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There are still many lists and sites across the internet that already provide information about the first series of diecast cars called Hot Wheels first made and released by Mattel in 1968. Some of my favorites are the North Carolina Hot Wheels Association listings, the On Line Redline Guide and the Hot Wheels Wiki pages. Sadly we have already lost access to many more sites that have come and gone over the current life of the internet and their past information and images.

Overtime the first series of releases have commenly become known as "Red Lines" by most everyone who collects them. In reality the name of the first series is hidden in plan sight on the early blister cards as California Custom Miniatures.

The purpose of these section of threads are to bring that information together, clarify some descrepancies, ask questions about some of the information presented and provide a working reference list back to those remaining or archived sites.

And more importantly to provide a place for our current and Future HobbyTalk members to share there own Hot Wheels collection and stories.

So feel free to add your own favorite links, information, knowledge of and/or experiences with the "Redline Era" of Hot Wheels in this thread section as you have time or interest.



Other primary reference resources -

http://hotwheels.wikia.com/wiki/History_of_Hot_Wheels
http://www.angelfire.com/tn2/diecast/hwtimetable.html
http://www.hwredlines.com/menu-grp/hw-68.shtml
http://www.hwprotos.com/menu-grp/hw-68.shtml
The Elite Redline Guide (2010)
http://www.angelfire.com/tn2/diecast/hwtimetable.html
 

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I have started a thread for all 16 of the 1968 series castings now, but still need to go back and add some specifics about the Spectraflame paint colors used for many of the castings.

I also found some new to me resources on Muky castings and the 4 castings from 1968 that were made by them back in the 1970s. I also recognized a few more Grand Prix cars and other later Redlines and learned they also designed 7 of their own castings in house. Pretty good efforts for a family fumigation business.
 

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Ran into some more of those descrepancies in the listings with the '75, '76 and '77 castings. Going to take awhile to work thru them again. If anyone has some carded examples for those years. I would appreciate some card front and card back images of them to confirm what is included/indicated in the different resources. TIA - MFR :cheers2:
 

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I am back to working on the 1973 individual casting threads. As noted above and elsewhere - information on castings is less fleshed out and seems more individually speculative by the web site authors.

I have found and started adding a new resource on castings from the Hot Wheels Newsletter site - 1973 | Hot Wheels Newsletter It is been helpful in verifying previously reviewed information and adding additional confirmation on what is currently available on these castings.

I have noticed that the On Line Red Line Guide has shown some recent updates in 2017 and 2018 to its pages. http://www.onlineredlineguide.com/index.html

Communication with Mark at the https://sites.google.com/site/redlinebuttons/ site has also been fruitful! :cheers2:

A lot of work is needed in the Wiki Fandom site to clarify and remove a lot of inaccurate and misleading information and I have been taking notes, but want to finish this project first. The Matchbox collectors have stepped in to fix their Matchbox listing and hopefully some like mind Hot Wheels Collectors can do the same for them in regards to the Red Line Era listings.

Like always I am open to new resources and site listings here and welcome your own observations and images of especially carded Redlines, both front and back.

Happy collecting and thanks for being a part of HobbyTalk as a member or just a lurker in the backgroun or a visitor. I am seeing another round of new avatars and member names and extend my thanks to them for joining up. Along with some older members coming back to all the different board areas. :thumbsup:
 
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Well it took longer than I anticipated, but I have finally posted a thread on all the mainline Redlines issued from 1968 to 1977 and a few exclusive track and gift set castings as well. Most of them are WIP threads that need some grammer or detail updates, but the primary information is posted there now.

I did figure out the 1974 to 1977 carded images review from their fronts, but will need to research the 1968 to 1972 ones individually based on their still available card backs. :willy_nilly:

As above, I am open to questions, corrections and debate. As well as other resources and information.

Also need to reach out to our international collectors as I ran across a lot of distribution information to other countrys like France, Germany, Italy and Japan over the Redline Era.

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I have also made it to the last page of The Elite Redline Guide (2010) today! I updated the accessory lists this morning and just finished up the last section of prototype images listed in the book. About 25% of them had already been identified in the individual page listings, but most were not previously covered. A lot of those appeared to be production castings fitted with their prototype plastic pieces.

Threads for prototypes were updated for the Custom Mustang, Peeping Bomb, Beach Bomb, Bugeye, '36 Frod Coupe, Hot Heap, T-Bird, Boss Hoss, Custom Camaro, Heavy Chevy, T-N-T Bird, Nitty Gritty Kitty, King Kuda, Light My Firebrid, Custom Charger, Large Charge, Custom Firebird, Super Van, Maserati Mistral, Shelby Turbin, Jack Rabbit Special, Seasider, Continental Mark III, Custom Cougar, Police Cruiser '32 Ford Vicky, Mercedes-Benz 280SL, Alive '55, Paddy Wagon, Classic Cord, Brabam Repco F-1, Power Pad, Paddy Wagon, Motocross 1, Might Maverick, Moving Van, Fire Engine, Phython (Cheetah)

There were also a lot of gold painted castings from the Spoilers series. (Could these possibly be for a Mattel employee award. Many of those identified as included in awards plaques aor employee/customer give aways were done in gold colors or gold chrome.)

Not sure that the Cheetah is considered a true prototype as they were commerciall distributed as was the Mighty Maverick.
 
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