Hobbyist Forums banner

1 - 1 of 1 Posts

·
Administrator
Joined
·
26,972 Posts
Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
I started the cross reference of this casting thread with other listed reference links today. 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 Custom Charger was designed by Ira Gilford and based on the hemi powered version of the 1969 Dodge Charger muscle car. It was distributed for 3 years in the main casting line up as a California Custom Miniature and is one of two models issed this year to include the Custom name designation as part of the casting name.

Produced at the USA factory only it comes with a clear windshield and features an opening hood.

Interiors were issued only in white.

The front grill and bumper are part of the bare metal base casting piece. The front grills are painted black, but can be rarely found unpainted. The rear panel is also part of the base and features two large red or orange (international red) painted rear tail lights. From the front of the underside of the base casting - details include a misplaced wish bone front suspension (?), an oil pan and bell housing, a thin drive shaft and rear differential and axles. A dual exhaust system runs from the oil pan area to exit under the rear bumper. The rear suspension is represented by matching leaf springs. And a gas tank is present at the rear of the base.

There are (16) known Spectraflame paint colors used. They range from the most common colors of Blue, Gold, Red, Lime Yellow, Green, Magenta, Rose, Yellow, Purple, Light Green, Hot Pink, Aqua, Orange Antifreeze, Brown and Creamy Pink as the rarest color used. The known brown examples are believed to be pre-production or prototype pieces as no blister packaged examples are known. The only creamy pink color example is from an ex Mattel employee's collection and also known as a color prototype model.

Many colors also have known shade variations for Gold, Aqua, Red and Blue. Collectors also often confuse Lime and Antifreeze. A single orange/red casting that does not match up to other orange or red castings is also known. Wishfully (most likely) many Orange castings with dark metal under toning is often called Brown. And only a single light blue casting is known to date.

Almost all cars are fitted with medium sized Type 1 style Redline wheels, but capped wheel sets have been found on a few Red castings and one Green casting. One Light Green casting with capped front wheels is known.

There is also a few Hot Pink castings and one Blue casting with unspun rivets known. (This is atype of occasional distribution error still found today.)

Each casting was issued with either a HK or USA metal collector button shwoing a green car image on an orange background. The HK button comes in both the notched and smooth tab versions.

Four prototype castings are commonly known. One in silver paint, two in orange enamel and a green version with a different hood and larger wheel wells. Another resource shows a brown prototype without a black painted roof and a light white/cream interior.

A retooled version was released in 2008 for the HotWheelsCollectors.com Series 7 Real Riders line up. Distribution was limited to 7500 cars.



Referenced resources -

http://hotwheels.wikia.com/wiki/Custom_Charger
http://www.onlineredlineguide.com/69/69_custom_dodge_charger/69_custom_dodge_charger.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
The Elite Redline Guide (2010)
https://sites.google.com/site/redlinebuttons/Buttons/1969
 
1 - 1 of 1 Posts
Top