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The Continental Mark III is one of two luxury style casting designs done by Ira Gilford this year by Mattel. The casting is based on the 1968 Lincoln Continental Mark III two door coupe. It was distributed for 2 years in the main casting line up as a California Custom Miniature.

Produced at the USA factory only it comes with a clear windshield and features an opening hood element. Interior detail included tuck and roll seats, a matching steering wheel molded with a large dashboard. A large grill is molded as part of the base casting piece and the signature spare tire cover is featured on the trunk. Interior colors were almost all white (Cream) with only a few dark colors known from Mattel employee collections only. They are thought to be pre-production models.

There are (15) known Spectraflame paint colors used. They range from the most common colors of Blue, Gold, Red, Aqua, Lime Yellow, Green, Yellow, Orange, Rose, Magenta, Purple, Light Blue, Light Green, Hot Pink and Copper as the rarest color used.

All cars have medium sized Type 1 Redline wheels.

Each casting was issued with a Hong Kong produced metal collector button showing an orange casting on a blue back ground. Both a notched tab and smooth tab version are known.

One bare metal assembled prototype is known. Another creamy pink casting with a clear window, light white/cream interior with a black steering wheel is also known.

In 2012, a retooled version of the Continental Mark III was issued in the HWC Series 11 Neo-Classics line up.



Reference resources -

http://hotwheels.wikia.com/wiki/Custom_Continental_Mark_III
http://www.onlineredlineguide.com/69/69_custom_continental_mk_iii/69_custom_continental_mk_iii.html
http://www.hwredlines.com/menu-grp-cars/1969/6266-ContinentalMarkIII/6266-US-cars.shtml
http://www.hwprotos.com/menu-grp-cars/1969/6266-ContinentalMarkIII/6266x-US-ContinentalMarkIII.shtml
http://www.nchwa.com/1969.html
The Elite Redline Guide (2010)
https://sites.google.com/site/redlinebuttons/Buttons/1969
 

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Here is an underhood view of the Lincoln Ford 385 V8 that powered the 1:1 casting.


1969 Hot Wheels (6266) Custom Continental Mark III by Milton Fox, on Flickr



Not a lot of information is out there on this casting so feel free to add your own images, stories, information and experiences with this casting in your own thread posts as we go along.
 
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