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Ford J-Car
Debut Series 1968 Hot Wheels
Produced 1968 Only (Original Casting)

2010 Only (Retool)

Designer Harry Bradley
Number #6214
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Description

With the continuing success of the GT40 MkI and MkII, for the 1966 Season, Ford sought to make a lighter and more aerodynamic version of the GT40. The result was the Ford J-Car. Unlike the pervious versions of the GT40, the J-Car was built in the USA by Kar Kraft. It still retained the 427ci 7.0L 'Big Block' from the MkII, but the body and chassis were ditched for a 'breadvan' design with a honeycomb aluminum tub chassis. 

One car was built and was sent to Le Mans 1966 for testing where it posted the fastest time in practice sessions. Despite this, Ford decided to race the GT40 MkII was had proven reliablity, and fortunately so becuase they came away victorious with a 1-2-3 finish. 

After Le Mans, development continued on the J-Car project with another car being constructed. Driven by Ken Miles (1966 Le Mans 2nd Place) during a tesing session, the J-Car suddenly lost control and the end of Riverside Raceway's one mile long straight. Spearing off the track and over an embankment, the car hit the ground and flew end-over-end several times, ejecting Miles, before coming to rest and bursting into flames, totally destroying the car and killing Miles. After the accident, a more conventional and aerodynamic design with a stronger chassis was implemented, known as the Ford MkIV.

The Hot Wheels Ford J-Car was designed by Harry Bradley, and debuted in the 1968 Lineup as part of the 'Original 16' castings. It was painted in various 'Spectraflame' colors as well as white enamel, mimicking the real car. It features an opening rear hatch which displays the engine and #1 racing stickers and stripes. It was manufactured in both the USA and Hong Kong factories, with some differences between the two. USA cars only came with clear windows, had an unpainted metal base, and most commonly a black interior (Dark Brown and Tan can be found). Hong Kong cars came with blue windows, a painted base which extends to the sides of the car and only black interiors. 

Some early produced Hong Kong J-Cars could be found with vents in the top of the hatch, these were omitted later in production. Also, some cars have what is known as a 'Hidden Hinge' where the hinge for the rear hatch is designed in a way that cannon be seen, this is only found on early production Hong Kong cars. Another variation is the size of the steering wheel, again, this is only found on Hong Kong cars. Early USA built cars have a hatch that opens completely, while later in production a stopper was added to prevent this from happening. 

The 'Enamel Blue' version of the J-Car is rumored to have been a promotional give-away at the 1969 Indianapolis 500, although there is no evidence to back up these claims. Contrary to the name, these cars are actually Spectraflame blue, painted over the top of white enamel.

In 2010, the Ford J-Car was retooled for the 2010 HWC Neo Classics Series. 

USA Versions

The Ford J-Car has come out in the following versions:

Colors are desending in rarity from common to rare.

Year Series Color Stickers Base Color / Types Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Cast # Country Notes / Variations Photo
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Lime green #1 and 'Ford' stripes Unpainted / Metal Clear Black RL 6214 USA Image Not Available
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Purple #1 and 'Ford' stripes Unpainted / Metal Clear Black RL 6214 USA Ford J-Car-1968 USA Purple
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Brown #1 and 'Ford' stripes Unpainted / Metal Clear Black RL 6214 USA Image Not Available
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Rose #1 and 'Ford' stripes Unpainted / Metal Clear Black RL 6214 USA Image Not Available
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Blue #1 and 'Ford' stripes Unpainted / Metal Clear Black RL 6214 USA Image Not Available
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Green #1 and 'Ford' stripes Unpainted / Metal Clear Black RL 6214 USA GreenJCar
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Enamel White #1 and 'Ford' stripes Unpainted / Metal Clear Black RL 6214 USA Image Not Available
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Light Blue #1 and 'Ford' stripes Unpainted / Metal Clear Black RL 6214 USA Image Not Available
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Aqua #1 and 'Ford' stripes Unpainted / Metal Clear Black RL 6214 USA Fordjcarblue
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Olive #1 and 'Ford' stripes Unpainted / Metal Clear Black RL 6214 USA Image Not Available
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Red #1 and 'Ford' stripes Unpainted / Metal Clear Black RL 6214 USA Image Not Available
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Gold #1 and 'Ford' stripes Unpainted / Metal Clear Black RL 6214 USA GoldJCar
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Orange #1 and 'Ford' stripes Unpainted / Metal Clear Black RL 6214 USA Image Not Available
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Enamel Blue #1 and 'Ford' stripes Unpainted / Metal Clear Black RL 6214 USA Image Not Available
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Hot Pink #1 and 'Ford' stripes Unpainted / Metal Clear Black RL 6214 USA Image Not Available
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Creamy Pink #1 and 'Ford' stripes Unpainted / Metal Clear Black RL 6214 USA Image Not Available
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Antifreeze #1 and 'Ford' stripes Unpainted / Metal Clear Black RL 6214 USA Image Not Available

Hong Kong Versions

The Ford J-Car has come out in the following versions:

Colors are desending in rarity from common to rare.

Year Series Color Sticker Base Color / Types Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Cast # Country Notes / Variations Photo
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Enamel White #1 and 'Ford' stripes White / Metal Blue Black RL 6214 Hong Kong Fordjcar
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Red #1 and 'Ford' stripes Spectraflame Red / Metal Blue Black RL 6214 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Enamel White #1 and 'Ford' stripes White / Metal Blue Black RL 6214 Hong Kong Hidden hinge Image Not Available
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Green #1 and 'Ford' stripes Green / Metal Blue Black RL 6214 Hong Kong Was only released on the

Italian 'Brucia Pista' blister pack.

Image Not Available
1968 1968 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Light Blue #1 and 'Ford' stripes Light Blue / Metal Blue Black RL 6214 Hong Kong Image Not Available

Retooled Versions

The Ford J-Car has come out in the following re-tooled versions:

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Types Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
3/6 2010 HotWheelsCollectors.com Series 9 Spectraflame Powder Blue White gumball with Black "1" inside on the hood and on the sides. Black stripes on side. Chrome-Plated Metal Clear Black RL R8389 Thailand

Neo-Classics

5000 Produced

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N/A 2014 HotWheelsCollectors.com Original 16 Series Specraflame Dark Green Number “2” on hood and sides Unpainted / Metal Clear Silver Replica RL BLR25 Thailand Base Code(s) Came with collectors button Image Not Available

Similar Castings Or Names

In 1999, Phil Riehlman designed a new Ford GT-40 casting. It was #16 of the 1999 First Editions. Although Bradley's and Riehlman's cars are both based on GT-40s, they are from different model years.

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