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Wheels Wheels - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

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A single-player racing game containing no microprocessor. The player competes against computer cars, gaining points for elapsed distance before time runs out. Crashing requires the player to shift into low gear to start again (two speeds).

Wheels was produced by Midway Manufacturing Co. in 1975.

Midway Manufacturing Co. released 133 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1959. Midway Manufacturing Co. was based in United States.

Other machines made by Midway Manufacturing Co. during the time period Wheels was produced include: Panzer Attack, Playtime, Chopper, TV Basketball, Crazyfoot, Gun Fight, Wheels II, Racer, TV Flipper, and 280 ZZZAP


Name Wheels
Developer Midway Manufacturing Co. (United States)
Year 1975
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 10423
Class Wide Release
Genre Racing
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 1
Game Play Single
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Steering: Wheel
  • Shifter: 2-position (low, high)
  • Pedals: 1
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Bezel Wheels Bezel Image
Control Panel Wheels Control Panel Image
Side Art Wheels Side Art Image
PCB Wheels PCB Image

Game Play

The player races on his own side of the screen, driving against computer generated obstacle cars. The player's car moves farther up the screen the faster he or she goes. A player cannot cross into the other lanes. If the player crashes, his or her side of the screen stops while the computer-controlled cars drive on normally. The crashed player must downshift in order to accelerate at a reasonable rate. The player's car is slightly different, but the computer cars are all the same.

Wheels KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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Cabinet Information

The cabinet measures 29 inches wide by 32 inches deep by 65 3/4 inches high. It weighs 320 pounds. The steering wheel is a three-spoked chrome kind and the shifter has 8-ball at the top. An optional seat was originally available and the marquee is made of real glass.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Wheels Census

There are 14,743 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,468 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,437 machines (6,893 unique titles).

Uncommon - There are 13 known instances of this machine owned by Wheels collectors who are active members. Of these, 11 of them are original dedicated machines. 2 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 2 active VAPS members with a Wheels machines for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Wheels circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There is one active VAPS member currently looking for Wheels.

This game ranks a 4 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 2 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



Uses a linear power supply with a huge heatsink, but still suffers thermal problems. Similar problems exist for the two sound channels. The PCB traces tend to lift from the board very easily.


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