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Bugeye
Debut Series 1971 Hot Wheels
Produced 1971-1972, 1973
Designer Larry Wood
Number 6178
Bugeye

Description

The Bugeye is a Hot Wheels casting designed by Larry Wood which debuted in the 1971 Hot Wheels range of vehicles. It is a wedge shaped car with a divided seating section which inspires its name. It features an opening engine compartment in the rear which can be found with or without power bugle scoops

For its initial release, it was manufactured in both the USA and Hong Kong in various Spectraflame colours from 1971 to 1972. USA releases of the Bugeye all have clear glass and white interiors, and could be found with either the scooped or smooth engine cover. Hong Kong releases all have blue tinted glass and dark interiors and can only found with the scooped engine cover.

1971 versions came packaged on a 'California Custom Miniatures' card with either artwork of the Mantis or Custom Otto and came with a plastic 'collectors button'. It was also manufactured in 1972 and came packaged on a 'Drivin Gear' card without the 'collectors button'.

The Bugeye was also released in 1973 as a Shell Promo, a giveaway promotional car handed out to customers at Shell service stations. As with other 1973 cars, it lost its Spectraflame paint which was replaced with enamel paint. These releases were manufactured in Hong Kong and as such, had blue tinted windows and dark interiors just like their 1971 counterparts. As with many 1973 vehicles, the Bugeye was found with the new-style 'Hole-Through' Redline wheels on the front and the older 'Capped' style Redline wheels on the rear. 

The Bugeye was also manufactured by CIPSA in Mexico, these versions are very hard to find and are usually in poor condition. (More information below).

The Bugeye has not been seen since 1973.

USA Versions

The Bugeye has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Year Series Color / Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Aqua Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL 6178 USA Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Blue Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL 6178 USA Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Light Blue Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL 6178 USA Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Green Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL 6178 USA Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Light 'Apple' Green Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL 6178 USA Bugeye
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Magenta Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL 6178 USA Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Pink Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL 6178 USA Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Red Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL 6178 USA Bugeye1971RedUSA
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Rose Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL 6178 USA Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Gold Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL 6178 USA Rare Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Yellow Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL 6178 USA Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Orange Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL 6178 USA Very Rare, Pre-Production only Image Not Available

Hong Kong Versions

The Bugeye has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Year Series Color / Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Aqua Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Dark RL 6178 Hong Kong BugeyeAqua
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Blue Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Dark RL 6178 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Green Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Dark RL 6178 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Light Green Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Dark RL 6178 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Magenta Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Dark RL 6178 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Purple Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Dark RL 6178 Hong Kong Rare Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Red Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Dark RL 6178 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Yellow Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Dark RL 6178 Hong Kong BugeyeYel

1973 Shell Promo Versions

The Bugeye has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Year Series Color / Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
1973 Shell Promo Fluorescent Lime Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Dark RL Shell05 Hong Kong Bugeye-1973 Shell Promo.Lime
1973 Shell Promo Fluorescent Green Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Dark RL Shell05 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1973 Shell Promo Fluorescent Pink Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Dark RL Shell05 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1973 Shell Promo Enamel Dark Blue Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Dark RL Shell05 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1973 Shell Promo Enamel Light Blue Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Dark RL Shell05 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1973 Shell Promo Enamel Red Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Dark RL Shell05 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1973 Shell Promo Enamel Yellow Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Dark RL Shell05 Hong Kong Image Not Available

CIPSA Versions

In the early 1970's, the Bugeye was manufactured by CIPSA in Mexico for the Mexican market using the scooped engine cover casting. These versions differ from the regular versions in a couple of small ways. The interior is a stark white compared to the creamier white of the 1971 USA versions, and the glass is clear but appears to have a very pale blue tint. Despite being manufactured in Mexico, they are still marked with 'Hong Kong' on the base.

The Bugeye has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Color Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Country Notes / Variations 'Photo
Enamel Dark Blue Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL Hong Kong Image Not Available
Gold Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL Hong Kong Image Not Available
Gold Unpainted / Metal Clear White BW Hong Kong Image Not Available
Enamel Light Green Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL Hong Kong Image Not Available
Enamel Light Green Unpainted / Metal Clear White BW Hong Kong Image Not Available

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