Designed after the 1967 Pontiac Firebird this is one of the original 'Sweet 16' Redline Mattel Hot Wheels sold between 1968-1969. Original Hot Wheels toys were made in Hong Kong and the U.S. and there were differences in interior/exterior color combinations in early production models. This color set is the Spectraflame green exterior paint, which is somewhat uncommon on Hong Kong-made Firebirds, with the dark brown interior and black steering wheel, blue-tinted windshield and the hood opens to show silver color engine. Car sits on four silver-painted 5-spoke mag Redline wheels, slight wear to 'chrome' wheel color. The hood seems to rise a bit above the line of the fender on the driver's side, possible this slight misalignment can be rectified but I won't mess with such things so its going to cruise over to its new owner's garage the same way it came to me many years ago. Light toning on all sides and looking it over with a loupe I spotted a few tiny pecks in the green Spectraflame paint. Also note the ding in the black grill paint and that the red paint of the taillights has chipping around the edges. Still not a bad condition report for an almost 50 year old toy that saw some play. 'Drives' smooth and easy and displays well. Center marked "HOT WHEELS Custom Firebird 1967 Mattel Inc. U.S. & For. Pats. Pend." (1967 was the year the toy's design was patented, not the year it was made) and "Hong Kong" behind rear tire on driver's side. Measures 3 inches long by 1 1/16 inch wide.
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COLLECTION: A time machine on a shelf; a museum in the kitchen. Reach out to touch the memory of sweet childhood laughter.