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Custom Camaro
Debut Series 1968 Hot Wheels
Produced 1968-1969
Designer Harry Bradley
Number 6208
Customcamaro

The Enamel White Prototype

With most Early Redline cars comes some secretive history, with most of them having at least one rare variant, be it the Cheetah Python, the aqua no-sunroof Custom Volkswagen, or the white int. Red Baron. But the history behind the Custom Camaro is a little more in perspective. The Custom Camaro was the very first Hot Wheel to escape the drawing board and be released to the public. The enamel white variant is a prototype, because what designers did with all new cars, is that they coated them with an enamel white or black coat to check for imperfections. Only a few were known to be mistakenly packaged and released to retailers. This car is extremely rare to find at all, let alone in the blister pack. According to Michael Zarnock's "Warman's Hot Wheels Field Guide: 3rd Edition (Values and Identification)", this is the third rarest Hot Wheels car to exist, and has a value of up to $2,500+ loose. The value for it still in the blister pack is immeasurable. No enamel black versions were found to this day...

Some History

In '67 when Mattel's biggest customer for their product line J.C. Penneys was approached about the new line of toy cars they were going to release. Salesman put on a big show racing the cars down tracks. After their demonstration of this new product line, they asked how many would J.C. Penney possibly purchase. Well the number JC Penney was willing to purchase exceeded the total production amount Mattel had anticipated. So another manufacturing plant had to be facilitated. Mattel purchased a plant in Hong Kong


By Mattel's account this was the very first Hot Wheel casting made, this does have some strong merit in today's collector's eye. Many years of independent research and study into the history of hot wheels has been done. With some very interesting prototypes being discovered.

Custom Camaro Description

Custom Camaro was one of the first cars released in the 1968 Hot Wheels line-up.The "Original 16" or Sweet Sixteen" were released in spring of '68. This casting was One of the First in the line-up. Chevrolet had just released a new model during the design stages of the Hot Wheels car, it was the 1967 Camaro. So Harry made one too. It seems both would be a big hit.


Interior's come in assorted colors, with the most interesting, the early Hong Kong casting having matching colors Blue on Blue and Antifreeze on Dark Green.

Early USA bases had the four open hole design, like there counter part Hong Kong, but they were a bean shape hole. Known as the Kidney Bean Base. Another version is the Tabbed base.

USA cars do not have door-lines, but the Hong Kong casting does.

Early Hong Kong has a painted tail, same color as the car.

Early Hong Kong cars have deepdish wheels, some all four, some just the front two

Some have been found with Heavy Chevy windows

It is suggested that no other car has more variations than this car.

There was no "series" in 1968. Just the regular line-up. So collector's call it the "sweet 16 or " original 16"

USA Versions

The Custom Camaro has come out in the following 1/64 scaled versions:

Notes: Clear windows, No door lines, flat less detail base. Steering wheel part of the interior, silver paint on wheels.

Colors are desending in rarity from common to rare.

Year Color Roof Color Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
1968 Spectraflame Blue Black Metal Clear RL 6208 USA Custom Camaro
1968 Spectraflame Blue Metal Clear RL 6208 USA Image Not Available
1968 Spectraflame AntiFreeze Black Metal Clear RL 6208 USA Image Not Available
1968 Spectraflame Lime Black Metal Clear RL 6208 USA Image Not Available
1968 Spectraflame Green Metal Clear RL 6208 USA CustomCamaroGrn
1968 Spectraflame Red Black Metal Clear RL 6208 USA 68 camaro US Red Black roof Flyin Colors
1968 Spectraflame Antifreeze Metal Clear RL 6208 USA Image Not Available
1968 Spectraflame Medium Blue Metal Clear RL 6208 USA Image Not Available
1968 Spectraflame Olive Metal Clear RL 6208 USA Image Not Available
1968 Spectraflame Aqua Metal Clear RL 6208 USA 68 Camaro US Ice Aqua
1968 Spectraflame Lime Metal Clear RL 6208 USA Image Not Available
1968 Spectraflame Purple Metal Clear RL 6208 USA 68 camaro US Purple Flyin Colors
1968 Spectraflame Red Metal Clear RL 6208 USA Image Not Available
1968 Spectraflame Rose Metal Clear RL 6208 USA Image Not Available
1968 Spectraflame Light Blue Metal Clear RL 6208 USA Image Not Available
1968 Spectraflame Creamy Pink Metal Clear RL 6208 USA Image Not Available
1968 Spectraflame Copper Metal Clear RL 6208 USA Image Not Available
1968 Spectraflame Orange Metal Clear RL 6208 USA Image Not Available
1968 Spectraflame Gold Metal Clear RL 6208 USA Image Not Available
1968 Spectraflame Dark Brown Metal Clear RL 6208 USA Image Not Available
1968 Enamel White Metal Clear RL 6208 USA Prototype Image Not Available

Hong Kong Versions

The Custom Camaro has come out in the following 1/64 scaled versions:

Notes: Blue tinted glass, door lines, four square holes & more detailed base. Steering wheel stuck into the interior, chrome foil on wheels.

Colors are desending in rarity from common to rare.

Year Color Roof Color Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
1968 Spectraflame Blue Black Metal Blue tint Blue RL 6208 HK Blue on blue HK flyin colors
1968 Spectraflame Blue Black Metal Blue tint RL 6208 HK Image Not Available
1968 Spectraflame Antifreeze Black Metal Blue tint RL 6208 HK Image Not Available
1968 Spectraflame Blue Metal Blue tint RL 6208 HK Image Not Available
1968 Spectraflame Orange Metal Blue tint RL 6208 HK Orange HK flyin color
1968 Spectraflame Aqua Metal Blue tint RL 6208 HK Image Not Available
1968 Spectraflame Green Metal Blue tint RL 6208 HK Image Not Available
1968 Spectraflame Gold Metal Blue tint RL 6208 HK Image Not Available
1968 Spectraflame Red Metal Blue tint RL 6208 HK Image Not Available
1968 Spectraflame Olive Metal Blue tint RL 6208 HK Image Not Available
1968 Spectraflame Purple Metal Blue tint RL 6208 HK 163522 10151516989232500 1120860775 n
1968 Spectraflame Copper Metal Blue tint RL 6208 HK Image Not Available
1968 Spectraflame Metal Blue tint RL 6208 HK Image Not Available
1968 Spectraflame Brown Metal Blue tint RL 6208 HK Image Not Available
1968 Spectraflame Aqua Black Metal Blue tint RL 6208 HK Image Not Available
1968 Spectraflame Orange Black Metal Blue tint RL 6208 HK Image Not Available
1968 Spectraflame Purple Black Metal Blue tint RL 6208 HK Image Not Available
1968 Spectraflame Creamy Pink Metal Blue tint RL 6208 HK Image Not Available

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