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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 McLaren M6A is (1) of (8) overall race cars introduced for the Exclusive Grand Prix Series by Hot Wheels for their 1969 line up. Ira Gilford is credited with developing both the series ideal and this casting design for Mattel. It is (1) of the (2) open cock pit body style Grand Prix race cars issed in this series. It is known to have been distributed through 1970 as well.

It is based on the Can-Am racer, designed, built and driven by Bruce McLaren. McLaren and Denny Hulme won each race in and finished 1st and 2nd repectively in the 1967 Can-Am Challenge Series. In 1968, Mark Donohue also won the USRRC championship in a McLaren M6A. He won 6 of the 9 races held in that series. An orange enamel version was produced at the USA factory as a tribute to the typically orange body paint used on most all 1:1 McLaren race cars. Like most castings when an enamel paint version is made at the USA factory the HK plant also issued castings in the same paint color. But, no HK orange enamel oranged painted models are known for this casting. Instead, several HK Red enamel paint versions and one Dark Green example have recently surfaced in the late 2000s. McLaren castings can also be found in several intermediate colors such as light purple, yellow-orange and medium blue not officially listed below.

As this casting was produced at both the Hong Kong and USA factories, either a blue tinted windshield is present for those castings made in Hong Kong and a clear plastic window piece for the USA factory models. The rear engine cover pivets open to the rear. This feature under went a design change later in the production run. This changed added a peg to limit how far the rear hatch will open up. The HK body does not have the front fender vent details.

All models were produced with only a black interior, but some rare USA models do come with a brown interior.

Hong Kong bases have the usually 4 open holes for the Torsion Bar Suspension mounting points while the USA base piece is smooth on the outside.

In the USA, it was painted in (18) different Spectrflame colors ranging from the most common colors of - Green, Aqua, Brown, Orange Enamel, Red, Gold, Olive, Orange, Antifreeze, Blue, Purple, Rose, Lime Yellow, Light Blue, Yellow, Magenta, Light Green and Creamy Pink as rarest. This group represents all of the 1st generation paint colors as well as all the 2nd generation Spectraflame paint colors, but Hot Pink.

HK production included (9) Spectraflame paint colors in their casting run. Their list in increasing rarity order is - Red, Blue, Green, Aqua, Orange, Olive, Red Enamel, Dark Green Enamel and Purple.

Instead of a decal sheets this model also had a sticker sheet included that contained Bruce McLaren's original #4 race number on a white background.

All models came with Type 1 medium sized Redline wheel sets. HK wheels sets have chrome/foil wheels and USA wheel sets are painted silver. Castings distributed in 1971 are noted to have capped wheel sets.

This casting was issued with a corresponding collectors button featuring an Orange car image on a green background. The HK buttons come in both notched and smooth tab versions with the USA buttons only having smooth tabs.

An interesting observation of the still blister carded examples reviewed at various sites are that several are shown in regular mainline hanger cards instead of the green Grand Prix hanger cards.

A few bare metal zamac bodied castings are known. One has painted engine details. A lighter green enamel test paint car from a former Mattel employee's collection is also known.



Resource references -

http://hotwheels.wikia.com/wiki/McLaren_M6A
http://www.onlineredlineguide.com/69/69_mclaren_m6a/69_mclaren_m6a.html
http://www.hwredlines.com/menu-grp-cars/1969/6255-McLarenM6A/6255-US-cars.shtml
http://www.hwredlines.com/menu-grp-cars/1969/6255-McLarenM6A/6255-HK-cars.shtml
http://www.hwprotos.com/menu-grp-cars/1969/6255-McLarenM6A/6255x-US-McLarenM6A.shtml
http://www.hwprotos.com/menu-grp-cars/1969/6255-McLarenM6A/6255x-HK-McLarenM6A.shtml
http://www.nchwa.com/1969.html
The Elite Redline Guide (2010)
https://sites.google.com/site/redlinebuttons/Buttons/1969
 
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