never to return again in any future Hess toys. The only way I know of to differentiate the 1968 from the 1969 is on the 1968 the box says "Home Office: Perth Amboy, New Jersey" while the 1969 says "Home Office: Woodbridge, New Jersey"



1969 Split Window Semi Tanker (Woodbridge)

Original Cost: $1.49
# Manufactured: 250,000

This truck is 100% identical to the 1968. The only way I know of to differentiate the 1968 from the 1969 is on the 1968 the box says "Home Office: Perth Amboy, New Jersey" while the 1969 says "Home Office: Woodbridge, New Jersey"



1969 Split Window Tanker (Amerada Hess - Special Issue - Not available to the public)

Original Cost: Free
# Manufactured: 10,000

This is one of the rarest trucks in the Hess collection. It was only given to Hess employees as a promotion to announce the new company name. In 1969 the Hess Oil and Chemical Corporation merged with Amerada Petroleum Corporation. The new name became the Amerada Hess Corporation with the Hess Oil and Chemical Company becoming a division. This truck is identical to the 1968/9 with the exception of the decals on the side of the trailer changing. "FUEL OILS" & "GASOLINE" moved from the front to the rear side of the tank, and "AMERADA HESS" is on the front sides of the tank. Also, the (2) Hess logos on the sides of the cab doors were removed. The pictures on the box changed to reflect the new truck.



1970/1 Hess Red Pumper Firetruck

Original Cost: $1.69
# Manufactured: 300,000

This firetruck is a replica of an actual firetruck used at the Hess refinery in Port Reading, NJ. It is all red with lots of chrome. Unlike the other trucks in the series, this firetruck only has one light - a red emergency light that rotates on the top of the cab. The light is rotated using a small battery operated electric motor. With the exception of the helicopter on the 1995, this is the only Hess truck to use an electric motor. The firetruck is approximately 11" long and comes with a detachable 2-piece ladder that hangs on one side of the truck and 2 rubber hoses on the other side. Up top is a swiveling water cannon. Unlike the 1986 & 1989 Firetrucks, this one is not a bank. The box features pictures of the truck and comes with an instruction card. This truck is not only sought after by Hess Toy truck collectors, but also by toy & model firetruck collectors.



1971 Hess Red Pumper Firetruck (Seasons Greetings Box)

Original Cost: $1.69
# Manufactured: 10,000

Towards the end of the manufacturing production run of this firetruck, Marx Toys ran out of boxes before they ran out of trucks. Because of this, they put the trucks in a plain cardboard box and slapped a "Hess Seasons Greetings" sticker on it. This box is no where near as attractive as the original box, but because of the rarity of it, a truck w/ this box is worth a lot more. Originally some customers which ended up with this box were upset. Little did they know that its value would be approximately (3) times the value of the original box. The truck is identical no matter which box it came in.



1972 Hess Split Window Semi Tanker

Original Cost: $1.69
# Manufactured: 400,000

This truck is almost identical to the 68 & 69, but there are a few minor differences:
- The 72/4 has rivets on the switch the 68/9 did not
- The 72/4 has round trailer feet the 68/9 has square feet
- The 72/4 has a slightly shorter exhaust stack than the 68/9
- The 72/4 was made with a slightly lighter shade of green plastic
- The side flap of the box with the front view of the truck reads "AMERADA HESS CORPORATION" on the 72/4, while the 68/9 reads "Hess Oil And Chemical Corporation"
There was no instruction card with the 68/9 or 72/4.



1973 No Hess Truck Issued



1974 Hess Split Window Semi Tanker

Original Cost: $1.89
# Manufactured: 400,000

See description for 1972. Except for the original cost going up a little bit, I am not aware of any differences between the 1972 and 1974



