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I started the cross reference of this casting thread with other listed reference links today. As with most site listings the color names used and order of rarity varies significantly between them and the initial listings from The Elite Redline Guide (2010) included below. I will do a more focused review of those and update that information later on. If any other (?) 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 Chapparral 2G is from the Exclusive Grand Prix Series introduced by Mattel for Hot Wheels in 1969. It is from the Grand Prix body type of racing cars and is one of two open cock pit wide body cars issued in this first year of the Series. Ira Gilford is credited with developing both the casting series ideal and this casting design.

It is based on the 1:1 1967 Chapparral 2G built and raced by Jim Hall in the North American Can-Am series were he won two races in this car. It features the 5th variation of one of his large high mounted hydraulic rear spoilers. Molded in white plastic, it is a removable piece mounted on the rear deck lid. The Hong Kong wing version has two notches in the bottom of the wing in its mold design which the USA version does not have. It came with a seperate decal sheet featuring 3 rondels with Jim Hall's racing #66 in black and a larger instructional sticker showing where to apply those numbers on the casting.

This casting was produced in both the Hong Kong and the USA factories so it features both a blue tinted windshield for the Hong Kong models and a clear plastic version for USA models. The rear engine cover pivets open to the rear. This feature under went a design change later in production adding a stop peg that limits how far back the rear hatch cover will open up. It is known to have been distributed through 1970/1971 as well. Most USA models and all HK models were produced with a black interior, but a few USA versions are know to have brown interiors instead.

In the USA, it was painted in 18 different Spectrflame colors ranging from the most common - Aqua, Green, Gold, Orange, Red and White Enamel. Less common colors are - Rose and Purple. With - Brown, Olive, Lime Yellow, and Blue being uncommon. And (Light) Blue, (Yellow) Antifreeze, and Magenta being hart to find. And Light "Apple" Green, (Yellow) Antifreeze and Hot Pink as the most rare.

There were 8 Spectraflame paint colors used for the HK production runs. Here is that list in increasing rarity - Red, Green, and Blue. With Aqua being uncommon and White Enamel being hard to find. Rarer colors to find are - Purple, Orange, and Olive. The white enamel paint represents the actual color of the 1:1 race car. Notice is made that there are significantly more blue HK cars in circulation than USA versions.

All models came with Type 1 medium sized Redline wheel sets. The later(?) production Magenta colored castings are known to exist with capped style wheels.

One unpainted prototype is known to exist with a black interior and clear windshield. A second red enamel version is also known with a black interior and a black enamel version thought to be a die test vehicle.

This casting was issued with a corresponding collectors button featuring a white car image on a blue background. The two Hong Kong button versions came in both a notched and a smooth tab. The USA version came only with a smooth tab.

In 1974 this casting was reissued as the Winnepeg in the Flying Colors line (#7618).



Information resources -

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaparral_Cars
http://hotwheels.wikia.com/wiki/Chaparral_2G
http://www.redlinegrandprix.com/Redline_GP_Chaparral.html
http://hotwheels.wikia.com/wiki/Wheel_Types
http://www.onlineredlineguide.com/69/69_chaparral_2g/69_chaparral_2g.html
http://www.hwredlines.com/menu-grp-cars/1969/6256-Chaparral2G/6256-HK-cars.shtml
http://www.hwprotos.com/menu-grp-page/6256-Chap-grp1.htm
http://www.nchwa.com/1969.html
The Elite Redline Guide (2010)
https://sites.google.com/site/redlinebuttons/Buttons/1969
 

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The tall wing looks more in porportion to the 1:1 racer though!


My wing on my childhood original version is still MIA. The white stripe is an early kid added customization that has stuck around. The hood props are temporary. This one would flip over a lot when raced, but would still travel down the race track a good ways. I guess the high front fenders did save wear on the windshield edge though. The multiple compound curves in the window piece have always intrigued me.

1969 Hot Wheels (6256) Grand Prix Chaparral 2G by Milton Fox, on Flickr

1969 Hot Wheels (6256) Grand Prix Chaparral 2G by Milton Fox, on Flickr
 

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Another good thing to keep in mind is that the US and HK wings are different. The US wing has a revision letter embossed on it at the top of the wing post. The HK does not, but it does have a semi circle cut where the post meets the wing. These can be difficult to pick out, but important for pendants (like me) for the wing to be the right one.

Mark
 
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