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 and production of Johnny Lightning cars ceased for 23 years.
Have you ever wondered if there's a price guide for the kind of model cars you collect? Chances are there probably is. Besides eight books each on Hot Wheels and Matchbox toys, there are over fifty other currently available books devoted to automotive toys and models of one kind or another. Some are general guides, others are specific to a certain brand or type. Below is a comprehensive list, from A to Z by subject or brand, of published books on automotive toys, along with a summary of their contents.