1975 Hess Box Truck w/ (3) Oil Barrels (no Hess labels on barrels)

Original Cost: $1.99
# Manufactured: 500,000

This truck has special meaning to me, because it was the first Hess truck that I received. This was the first box type truck in the Hess series. The truck cab is similar looking to the previous trucks, but this one has a one piece windshield as opposed the split w/shield of the earlier models. The trailer is a neat design. It has a pair of sliding doors on each side. Sliding the door at the front of the trailer reveals the battery compartment disguised inside a crate. The sliding side door at the rear of the trailer reveals the (3) oil drums. These drums do not have Hess labels like the 76 & 87. The pair of doors on the rear of the trailer also open. The truck has working head and tail lights operated by a switch on the bottom of the trailer. The (4) box sides display the corresponding front, rear, and (2) side views of the truck. The top of the box has a picture of a Hess gas station. This box is the (2) piece type where the top lifts up to reveal the truck. It comes with a battery installation instruction card and a top & bottom cardboard insert to protect the truck.



1976 Hess Box Truck w/ (3) Hess Labeled Oil Barrels

Original Cost: $2.29
# Manufactured: 500,000

This truck is very similar to the 1975 except for the following changes:
- The (3) oil drums now have Hess labels
- The 75 had a one piece cab w/ the fenders painted yellow, while the on the 76 the fenders were a separate piece of molded yellow plastic
- 76 is a slightly darker shade of green
- Price increased from $1.99 to $2.29
- The box is the same except the 76 has "Made in Hong Kong" added to the side flap containing the front view of the truck.
Other than that, I am not aware of any other differences.

Note: Be careful to make sure that someone doesn't try to sneak in oil drums from the 1987 truck. The drums are the same size but the 75 & 76 are a much darker green. Also the Hess stickers on the 76 barrels are green, yellow, and white - while the 87 barrels are just green & white.



1977 Hess Semi Tanker (1" Tall Rear Label)

Original Cost: $2.39
# Manufactured: 600,000

At a quick glance this truck looks very similar to the 68/9 & 72/4, but they are actually completely different. The cab of the truck has a (1) piece windshield instead of the split windshield and the fuel tanks on the side of the cab are rectangular instead of cylindrical. The "FUEL OILS" and "GASOLINE" decals on the side of the trailer are much bigger now. There are many other differences, but the best way to tell the 77/8 from the earlier ones is that the battery box cover now includes the date in roman numerals "MCMLXXVII" (1977). The (4) side panels on the box contain pictures of the (4) different views of the truck, and the top contains the Hess Logo, the words "Toy Truck" in big-bold letters, and a picture of a Hess gas station. The truck comes with an instruction card.



1978 Hess Semi Tanker (7/8" Tall Rear Label)

Original Cost: $2.49
# Manufactured: 600,000

This Truck is identical to the 1977 except the Hess Label on the rear of the trailer is slightly smaller. This label is 7/8" tall compared to 1" tall for the 1977. As far as I know this is the only way to tell the two trucks apart. The date still says 1977 (in roman numerals). The box is also identical.

Note: I found something on the internet saying that the rear label for the 1978 is 1" x 7/8" and the 1977 is 1.5" x 1". This is incorrect - The rear label is 1.5" wide on both trucks - It is just the height that is different by 1/8".



1979 No Hess Truck Issued






1980 Hess Training Van

Original Cost: $3.29
# Manufactured: 600,000

This is one of the more unique Hess Trucks. It is modeled after an actual truck that Hess used to conduct training seminars at Hess service stations. It is a white GMC RV with green accents. The side door actually opens and the TV antenna on top pops up. It has chrome bumpers, side mirrors, hubcaps, and wipers. It has working head and tail lights operated by a switch on the bottom. The Hess logos on each side also light up. It also has marker lights on the top, but they do not light up. The Van is just under 12" long. One thing about this truck that confuses people is that it is dated 1978 on the bottom, but this truck was definitely only issued in 1980 and is therefore should always be referred to as the 1980 Hess Training Van. The box is the first one piece box in the Hess series, meaning that the truck slides out the side end flap opening, instead of being lifted out. The box is mostly green w/ (4) pictures of the truck on each side. The top of the box has the Hess logo and "TRAINING VAN" in big, bright yellow and white lettering. This truck is very popular because of its very unique design.

