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T-4-2
Debut Series 1971 Hot Wheels
Produced 1971
Designer Larry Wood
Number 6177
T-4-2

Description

The T-4-2 is a Hot Wheels casting which debuted in the 1971 Hot Wheels range of vehicles. Its name is a pun on the song "Tea for Two", and shows what would happen if the front ends of two Ford Model T's were fused together. Each end of the car has an engine, and a front bumper. A question mark decorates each door, illustrating the car's confusion.

It was produced at the Hong Kong production facility and came painted in various Spectraflame colors. It came with blue tinted glass and a dark brown interior and was packaged with a plastic 'Collectors Button'. The black plastic roof is often found missing on cars in less-than-mint condition and has been reproduced.

As with most cars from the 'Spectraflame Era' (1968-1972), there can be some confusion in colors due to shade differences in the paint. A certain variation which receives skepticism is the existence of a Spectraflame Gold version. Some people believe that these so-called 'Gold' cars are actually just a darker shade of the regular Spectraflame Yellow paint and not a completely separate color. Some cars have also been described as 'Watermelon' but are regarded to be lighter shade of Spectraflame Red.

It could be found on cards featuring the Custom Otto (1971) or the Mantis (1972). It could be also found on cards with a 'Zappit Pak' accessory, a rubber-band powered launcher.

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

The T-4-2 has not been seen since 1971.

Versions

The T-4-2 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 Photo
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Blue None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Dark Brown RL 6177 Hong Kong Hard to Find T-4-2
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Aqua None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Dark Brown RL 6177 Hong Kong Hard to Find Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Green None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Dark Brown RL 6177 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Light 'Apple' Green None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Dark Brown RL 6177 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Lime None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Dark Brown RL 6177 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Yellow None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Dark Brown RL 6177 Hong Kong YellowT42
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Gold None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Dark Brown RL 6177 Hong Kong Speculative Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Red None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Dark Brown RL 6177 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Magenta None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Dark Brown RL 6177 Hong Kong Hard to Find Image Not Available

CIPSA Versions

In the early 1970's, the T-4-2 was manufactured by CIPSA in Mexico for the Mexican market. These versions differ from the regular versions in a couple of small ways. The interior is white compared to black of the 1971 USA versions, and the radiator is unpainted rather than black. Despite being manufactured in Mexico, they are still marked with 'Hong Kong' on the base.

The T-4-2 has come out in the following versions:

Color Stickers Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Country Notes / Variation Photo
Metallic Red None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) White RL Hong Kong Image Not Available
Metallic Blue None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) White RL Hong Kong Image Not Available
Metallic Green None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) White RL Hong Kong Image Not Available
Enamel Mustard Yellow None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) White RL Hong Kong Image Not Available

Gallery

Trivia

  • It was based on a real-life hot rod Larry Wood saw as a child.
  • It was originally called 'Which Way' prior to production