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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 Indy Eagle is 1 of 4 open wheel racers from the Exclusive Grand Prix Series introduced by Mattel for Hot Wheels in 1969. It is 1 of 3 Indy racers produced this year. Ira Gilford is credited with developing both the series ideal and this casting design. It is based on the #48 All American Racers (AAR) Eagle-Weslake/Ford T2G driven by Jochen Rindt in the 1967 Indianapolis 500 and Dan Gurney in the 1968 race. All American Racers was formed by Dan Gurney and Carroll Shelby in 1964. Gurney has stated the car is simply called the Eagle Mk 2 and built to race at Indianapolis.

The casting model was produced only in Hong Kong and features their standard blue tinted windshield and a chrome plated plastic engine piece. The engine piece shows through the top of the body and from the sides the exhaust headers rise up to parralel exhaust pipes connected by a small casting element. This brace/wind portion is a Mattel design element only. The real car has a very thin cross brace system connecting the exhaust pipes to the body frame.

Most models were produced with a black interior, but some were molded in champagne colored plastic and are much harder to find. Examples of castings painted in Spectraflame Red, Green and Blur are also known to have white plastic interior pieces.

Like other open racers from this series most come with bare metal chassis pieces, but black painted and rarer silver painted bases are known. Silver painted bases were distributed only in Great Britian.

Twelve (12) other Spectraflame colors are known to have been used during their two year production run. In increasing rarity they are - Green, Red with a black interior, Aqua, Blue, Orange, Purple, Olive, Copper, Red with a white interior, Brown, Gold Chrome and Rose. The Gold Chrome version also had a gold chrome plated engine piece and chassis base piece.

A red Hot Wheels swoosh decal was applied at the factory. It is found on the body side directly behind the right front wheel. (Making it easily visible while still in the blister pack.) It also came with a seperate water slide decal sheet with three #48 oval shaped gumball and various race related sponser decals from the era.

Early models come with Type 1 bearing Redline wheels sets and later models with capped wheels. Mixed wheels sets are also known.

This casting was issued with a corresponding Hong Kong smooth tabbed collectors button showing a blue car image with a white stripe on an either an orange background or a pale purple background.

Five different colored prototype modesl are known. All have clear windshields and come in mostly blue with a single red, purple, pink and 'olive' green' version known. A few authentic side saddle fuel tanks in grey plastic are known. These were designed to improve the "SuperCharger" performence of the casting, but never included with the distributed production castings.

A second lighter blue casting fitted with the prototype side saddle fuel tanks is also known.


Reference resources -

http://hotwheels.wikia.com/wiki/Indy_Eagle
http://www.onlineredlineguide.com/69/69_indy_eagle/69_indy_eagle.html
http://www.hwredlines.com/menu-grp/hw-69.shtml
http://www.hwprotos.com/menu-grp-cars/1969/6263-IndyEagle/6263x-HK-IndyEagle.shtml
http://www.nchwa.com/1969.html
http://hotwheels.wikia.com/wiki/Wheel_Types
The Elite Redline Guide (2010)
https://sites.google.com/site/redlinebuttons/Buttons/1969
 
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