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What-4
Debut Series 1971 Hot Wheels
Produced 1971-1972
Designer Bob Lovejoy
Number 6001
What-4

Description

The What-4 is a Hot Wheels casting which debuted in the 1971 Hot Wheels range of vehicles. It's name is a play-on-words to what is likely a first reaction thought by viewers; "Four engines? What for?!". Although, pre-production artwork suggests its original name was 'Flat 8'.

It was made at the Hong Kong production facility and features a white plastic fin which can be raised or lowered by hand. Most cars have blue tinted glass but some can be found with clear glass. Interiors could be found in brown, white or black. It was packaged with a plastic 'collectors button'. In 1972 it was packaged on a "Drivin' Gear" card without a button.

The What-4 is known to have issues with a metal fatigue called 'Crumbling' where the body or chassis develops cracks and literally crumbles into pieces.

The What-4 has not been seen since its initial release, although an unrelated follow-up casting was created in 2004 called the What-4-2.

Versions

The What-4 has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Year Series Color Stickers Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Blue None Unpainted / Metal Clear or Blue Tint Black, Brown, or White RL 6001 Hong Kong What4Blue
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Aqua None Unpainted / Metal Clear or Blue Tint Black, Brown, or White RL 6001 Hong Kong What4Aqua
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Green None Unpainted / Metal Clear or Blue Tint Black, Brown, or White RL 6001 Hong Kong What4Green
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Light 'Apple' Green None Unpainted / Metal Clear or Blue Tint Black, Brown, or White RL 6001 Hong Kong What4LightAppleGreen
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Yellow None Unpainted / Metal Clear or Blue Tint Black, Brown, or White RL 6001 Hong Kong What4Yellow
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Red None Unpainted / Metal Clear or Blue Tint Black, Brown, or White RL 6001 Hong Kong What4Red
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Rose None Unpainted / Metal Clear or Blue Tint Black, Brown, or White RL 6001 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Magenta None Unpainted / Metal Clear or Blue Tint Black, Brown, or White RL 6001 Hong Kong What4Magenta
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Purple None Unpainted / Metal Clear or Blue Tint Black, Brown, or White RL 6001 Hong Kong What4Purple

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