The Green Machine – Childhood Bliss

Ok, so this toy is technically from the late 70s (see the awesome commercial below from 1978), but for those of us that were teens in the 80s, we played with the toys of the late 70s! The Green Machine was so cool – so much cooler than its ride-on-vehicle-rival, the Big Wheel. It left a regular ole Big Wheel in its dust; the nimble Green Machine’s rear wheel swivel action design ran circles around the lumbering, clunky Big Wheel. I received mine for my 6th birthday in the Fall of 1978. Our driveway gently sloped down to the street. I could pedal maniacally down the hill and then slam the levers in opposite directions to create the coolest, most whiplash-inducing spinout at the bottom of the hill. Sure, I was spinning out in the middle of the street, and sure, I had never heard of a helmet, but the danger only added to the thrilling excitement of the ride. Life simply didn’t get any better than that. I love the advertisement from 1976 below that places the target demographic for this awesome ride at “Guys 8, 9, 10.” What about the girls of the late 70s? Didn’t we also deserve to feel the wind whip through our hair as we tore up the neighborhood sidewalks and streets? Yeah, well, good thing I didn’t succumb to their gender steering. I hate to think of the hours of pure bliss that would have been lost from my life.

The Green Machine

An updated Green Machine, now made by Huffy, is still available online. It even features a 20-inch rubber front tire. The back tires remain slick and wide for maximum awesomity. At $105, this new version offers a new generation the thrill of the ride.

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As the original ad for the Green Machine asserts, “It’s the HOTTEST Ride in Town.” We agree. 10-18-11: With the onslaught of holiday catalogs pouring in the mail box came the new Hammacher Schlemmer gift guide. Imagine my surprise to see a Green Machine featured prominently on the cover. Naturally, I flipped directly to this fabulous item. I was then shocked to discover the asking price for this jazzed up, motorized version of my childhood favorite. No more pedal power required. This big, bad boy runs on a Harley Davidson motor and achieves speeds of up to 50 mph. What!?!? And for the pleasure of this green goodness, what are they asking you wonder? How about $75,000? Uh, no. But, thanks for the laugh. Motorized Green Machine

Author: Pia Sooney

Just a little obsessed with all things 80s, Pia still has her Swatch, her cassette tape collection, and her Converse Chucks. When not making friendship pins or listening to Depeche Mode, she runs a web design business.

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  1. I had a green machine too! I would beat all the boys on their bikes and they were always wanting to borrow it. Ha! I never saw that it was “geared” to guys 8, 9 and 10. That’s hilarious! I was just looking online for one to get my son for his 6th birthday next month and saw your post. Wish I could post a pic I have of my sister on my green machine! Oh well. Cheers!

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