Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Summer of '69- Hot Wheels Style...Part Two!

Well, here we are with our second batch of 1969 Hot Wheels! As I said in the last Hot Wheels post, there were 24 new cars that year (as opposed to just 16 the previous year) so I'm breaking them into three sets of eight. So...here's part two!

The Custom Continental Mark III is a good looking car with a lot of weight to it. I like the orange spectra-flame on this example!

The Custom Police Cruiser is actually a Plymouth Fury. Unlike most of the cars, it only came with the enamel black and white paint scheme. It was the first car with a "tampo" (printed design). The only variation you will find is it had both a red and a clear dome light. There is no difference in value.

The Ford Mark IV was based on a Gran Prix racer. It is one of the few cars of this time that was issued in both spectra-flame paint (many colors) and enamel (red only). This is the enamel version.

The Indy Eagle was based on Dan Gurney's Indy car. The Indy cars are cool, but their light weight makes them easy race fodder for the heavier cars. This car also came in gold chrome that is worth almost ten times more than the regular cars.

The Lola GT70 is another Gran Prix car that came in all shades of spectra-flame and one enamel color...British racing green. This is the green example.

The Lotus Turbine is a rather boxy looking Indy car. I once built a pinewood derby version for my daughter to race! The boxiness helped my carving skills!

The Maserati Mistral is a very sporty looking car! Although a lot of people don't remember this Hot Wheel, it's one of my favorites!

The McLaren M6A was released in all of the spectra-flame colors, but the real car was painted in orange enamel. For some reason, Hot Wheels never made it in that color.

One for the road, so to speak (or at least "the orange plastic track") The Lola GT70 with its hood open is a good example of the detail that went into the engine castings. 

So there you have it! The last of the 24 is coming next time, and it features the two most popular Hot Wheels from that year!

Until next time, keep searching for treasure!

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