Note: The white plastic used on Hess Trucks in the 80's had a tendency towards yellowing if stored in direct sunlight or in extreme heat (cars, attics, etc.) The training van was probably the worst as far as this yellowing goes. Therefore there are a lot of yellowish training vans out there that are worth much less than a nice white one. Also, it is also very common for this truck to be missing (1) or both of the sideview mirrors (very delicate).



1981 No Hess Truck Issued



1982/3 "The First Hess Truck" (33 Chevy Delivery Truck) (not a bank)

Original Cost: $4.69
# Manufactured: 1,000,000

This truck is modeled after an 1933 Chevy Oil Delivery Truck. Which was the first truck used by the Hess Company. It is not a tractor trailer like the previous Hess toy tanker trucks, but a (2) axle, (6) wheel straight truck. It is mostly dark green with red bumpers & hubcaps, yellow front fenders, a wide white stripe on the oil tank, and chrome headlights. It has a rubber hose with a chrome nozzle that unwinds out the side. The front doors on the cab open and close. It has working head and tail lights operated by a switch on the bottom. The date on the bottom says "MCMLXXX" (1980) and the front license plate is a 1933 NJ commercial plate, but the truck was first issued in 1982. The box has pictures of the truck framed in gold on each side, and the Hess Logo on the end flaps. The top says "THE FIRST HESS TRUCK" in gold lettering, and the bottom has the battery installation instructions, thereby eliminating the need for an instruction card. The same exact truck was issued in 1982 & 1983.

Note: I have heard that the 1982 has a red switch and the 1983 has a black switch, but I am not sure if this is correct. I have also seen publications saying that the 1983 was made into a bank - I am positive that is not correct - the "First Hess Truck" bank did not come out until 1985.



1984 Hess Green Semi Tanker Truck Bank

Original Cost: $4.99
# Manufactured: 1,000,000

This truck is very similar to the 1977 & 1978. The biggest difference is that this truck was made into a bank. It has a coin slot in the top rear section of the tanker. Your savings can be retrieved by turning the last knob on the tank, which allows the flap to be opened. This was the first bank issued by the Amerada Hess Corporation. Another big difference is there are no longer decals on the truck, so you don't have to worry about them peeling off. The words "HESS", "GASOLINE", and "FUEL OILS" are now molded into the plastic. It has working head and tail lights operated by a switch underneath and the roman numerals "MCMLXXXIV" located on the battery cover represent the year of issue (1984). The box is now the one piece variety where the truck slides out the end flaps. On the (2) end flaps it has the front & rear view of the truck. On one side it has a picture of the truck setting among some city buildings, on the other it just shows the truck with a hand placing a coin in the coin slot. The top as the Hess logo and "Toy Truck Bank". The bottom contains instructions for battery installation and bank compartment instructions.


1985 "The First Hess Truck" Bank (33 Chevy Delivery Truck)

Original Cost: $3.99
# Manufactured: 500,000

This is the identical truck as the 1982/3 except it has been made into a bank. The center of the tank now contains a coin slot, and the center valve on the tank now rotates to allow the top to open and reveal any bank deposits. I am not aware of any other differences. The date on the bottom still reads 1980 in roman numerals. All the 1985s that I have seen have red switches. The box was changed - Instead of the truck pictures being framed in gold, the sides now feature a picture of the truck driving down a road with snow covering the country side. One side has a hand depositing a quarter into the coin slot. The end flaps now contain front and rear views of the truck and the top now reads, "FIRST HESS TRUCK, TOY BANK". The battery installation instructions remain on the bottom. Bank Compartment Instructions where added to the bottom of the box for the 1985.

Note: This truck was issued at most of the Hess gas stations, but some stations down in Florida received left over 1984s in 1985.


1986 Red Hess Firetruck Bank w/ White Ladder

Original Cost: $5.49
# Manufactured: 1,000,000

This is the first toy in the Hess collection that has (2) switches. On controls the head and tail lights, while the second operates the flashing lights on top. The firetruck is mostly red with a white ladder and lots of chrome. The truck is about 13" long and has a (3) section extension ladder up top that swivels and extends to about 2 1/2 feet long. The chrome support feet towards the real of the truck actually pull down to stabilize the toy when the ladder is fully extended. This firetruck is also a bank with the coil slot located under the ladder. To retrieve any deposites, the valve at the rear of the truck rotates to open the rear chrome panel. The bottom has the Roman numerals "MCMLXXXVI" (1986). The one piece box contains picture of the front and rear view of the truck on the end flaps, and the sides contain pictures of the truck in New Your City with the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree all lit up. The top has the Hess logo and "Toy Fire Truck Bank" in bold red letters. Bank compartment and battery installation instructions are located on the bottom of the truck.


