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I did further updates to 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 Shelby Turbine is 1 of 4 open wheel style racers from the Exclusive Grand Prix Series introduced by Mattel for their Hot Wheels line up in 1969. It is 1 of 3 Indy style racers offered this year and through 1970 (or 1971). Ira Gilford is credited with developing both the series ideal and this casting design.

The casting is based on the design of Ken Wallis and built by Carroll Shelby with the intent to race at the 1968 Indianapolis 500. Most internet sites reference and/or confuse their history information with the history of the STP- Paxton turbine car built by Granatelli. This car did race at Indy in 1967 and crashed there before the race in 1968. And most of these same sites also include the same photo of the correct 1:1 Shelby racer and its unique nose design as is seen in the casting and also correctly identify it as the Shelby Turbine.

The casting was produced only in Hong Kong and features the standard blue tinted windshield and has a silver painted intake port to the left side of the driver towards the rear of the car body. USAC rule changes and lack of integrety with its re-design led Shelby to withdraw hi two Shelby prepared turbine cars from the 1968 Indy 500.

Most models were produced with a black interior, but some are known to exist with a tan/champagne color. These are noted to be hard to find. An even more rarer combination of Sprectraflame Red with a white colored insert piece are also known.

Eleven (11) Spectraflame colors are known to have been used during the two year production run. In increasing rarity they are - Aqua, Green, Red, Blue, Purple, Orange, Copper, Olive, Rose, Brown, Light Green and Red with a white interior. Some sites also distinguish between a Light and a Dark Purple color.

Like all the other open wheel racers. A red & silver Hot Wheels swoosh logo 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 the #69 number in a white rondel and a rectangular Shelby emblem and various other sponsor decals.

All castings are noted to have a bare metal chassis base with a single rectangular shaped hole in the base. This hole was to be the locator opening for the planned side saddle fuel tanks that never made it into production.

Unlike the other open wheel style racers from this series, the Shelby Turbine had only large Type 1 style Redline wheels at all four corners. The On Line Red LIne guide does show a red painted casting with capped wheels in their listings.

Like the other 3 open wheel castings from this years Grand Prix series group, this casting was issued with only one smooth tabbed Hong Kong design button version with a blue car image on an orange background.

A purple spectraflame prototype fitted with grey plastic side fuel tanks is known.



https://www.mecum.com/lots/CA0814-191280/1968-shelby-turbine-indy-car/
http://hotwheels.wikia.com/wiki/Shelby_Turbine
http://www.redlinegrandprix.com/Redline_GP_ShelbyTurbine.html
http://hotwheels.wikia.com/wiki/Wheel_Types
http://www.onlineredlineguide.com/69/69_shelby_turbine/69_shelby_turbine.html
http://www.hwredlines.com/menu-grp-cars/1969/6265-ShelbyTurbine/6265-HK-cars.shtml
http://www.hwprotos.com/menu-grp-cars/1969/6265-ShelbyTurbine/6265-ShelbyTurbine-Hgrp.shtml
http://www.nchwa.com/1969.html
The Elite Redline Guide (2010)
https://sites.google.com/site/redlinebuttons/Buttons/1969
 
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