1978 Hess Semi Tanker Truck
1978 (7/8” Tall Rear Label)
Original Cost: $2.49
This is the first year Hess started to mark the date of the truck on the truck. The only difference in the 1977 and 1978 trucks is said to be the size of the rear decal. The 1977 decal is 1″ X 1 ½” and the 1978 is stated as 7/8″ x 1 ½.” This truck boasts more chrome than the year’s prior, but still has working headlights and taillights, plus the removable hose. The battery cover still says in Roman numbers “MCMLXXVII” (1977) so the best way to know if it is a 1977 or a 1978 is by the rear decal.
The box is a 4 sided panel style that has pictures of the truck on both sides and the front end on one end and the rear end on the other. The top of the box has the Hess logo, writing that says “Toy Truck” and a picture of a Hess gas station. Another piece of information that people do not seem to notice is that on the end of the box that shows the rear of the truck it says “Made in Hong Kong, Amerada Hess Corporation, Woodridge New Jersey 07095. Nobody seems to notice that the word “Woodbridge ” on the box is missing the “b”. Beware, some people try to sell this as a “Special Edition” but all the 1977 & 1978 boxes were misprinted.
There was no Hess truck issued in 1979.