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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 Ford MK IV is from the Exclusive Grand Prix Series introduced by Mattel for Hot Wheels in 1969. It is from the Grand Prix enclosed body type of racing cars and is 1 of the 8 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 Henry Ford II's design of the 1:1 racing Ford GT-40 Mark IVs that won its debut race at Sebring in 1967 driven by Mario Andretti and Bruce McLaren. It also won its second race the 1967 24 Hours of LeMans with Dan Gurney and A J Foyt as drivers. In the winners circle at the "Cirque de la Sarthe" Gurney started the current race tradition of spraying the crowd with Champagne.

It came with a seperate decal sheet featuring the #1 and white and black racing stripes for USA produced models with the #5 for HK prduced models.In red enamel with the white and black racing stripes and the #1 rondels it resembles the 1967 LeMans champion driven by Gurney and Foyt.

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 that limits how far the rear hatch will open up. It is known to have been distributed through 1970 as well. All models were produced with only a black interior.

In the USA, it was painted in 14 different Spectrflame colors ranging from most common - Red Enamel, Brown, Gold, Lime Yellow, Olive, Orange, Rose, Purple, Aqua, Light Blue, BLue, Green, Red, and Yellow as most rare. HK production included 6 Spectraflame paint colors their casting run. Their list in increasing rarity is - Blue, Red, Green, Red Enamel, Aqua, and Orange.

All models came with medium sized Type 1 Redline wheel sets with silver painted rims at the USA factory and chrome foil wheel sets from HK

This casting was issued with either a USA or HK corresponding collectors button featuring a red car image on yellow background. Notched HK and USA buttons are known, but only smooth tabbed HK buttons are known. A pale yellow notched HK button is known, but not enough buttons are known to catagorized this version as more than an error.

A bare metal prototype is the earliest known casting to exist for this model.

Reference resources -

http://hotwheels.wikia.com/wiki/Ford_MK_IV
http://hotwheels.wikia.com/wiki/Wheel_Types
http://www.onlineredlineguide.com/69/69_ford_mk_iv/69_ford_mk_iv.html
http://www.nchwa.com/1969.html
http://www.hwredlines.com/menu-grp-cars/1969/6257-FordMkIV/6257-US-Intro.shtml
http://www.hwredlines.com/menu-grp-cars/1969/6257-FordMkIV/6257-HK-intro.shtml
http://www.hwprotos.com/menu-grp-cars/1969/6257-FordMkIV/6257x-US-FordMKIV.shtml
http://www.hwprotos.com/menu-grp-cars/1969/6257-FordMkIV/6257x-HK-FordMKIV.shtml
The Elite Redline Guide (2010)
https://sites.google.com/site/redlinebuttons/Buttons/1969
 
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