1987 White Hess Box Truck Bank w/ (3) Hess Barrels

Original Cost: $5.99
# Manufactured (Hong Kong): 900,000
# Manufactured (China): 100,000
Smooth Coat: ??????

This is an all new truck which represents the new Hess clean white image. It is all white with light green trim, red wheels and lots of chrome. Hess no longer uses yellow accents in thier color scheme. The side doors of the box trailer slide open to reveal (3) Hess Labeled barrels. In addition the the operating head and tail lights this truck has operating running lights onf the front and rear of the trailer and marker lights on the top of the cab. There is a coin slot on the top rear of the trailer and a door on the back which opens up with the turn of a red knob to retrieve the coins. The (2) sides of the box feature the truck parked in a winter wonderland next to a frozen pond with ice skaters and a lighted christmas tree. The end flaps contain front and rear views of the truck and the bottom contains battery installation and bank compartment instructions. About 1,000,000 of these trucks were made. Aprroximately 90% were made in Hong Kong while only about 10% were made in China, which makes the China version worth more. I am not aware of any differences between the China and Hong Kong versions other than the "made in _____" on the battery door and box flap. There were also a small number of "smooth coat" trucks where the chrome door step is smooth rather than the diamond pattern. These are also worth more than the regular version. The serious Hess truck collectors like to have all (3) versions of this truck.


1988 Hess Truck & Racer

Original Cost: $6.95
# Manufactured (Hong Kong): 500,000
# Manufactured (China): 500,000

This year Hess did something they should have done from the beginning - They added the year to the license plate of their holiday promotional toys. The cab of this truck is very similar to the 87 except it does to have the aerodynamic spoiler on top. Instead they added an air conditioner compressor. This is the first year that is actually (2) different toys. The trailer carries a Formula style friction powered race car which also includes the date on it's license plate. The car does not have any working lights, but the truck has a switch on the bottom that operates working head and tail lights as well as running lights on the trailer and marker lights on the top of the cab. The truck is about 12" long and the car is about 5" long. The box features the truck parked next to a Hess gas station with christmas trees and mountains in the background. The bottom contains Battery Installation instructions and race car operation instructions. This truck appears to be very similar to the 1991, but there are actually some major differences (see description for 1991).


1989 Hess White Firetruck Bank w/ Red Ladder

Original Cost: $8.99
# Manufactured: 1,000,000

This Truck is very similar to the 1986 Firetruck. The major difference is they changed the colors. This firetruck is white instead of red, and the white ladder is now red. Another new feature added for the first time this year is sound effects. The truck has two switchs on the bottom - one for the lights and the other for the (2) different siren sounds. The bank compartment is operated the same way as the 86 truck. The box features the firetruck parked next to a Hess gas station with snow covered mountains and Chrismas trees in the background. Battery Installation and bank compartment instructions are on the bottom of the box.



1990 Hess White Semi Tanker Truck

Original Cost: $9.99
# Manufactured: 1,100,000

This all new truck is similar in style to the 1977, 1978, & 1984 - except it is mostly white instead of green. This truck also features sound effects - It has a switch on the bottom to activate to horn and back up beeps. There is also a seperate switch to turn on the lights. In addition to the tradition head and tail lights - this truck also has marker, clearance, and running lights. The Hess logo on the sides of the tanker also light up. This truck is not a bank and does not have the rubber hose. It is much more durable than the earlier semi tanker trucks. The box contains a picture of the truck parked next to a Hess gas station on the sides and contains instructions for battery installation, lights, and dual sound operation on the bottom.



