Carrera – slot car racing since the 1960s

Carrera’s origins can be traced back to 1920 when Josef Neuhierl started manufacturing tin toys in the Franconian town of Fürth, Germany.
In 1963, Josef’s son Hermann Neuhierl launched the Carrera Universal system – the first electronic 1:32 scale Carrera racetrack. It was an instant success. In 1967 the larger scale Carrera 124 continued the success and led the way for the brand to gain further popularity throughout the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. To date, the company continues to manufacturer innovative slot car racing sets, and is a recognised leading brand around the world.

TVTA is pleased to present selected scans from the Carrera 2001 catalogue, plus Carrera print adverts from the 1970s and 1980s.

Carrera cover 2001 catalogue. France.

Carrera 2001 catalogue. France.

Carrera Evolution vehicles.

Carrera 2001 catalogue. France.

Carrera Evolution vehicles.

Carrera 2001 catalogue. France.

Carrera Evolution vehicles.

Carrera 2001 catalogue. France.





Carrera Club gear.

Carrera Club gear.


1970s and 1980s advertising

Carrera Servo. France. 1980.

Carrera circuits Indianapolis, Hockenheim, Avus. France. 1973.

Carrera Servo. France. 1979.


As always, thanks for looking 🙂


13 thoughts on “Carrera – slot car racing since the 1960s

  1. These are amazing. I’ve always loved race tracks (though I’ve never been the biggest fan of watching racing on TV. That said, there was a brief period where I enjoyed F1…) and I believe I had a Carrera in the mid to late 80’s. I remember that logo very clearly (though that may be from elsewhere) and being a wee bit surprised/ disappointed that my set wasn’t a Scalextric. But I may be wrong.

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  2. Never played Slot Cars, but I know some grown men who still play, with impressive collections.

    Went to the Post Office to get a price to mail the trading cards. I’ll have to figure a method to ship them as a document. (under $20) a package($50).
    First I need to remove the duplicates. Then, I have some ideas. First I need to finish my taxes. I’ll be able to work on that at the top of Feb.!
    Cheers!

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  3. Hello TVTA, I never realised Carrera had the same style of “Lane Changer” function as the old TCR sets had….or such a range of racing car models! I really like the Le Mans Prototypes and WRC inspired models. If I had known I might have tried to get a set.

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    • The cars look exceptional don’t they. Easily on par with some of the stuff Scalextric brought out. I like the ones with the drivers in the cockpit and the rally cars.
      When I was Christmas shopping during the holiday I saw a few Carrera sets and would have loved to have snagged one if my allowances had been greater. Been ages since I had a go at slot cars! Scalextric and TCR (as you mentioned) were the sets I had, plus my uncle had Race n Chase and one of my brothers had a Knight Rider set.

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