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The second year of Hot Wheels production castings included 24 new models designed by Ira Gilford. and the continuation of 15 of the 16 models first released by Mattel in 1968 under the California Custom Miniatures series name designation. The Beatnik Bandit was replaced by the Classic '36 Ford Coupe both in the production casting itself and by the previously used stock number of 6217. (? - needs additional verfication)

The Custom name designation for castings continued in use for the new AMX and Charger based releases. Some of the reviewed sites also designate the Continental Mark III and Police Cruiser as being part of the Custom designation. The base of the Continental does carry the Custom designation above the model name, but the known packaging references and collector buttons do not. The Police Cruiser is noted to only show base designations of Police Cruiser or just Cruiser.

You can also often find the Maserati, Rolls Royce and Mercedes castings identifed as being from the "European" Series. This reference maybe associated with the cars distributed in Great Britain where they are so designated on the card front. (Perhaps a HobbyTalk member/collector from Great Britian can share their experience/knowledge with the early Redlines distributed in the United Kingdom back then with us at some point.)

Another new naming designation of 'Classics' was used for the previously mentioned Ford Coupe as well as the other 3 new Ford models of the Vicky, Woody and '57 T-Bird first released in 1969.

Individual blister packaging shape continued in the same previous year's off centered hanger design with mostly left to right orange to yellow fades being noted and some all orange and a few all yellow background cards noted. (Here again it is not possible to know which year blister packs are actually being shown in the sites and books reviewed as corresponding card backs are (usually) not ever shown with them.) The same red and orange Hot Wheels logo at the top of the card front with the same black Matty Mattel button continues to be used this year.

The new exclusive Grand Prix Series card front were done with a new green back ground in place of the previous orange/yellow offers noted on the card fronts. They also feature a left facing purple Brabham Repco F-1 race car depicted as the main car image graphic for this series of castings. (Notice is made that a real distinction between 1968 castings and 1969 castings is only discernable in those still blistered items (possibly by the noted background color changes), but primarily from the casting lists and stock numbers. Along with other dates or mail in offer information that is printed on the individual card backs.) Ira Gilford is also credited with the development of this series line.

The Lotus and Shelby Turbine and the Indy Eagle from the Grand Prix Series are also the first 3 castings to feature factory application of the Hot Wheels logo decal (convientally located) on the right hand side of the body.

A noted reference to a related Show & Go casting series from 1969 is seen on images of blister packs distributed in Great Britian.

Referenced resources -
http://hotwheels.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_1969_Hot_Wheels
http://www.onlineredlineguide.com/1969.html
http://www.hwredlines.com/menu-grp/hw-69.shtml
http://www.hwprotos.com/menu-grp/hw-69.shtml
http://www.nchwa.com/1969.html
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California Custom Minitures

6217 - Classic '36 Ford Coupe ------ (Ira Gilford) replaced Beatnik Bandit
6250 - Classic '32 Ford Vicky ------- (Ira Gilford)
6251 - Classic '31 Ford Woody ------ (Ira Gilford)
6252 - Classic '57-Bird -------------- (Ira Gilford)
6258 - Twin Mill ---------------------- (Ira Gilford)
6259 - Turbofire --------------------- (Ira Gilford)
6260 - Torero ------------------------ (Ira Gilford)
6261 - Splittin' Image --------------- (Ira Gilford)
6266 - Continental Mark III --------- (Ira Gilford)
6267 - Custom AMX ----------------- (Ira Gilford)
6268 - Custom Charger ------------- (Ira Gilford)
6269 - Police Cruiser ---------------- (Ira Gilford)
6274 - Volkswagen Beach Bomb --- (Ira Gilford)
6275 - Mercedes-Benz 280 SL ----- (Ira Gilford)
6276 - Rolls Royce Silver Shadow - (Ira Gilford)
6277 - Maserati Mistral ------------- (Ira Gilford)


Grand Prix Series

6254 - Lola GT70 ------------------- (Ira Gilford)
6255 - McLaren M6A --------------- (Ira Gilford)
6256 - Chapparral 2G -------------- (Ira Gilford)
6257 - Ford MK IV ------------------ (Ira Gilford)
6262 - Lotus Turbine --------------- (Ira Gilford)
6263 - Indy Eagle ------------------ (Ira Gilford)
6264 - Brabham Repco F-1 -------- (Ira Gilford)
6265 - Shelby Turbine ------------- (Ira Gilford)



Referenced resources -
http://hotwheels.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_1969_Hot_Wheels
http://www.onlineredlineguide.com/1969.html
http://www.hwredlines.com/menu-grp/hw-69.shtml
http://www.hwprotos.com/menu-grp/hw-69.shtml
The Elite Redline Guide (2010)
 

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Another quick-y note...

unlike the first year where all castings had a Hong Kong AND a US version...

The second year, some models where only made in Hong Kong, and some were only made in US... but there were a handful still made in both
 

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A great quicky note reference Pablodragon! :thumbsup:

I plan to address production countries as I create individual 1969 casting threads here at HobbyTalk from the currently available resources. (Others can start those threads if so inclined - no need to wait on me! I am planning to create a casting list thread first for each year through 1977 - at this time - and then come back to the individual casting threads.)

Not to come across as issuing assignments, but one reference I noted was that the Grand Prix decal numbers and livery decals correspond to previous 1:1 race cars or winners of previous races. Not sure how accurate this information is, but it would be cool to see how accurate they are! I do know 3 of this years Grand Prix cars are Indy cars and the Brabham model an F1 racer obviously. I also seem to recall the turbine cars were not allowed to race though?

As a race fan PabloDragon have you already researched this for your collection?
 

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Initial casting threads for each of the 1969 models have been posted. I will be updating and cross referencing them with other sites before moving on to the 1970 castings.

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I was also able to find some more detail on each of the Grand Prix series racers and the 1:1 cars they represent. Those details have been added to the individual car threads linked above. :thumbsup:
 
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