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Custom Corvette
Debut Series 1968 Hot Wheels
Produced 1968 - 1969

2005, 2007 (Retooled Version)

Designer Harry Bradley
Number 6215
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Custom Corvette Description

The Custom Corvette was one of the first cars released in the original 1968 Hot Wheels line-up.

According to lore, because of the fact that Harry Bradley worked for GM shortly before moving to Mattel, he snuck out copies of the blueprints for the real '68 Stingray and used them as a base for the Hot Wheels model. Since he was a designer there, he knew exactly where to get the materials for designing these new "hot wheels" in 1967.

When the first 16 Hot Wheels debuted in the summer of 1968 (the Custom Corvette was one of them), the cat was out of the bag, as Chevrolet's 1968 Corvette was not due out for another few months still. This worked out in a good way, as it created more hype for Chevrolet and the Stingray from both kids and adults alike.

The Muky Toys Co. of Argentina purchased (or illegally acquired) the old tools and dies for this casting when they were retired by Mattel and used them to make their plastic-bodied line of Hot Wheels clones in the 1970's, only sold in the Argentinan market

All USA versions had Clear glass, a steering wheel that was inserted in the dashboard and the end of the car was part of the base.

The Hong Kong versions on the other hand had Tinted (Blue) glass, a steering wheel that was part of the interior and the end of the car was part of the body.

USA Versions

The Custom Corvette has come out in the following versions (colors are desending in rarity from common to rare):

Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type cast# Country Notes / Variations Photo
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Red Unpainted / Metal RL US Image Not Available
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Olive Unpainted / Metal RL US Customcorvette
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Green Unpainted / Metal RL US Image Not Available
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Blue Unpainted / Metal RL US Image Not Available
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Rose Unpainted / Metal RL US RLcrvette
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame orange Unpainted / Metal RL US Image Not Available
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame purple Unpainted / Metal RL US Image Not Available
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame antifreeze Unpainted / Metal RL US Image Not Available
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame aqua Unpainted / Metal RL US Image Not Available
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame gold Unpainted / Metal RL US Image Not Available
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame magenta Unpainted / Metal RL US Image Not Available
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame windex blue Unpainted / Metal RL US Image Not Available
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame light blue Unpainted / Metal RL US Image Not Available
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame yellow Unpainted / Metal RL US Image Not Available
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame brown Unpainted / Metal RL US Image Not Available

Hong Kong Versions

The Custom Corvette has come out in the following versions (colors are desending in rarity from common to rare):

Year Series Color sticker Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type cast# Country Notes / Variations Photo
1968 Sweet 16 Spectraflame Red Metal Blue tint RL HK
Cusi corvette 68 red hk
1968 Sweet 16 Spectraflame Olive Metal Blue tint RL HK Image Not Available
1968 Sweet 16 Spectraflame Blue Metal Blue tint RL HK Image Not Available
1968 Sweet 16 Spectraflame Aqua Metal Blue tint RL HK Image Not Available
1968 Sweet 16 Spectraflame Green Metal Blue tint RL HK Image Not Available
1968 Sweet 16 Spectraflame Purple Metal Blue tint RL HK Image Not Available
1968 Sweet 16 Spectraflame Brown Metal Blue tint RL HK Image Not Available
1968 Sweet 16 Spectraflame Orange Metal Blue tint RL HK Image Not Available
1968 Sweet 16 Spectraflame Gold Metal Blue tint RL HK Image Not Available
1968 Sweet 16 Spectraflame Creamy Pink Metal Blue tint RL HK Image Not Available

Retooled versions

The retooled Custom Corvette has come out in the following versions:

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
- 2005 HotWheelsCollectors.com Series 4 - Neo-Classics #5 Spectraflame Pink Pink Ghost Flames on Side Unpainted / Metal Clear Tan RL H2924 China 2005hwcneoclassicscustomcorvette
- 2007 2007 Red Line Club Rewards Series #4 White Light Blue Graphics, Black "4", Sponsor Logos Unpainted / Metal Light Blue Tint White RL China 2007rlcrewardscustomcorvette

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