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Bye-Focal
Debut Series 1971 Hot Wheels
Produced 1971
Designer Larry Wood
Number 6187
Byefocal

Description

The Bye-Focal is a Hot Wheels casting designed by Larry Wood which debuted in the 1971 Hot Wheels range of vehicles. It is based on a '70 Dodge Challenger with some serious vision. Featuring two Injected V-8's under glass on an elongated front clip, and a stubby shortened rear end.

All Bye-Focals were manufactured in Hong Kong and featured blue-tint glass and 'Capped' Redline wheels. Mostly produced with a clear blue hood, some can be found with a clear hood. Some can be found with a hard to find variation where the injectors on the engine are missing. Decals featuring a pair of glasses with "Bye-Focal" written on it are factory-applied on the driver's side, with an extra optional sticker to be applied by the user, also included in the package was a plastic 'collectors button'.

It was painted in various Spectraflame colors, of which Purple is the hardest to find and is regarded as one of the rarest of all Redline Hot Wheels from the Spectraflame Era (1968-1972). Due to shade differences in the Spectraflame painting process, the existence of a Spectraflame Olive version receives skepticism by collectors and is generally believed to be merely a regular Spectraflame Yellow which has 'Toned' (dulling of the metal) rather than a completely separate color.

The Bye-Focal is known to have issues with a metal fatigue called 'Crumbling' where the body or chassis develops cracks and literally crumbles into pieces.

In 1973, the Bye Focal was released without the clear hood and renamed the Show-Off

In 2003, the Bye-Focal was re-tooled for the HotWheelsCollectors.com Series 2 Super Chromes.

Original Versions

The Bye-Focal has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions, :

Year Series Color Sticker Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type cast # Country Notes / Variations Photo
1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Aqua 'Bye Focal' Unpainted / Metal Blue Tint Gray or Black Capped RL 6187 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Magenta 'Bye Focal' Unpainted / Metal Blue Tint Gray or Black Capped RL 6187 Hong Kong 1971 Magenta Bye-Focal
1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Light Green 'Bye Focal' Unpainted / Metal Blue Tint Gray or Black Capped RL 6187 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Blue 'Bye Focal' Unpainted / Metal Blue Tint Gray or Black Capped RL 6187 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Green 'Bye Focal' Unpainted / Metal Blue Tint Gray or Black Capped RL 6187 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Red 'Bye Focal' Unpainted / Metal Blue Tint Gray or Black Capped RL 6187 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Light Blue 'Bye Focal' Unpainted / Metal Blue Tint Gray or Black Capped RL 6187 Hong Kong Byefocal
1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Yellow 'Bye Focal' Unpainted / Metal Blue Tint Gray or Black Capped RL 6187 Hong Kong Some cars may look Olive Image Not Available
1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Purple 'Bye Focal' Unpainted / Metal Blue Tint Gray or Black Capped RL 6187 Hong Kong Very rare Image Not Available

No Injector Versions

The Bye-Focal has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions, :

Year Series Color Sticker Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type cast # Country Notes / Variations Photo
1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Green 'Bye Focal' Unpainted / Metal Blue Tint Dark Gray Capped RL 6187 Hong Kong GreenByeFocalNoInjectors
1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Blue 'Bye Focal' Unpainted / Metal Blue Tint Dark Gray Capped RL 6187 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Magenta 'Bye Focal' Unpainted / Metal Blue Tint Dark Gray Capped RL 6187 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Aqua 'Bye Focal' Unpainted / Metal Blue Tint Dark Gray Capped RL 6187 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Red 'Bye Focal' Unpainted / Metal Blue Tint Dark Gray Capped RL 6187 Hong Kong Extremely Rare Image Not Available

Retooled Versions

Col # Year Series Color / Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
4/4 2003 HotWheelsCollectors.com Series 2 - Super Chromes Chrome Chrome / Metal Tinted (Blue) White RL4 B2199 China 12,500 Produced 2003hwcsuperchromesbyefocal
2005 5th Annual Hot Wheels Nationals Convention - RLC Party Spectraflame Pink Chrome / Metal Tinted (Blue) White RL4 H9272 China Image Not Available
3b/4 2007 2007 RLC sELECTIONs Series #3b Spectraflame Light Blue Chrome / Metal Tinted White Red Line RR5SP L2112 China 7,716 Produced 2007rlcbyefocalselections

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