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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 Police Cruiser casting was designed by Ira Gilford and based on the late '60s model Plymouth Fury sedan. It was the first model to feature a tampo design stamped on all four doors. The word "Police" was stamped on the front doors and a badge emblem on the back doors. It was distributed in the USA main casting line up as a California Custom Miniature for two years and represents the first emergency services casting for Hot Wheels.

Produced at the USA factory only, it only comes with a clear, but lightly smoke tinted windshields. The very first production runs are models painted with all black hood, trunk, fenders and rocker panels. Some sites reference these models as prototypes. This variation also carries the words POLICE CRUISER embossed on the base as the casting name. Later runs had only the hood and trunk painted all black. The base name also changed to be only CRUISIER. All castings came with either a clear or opaque red light on the roof flanked by two sirens. The opaque version is found less often. Interiors are primarily light (white/cream) colored, but the use of olive interiors is also noted. The front bumper and grill of the casting is part of the base piece of the casting. The rear panel was painted white and had red painted tail lights.

A light blue (hood & trunk) and white prototype casting with no tampos is know to exist with a clear red top light cover.

All cars are fitted with medium sized Type I Redline wheels.

Each casting was issued with a Hong Kong designed metal collector button. The notched version shows a blue and white casting image on a green background, while the smooth tabbed version has a light grey (?) and white image.

Several prototypes are referenced that overlap with castings that other sites note as being early production vehicles. A red enamel version is also noted, but is probably related to the Fire Chief castings. An all white and a white with blue panels are also referenced.



Resource references -

http://hotwheels.wikia.com/wiki/Custom_Police_Cruiser
http://www.onlineredlineguide.com/69/69_custom_police_cruiser/69_custom_police_cruiser.html
http://www.hwredlines.com/menu-grp-cars/1969/6269-customPoliceCruiser/6269-US-cars.shtml
http://www.hwprotos.com/menu-grp-cars/1969/6269-PoliceCruiser/6269-PoliceCruiser-Ugrp.shtml
http://www.nchwa.com/1969.html
The Elite Redline Guide (2010)
https://sites.google.com/site/redlinebuttons/Buttons/1969
http://www.hallsguide.com/1969-redline-series/
 
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