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The Ferrari 512S was designed by Paul Tam for Mattel. It is based on the Ferrari 512 S Speciale shown at the 1969 Turin Salon. It was produced in Hong Kong for only 1 year of distribution. This casting carries the California Custom Miniatures designation on their still carded examples, but with the Spring Bar Suspension design noted as used on this casting.

There are (7) known Spectraflame Era paint colors used. They range from the most common colors of LIght Green, Gold, Blue, Magenta. Rose and Red as hard to find. With Aqua noted as the rarest color used.

There are two main moving design features for this casting body. First is an opening rear engine cover that opens up and back. The louvers on the outside of this cover piece are painted flat black. The second design feature is another opening passenger cover that pivots up and forward.

This piece has a blue tinted glass piece noted to be removable.

The wedge shaped nose has two closed light openings and depressed air intakes on the front.

Interions for this model were only made in black plastic.

Parts of the bare metal chassis are visible as the lower front fenders and lower nose edge, the rocker panels and the rear panel. A differential and twin exhaust pipes are also part of the rear end details carried by the unpainted chassis.

Four medium sized wheels are fitted all around.

Some castings were issued with a Hong Kong plastic collector button showing the mag wheel stickered "Wheel Button" to the Canadian markets which included some Northern USA Cities/States.

In 1973, it was issued in the Shell Promo series in various enamel paint colors.

It has also appeared in several different Hot Wheels Elite series line ups over the years.



Referenced resources -

http://hotwheels.wikia.com/wiki/Ferrari_512S
http://hotwheels.wikia.com/wiki/Ferrari_512S_(1973)
http://www.onlineredlineguide.com/72/72_ferrari_512s/72_ferrari_512s.html
http://www.hwredlines.com/menu-grp/hw-72.shtml
http://www.hwprotos.com/menu-grp/hw-72.shtml
http://www.nchwa.com/1972.html
https://sites.google.com/site/redli...-to-hot-wheel-castings/1972/6021-ferrari-512s
The Elite Redline Guide (2010)
https://sites.google.com/site/redlinebuttons/Buttons/1972
 
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