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I started the cross reference of this casting thread with other listed reference links. If any (?) remains they are referenced that way. In the mean time, feel free to add your own images, stories, information and experiences with this casting in your own thread posts as we go along.

The '36 Ford Coupe is one of four castings issued this year by Mattel with the Classic designation as part of their casting name. It was designed by Ira Gilford and is based on the 1936 Ford 3-Window Coupe. This Ford model is one of the most often modified hot rod and has been chopped, channeled, lowered, tubed, flamed, blown and so on - for decades.

The Elite Redline Guide is the only reference that gives the stock number of this casting to be the same as the Beatnik Bandit (#6217). All others use (#6253) (?).

As it was only produced at the USA factory, it comes with a clear windshield and was distributed for 3 years in the main line carded line up - as a California Custom Miniature. Most castings featured a smooth flat black painted roof. Like the 1:1 model this casting features an opening rumble seat at the rear of the car. The number of buttons on the interior of the rumble seat varies and is said to represent the number of open cavity backs used in the casting mold. As with most models from 1968, it has four exhaust pipes tucked behind the back of the front fender wells. Interiors came in either champagne, black or white plastic colors. The white interiors are very rare finds though.

There are (17) known Spectraflame paint colors used. They range from the most common colors of Blue, Gold, Green, Red, Aqua, Orange, Purple, Antifreeze, Lime Yellow, Rose, Brown, Magenta, Yellow, Olive, Copper, Hot Pink, and Light Green as the rarest color used.

All models have small front and medium sized rear Type 1 style Redline wheels.

Each casting was issued with 1 of 5 different button variations. Either as a HK metal collector button with an orange or dark orange casting color on a yellow background. Both the lighter and darker colored image castings came with a notched or smooth tab or in the USA button version with an orange casting image on a yellow background and a smooth tab only.

A few bare metal zamac prototypes are know for this casting. Two of those have traces of black enamel paint on one and white enamel on the other. The Elite Redline Guide (2010) shows an image of both a fully covered white and black enamel painted castings. A completely covered green enamel vesion is also known to exsist. References at other castings - indicated the black enamel painted castings are mold test castings.

In 1976, this casting was retooled as the Neet Streater without an opening rumble seat and a hood cut out for the black plastic intake piece.

In 2005, it was released again with an opening rumble seat and closed off hood as part of the Neo-Classics Series for the Hot Wheels Collectors.com Series 4 line up.

In 2006, this new casting design was released as the Redline Party Car.

In 2007, it was released as the in the Red Line Club Series #1 line up

In 2011, it was released again as the Finale Ticket Car at the 11th Annual Hot Wheels National Convention.



Information resources -

http://hotwheels.wikia.com/wiki/Classic_'36_Ford_Coupe
http://www.onlineredlineguide.com/69/69_classic_36_ford_coupe/69_classic_36_ford_coupe.html
http://www.hwredlines.com/menu-grp-cars/1969/6253-36FordCoupe/6253-US-cars.shtml
http://www.hwprotos.com/menu-grp-cars/1969/6253-36Coupe/6253x-US-36Coupe.shtml
http://www.nchwa.com/1969.html
The Elite Redline Guide (2010)
https://sites.google.com/site/redlinebuttons/Buttons/1969
 
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