1991 Hess Truck & Racer (lamborghini)

Original Cost: $10.99
# Manufactured: 1,300,000

This truck is very similar in appearance to the 1988, but they are actually very different. The easiest way to tell them appart is from the license plates which contain the year of issue on all hess trucks from 1988 and later. Some other differences include:
- The 91 has a larger cab (91 cab is similar to the one used on the 90 - 88 cab is similar to the one used on the 87)
- The 91 uses (2) 'C' size batteries that go into the compartment underneath the race car - the 88 uses (1) 'D' size battery that slides in the battery compartment located in the front of the trailer.
- The race cars are differnt (91 is a lamborghini, 88 is a formula type race car)
- The hess logo on the side of the 91 lights up.
- Wheels on the 88 have holes, 91 wheels are solid.
- 91 has (3) green pin stipes along the sides - 88 just has one.
The box contains a pictures of the truck parked next to a Hess gas station on each side and operating instructions on the bottom. You can also tell the year of the 88 and later trucks by the rear view end flaps which show the year on the license plates.


1992 Hess Box Truck w/ racer

Original Cost: $11.99
# Manufactured: 1,300,000

For the 2nd year in a row Hess has issued a truck and racer. This one is a box type 18 wheeler with the race car located inside the trailer. The car can be seen through windows on both sides of the trailer. The truck looks really nice with the lights on. In addition to head, tail, and running lights, there are also lights on the inside of the trailer which light up the race car inside. The big Hess logo on each side of the trailer also lights up. In addition to the lights on the truck, this is the first of the racers that have lights. The head and tail lights of the porsche style racer are operated by a switch on the bottom. It uses (2) 'A76' watch batteries. The box contains pictures of the truck and car parked next to a Hess gas station. The bottom contains battery installing, car ramp operation, and racer operating instructions. In addition, there is also an instruction card in the box showing how to replace the batteries in the racer.



1993 Hess Patrol Car

Original Cost: $11.99
# Manufactured: 1,500,000

With the exception of the 1966 Hess Voyager Tanker ship - this is the only time that the Hess toy was not a truck. This patrol car has two switchs on the bottom. One turns on all of the lights. The other is a (4) postion switch - Slide it in the first postion and it starts the lights flashing - the 2nd postion activates Siren#1 - the 3rd position activates siren #2. Although not a detailed as other Hess toys, the flashing lights and sirens make it a great toy for children (and adults) of all ages. The box contains pictures of the patrol car parked next to a Hess gas station and includes intructions on the bottom.



1993 Hess Premium Diesel (not available to the public)

Original Cost: Free
# Manufactured: 10,000

This was a limited edition truck given as a gift to bulk Premium Diesel customers and friends of Mr. Hess. It was not available to the genral public. It is the same truck as the 1990 Hess semi tanker with the graphics changed. For the lucky few that received one of these, it came in a green gift wrapped box with a separate gift card. Only about 10,000 of these were produced making it very valueable. The box contains a picture of the truck with a Hess refinery in the background.




1994 Hess Rescue Truck

Original Cost: $14.95
# Manufactured: 2,000,000




1995 Hess Flatbed Semi w/ Helicopter

Original Cost: $15.99
# Manufactured: 1,800,000




1996 Hess All Terrain Emergency Truck

Original Cost: $15.99
# Manufactured: 1,800,000




1997 Hess Box Truck w/ (2) Racers

Original Cost: $15.99
# Manufactured: ????



For more information about the older Hess Trucks and for information about the newer Hess Trucks which I have not gotten around to writing about Click Here to visit the official Hess Toy Truck Website


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Information used to develop this page came from:

- My own personal Hess Truck Collection and experiences

- "The Hess Toy Collector - Platinum Edition - 1996", by Michael V. Harwood
This is a beautiful leather bound book and is a must for the serious Hess Truck Collector. I would make a great Christmas gift to go along with the 1997 Hess Truck. It is available through The Toy Truck Collector 1-800-685-0333 for $39.95

- "Toy Truck Collector - Official 1997 Price Guide" Available through The Toy Truck Collector 1-800-685-0333 for $14.95. It has pictures of all the Hess Trucks and lists the # made, original selling price and current market values. You also get put on their mailing list when you order this guide.