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I started the cross reference of this casting thread with other listed reference links today. If any (?) 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 Torero was designed by Ira Gilford and attributed to be another unique concept design model. But, most people associate it with being a tribute to the Chevrolet Corvette, but the casting resembles the 1968 Dodge Charger Mk III concept car more. Today, these type of castings are most often referred to as fantasy castings by collects and enthusiasts alike.

Production runs occurred only at the USA factory through 1971. Subsequently it comes with only a clear wrap around window piece. The body features a front hinged opening hood, fender vents (exhaust pipes?) and additional (engine) vents over the rear tires. The rear panel is a part of the base piece and most have a thin red rear light painted across the entire upper width. The Spectraflame Red and Orange castings do not have the painted rear light. A few examples with black painted rear vents are known, but not verified as factory added details. Note that the reference image to this detail also shows a black painted rear panel. Interior pieces can be found in either light (white/cream) or dark (brown) colors.

There are (19) known Spectraflame paint colors used. They range from the most common colors of Aqua, Green, Red, Blue, Gold, Lime Yellow, Orange, Antifreeze, Brown, Olive, Rose, Copper, Purple, Light Blue, Magenta, Creamy Pink, Yellow, Light Green and Hot Pink as the rarest color used. (Like with the Turbofire, paint color listings vary from site to site by name, rarity and photo image rederences as well.)

Four base variations are know for the bare metal piece. Early production pieces have small circled C's, R's and casting mount holes. Note that the forward mounting hole was open with the rear closed. As was the practice common to all USA production base castings, these circled letters became larger as design revisions occured. For the Torero the 3rd base version also saw a larger rear casting mount hole with the forward hole now being closed as well. This version is the most common type base found for the entire production run. In the 4th version all the text lines were shifted closer to the left edge of the information box on the base and the front casting mount hole became larger.

Most cars left the factory with medium sized Type 1 style Redline wheels up front and larged sized ones in back. Later production runs painted in 2nd generation colors of Hot Pink, Light "Apple" Green and Magenta can be found with capped style wheels.

Each casting was issued with 1 of 3 metal collector buttons with a gold casting image with dark orange highlights on a purple background. The Hong Kong versions came with either a notched or smooth tab and the USA buttion only with a smooth tab.



Referenced resources -

http://hotwheels.wikia.com/wiki/Torero
http://www.onlineredlineguide.com/69/69_torero/69_torero.html
http://www.hwredlines.com/menu-grp-cars/1969/6260-Torero/6260-US-cars.shtml
http://www.hwprotos.com/menu-grp-cars/1969/6260-Torero-grp.htm
The Elite Redline Guide (2010)
https://sites.google.com/site/redlinebuttons/Buttons/1969
 

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As per the new information added today to the above post. This base photo of my childhood Torero is from the most common 3rd design version. According to most sites the Spectraflame paint color listing resource for this castubg would be called orange, but I would call it copper instead. With their version of copper being a better fit to light brown used for some other castings who call this paint color seen below - copper. :rolleyes:


1969 Hot Wheels (6260) Torero
by Milton Fox, on Flickr
 

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Snap these lovelies now folks, very under rated and cheap for now...I have the copper, antifreeze and red ones, I want more :x
 

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I agree. This one would not be hard to accumulate a nice rainbow of... prices not that bad on them, even now.

I have been thru a few of these, acquiring and selling some, maybe because of wheels or toning. Have stopped with 2... one is a nice gold one that looks like some kid colored in the top vents in black... and the one below that either the rare antifreeze one, or just toned lime. Is way too light to be olive, and if it is toned,, it is a verrry consistent tone all the way over the car. (other cars pictured are all lime, as far as I know.. even included the "belt-buckle" 67 Camaro blackwall)

 
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