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Custom Barracuda
Debut Series Sweet Sixteen
Produced 1968 (Original)

2011 - Present (Retool)

Designer Harry Bradley (Original)
Number #6211
Custom Barracuda USA blue 1968 white Int


Description

The Custom Barracuda is a Hot Wheels casting designed by Harry Bradley which debuted in 1968 as part of the first sixteen Hot Wheels ever, sometimes known as the 'Sweet Sixteen'. It is based off the real-life 1967 Plymouth Barracuda.

It was manufactured in 1968 and 1969 at both the USA and Hong Kong factories, with some casting differences between the two countries of origin.

USA manufactured cars have clear glass and Hong Kong (HK) cars have blue tinted glass. USA Barracudas have a detailed interior which includes a dashboard and with a molded in steering wheel while HK cars have a flat piece of plastic representing the dashboard with a separate black steering wheel. USA cars could be found with a white or dark brown interior, while Hong Kong cars could be found with a white, brown-ish/gray, dark brown, silver or purple interior. Purple interiors are usually found in matching purple exterior cars, but have been known to appear (rarely) in Copper and Aqua cars.

The Custom Barracuda features an opening hood which reveals a detailed engine. USA cars have shorter 'power bulges' (hood scoops) and a thinner cowl than their Hong Kong counterparts. Some early HK manufactured cars could also be found with deeper power bulges than usual, these have only been found on Aqua and Purple cars.

Hong Kong cars have a detailed base including four square holes to view the Bent Axle Suspension, these holes are absent from USA built vehicles. There are also several minor base variations involving the size and addition of ™ and © symbols.

Some Custom Barracudas use a mix of parts from both USA and Hong Kong are are referred to as 'Hybrids'. Most 'Hybrid' Custom Barracudas use the USA body, glass and interior with a Hong Kong base. These are much harder to find than standard cars. This oddity was most likely due to material shortages or problems, which required parts to be shipped between factories. 

The Custom Barracuda was painted in a variety of Spectraflame colors, some of which are very rare. Unlike most early 'Redline Era' cars, the Custom Barracuda was never manufactured with a black roof. All Custom Barracudas came with delrin 'Bearing' Redline wheels, with some early produced vehicles from Hong Kong sporting 'Deep Dish' wheels on the front. All came packaged with a metal 'Collectors Button'.

In 1970, the Custom Barracuda was significantly modified and renamed King Kuda, and was released in the Spoilers series. Most notably, the King Kuda featured an exposed blown engine, replacing the one under the opening hood. It also came with the addition of prominent front and rear spoilers. 

In 2011, the Custom Barracuda was re-tooled for the HotWheelsCollectors.com RLC Membership. This casting appears to be based on the original USA casting. The re-tooled version has been used several times since.

USA Versions

The Custom Barracuda 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
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Light Blue None Unpainted / Metal Clear Several RL 6211 USA Hard To Find CustomBarracudaUSALightBlue
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Blue None Unpainted / Metal Clear Several RL 6211 USA Cuda Blue US 1968
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Aqua None Unpainted / Metal Clear Several RL 6211 USA Cuda aqua US 1968
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Green None Unpainted / Metal Clear Several RL 6211 USA CustomBarracudaUSAGreen
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Olive Green None Unpainted / Metal Clear Several RL 6211 USA Very Rare Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Antifreeze None Unpainted / Metal Clear Several RL 6211 USA Hard To Find 1968 US anticuda1 Flyin Colors
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Gold None Unpainted / Metal Clear Several RL 6211 USA Hard To Find CstmCudaGldW
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Copper None Unpainted / Metal Clear Several RL 6211 USA Hard To Find Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Red None Unpainted / Metal Clear Several RL 6211 USA Hard To Find CustomBarracudaUSARed
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Rose None Unpainted / Metal Clear Several RL 6211 USA Very Rare Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Creamy 'Lavender' Pink None Unpainted / Metal Clear Several RL 6211 USA Hard To Find CustomBarracudaUSACreamyPink
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Purple None Unpainted / Metal Clear Several RL 6211 USA Cuda purple US 1968

Hong Kong Versions

The Custom Barracuda 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
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Light Blue None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Several RL 6211 Hong Kong Hard To Find Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Blue None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Several RL 6211 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Aqua None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Several RL 6211 Hong Kong Aqua hong kong Cuda
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Green None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Several RL 6211 Hong Kong CustomBarracudaHKGreen
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Olive Green None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Several RL 6211 Hong Kong Very Rare Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Copper None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Several RL 6211 Hong Kong CstmCudaCprWCustomBarracudaHKCopperPurpInt
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Orange None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Several RL 6211 Hong Kong Rare CustomBarracudaHKOrange1
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Red None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Several RL 6211 Hong Kong Hard To Find Barracuda red
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Creamy 'Lavender' Pink None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Several RL 6211 Hong Kong Hard To Find Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Purple None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Several RL 6211 Hong Kong Cuda Purple on PurpleCustomBarraHKPurp

'Hybrid' Versions

The Custom Barracuda 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
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Blue None Unpainted / Metal Clear Several RL 6211 Hong Kong Very Rare Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Aqua None Unpainted / Metal Clear Several RL 6211 Hong Kong Rare Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Green None Unpainted / Metal Clear Several RL 6211 Hong Kong Very Rare Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Antifreeze None Unpainted / Metal Clear Several RL 6211 Hong Kong Hard To Find Shopping (2)
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Gold None Unpainted / Metal Clear Several RL 6211 Hong Kong Rare Cuda gold HK 1968
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Orange None Unpainted / Metal Clear Several RL 6211 Hong Kong Very Rare Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Rose None Unpainted / Metal Clear Several RL 6211 Hong Kong Hard To Find Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Purple None Unpainted / Metal Clear Several RL 6211 Hong Kong Hard To Find Image Not Available

Retooled Versions

The Custom Barracuda has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
N/A 2011 RLC Membership Chrome Red, Black & Silver Stripe on Side, Badges & Details Chrome / Metal Clear Black Neo-Classic RL V0472 Thailand 3,000 Produced CustomBarracuda RLC Chrome
N/A 2011 RLC Membership Spectraflame Red Red, Black & Silver Stripe on Side, Badges & Details Chrome / Metal Clear Black Neo-Classic RL V0473 Thailand 3,500 Produced CustomBarracuda RLC Red
N/A 2011 RLC Membership Spectraflame Blue Red, Black & Silver Stripe on Side, Badges & Details Chrome / Metal Clear Black Neo-Classic RL V0474 Thailand 4,000 Produced CustomBarracuda RLC Blue
N/A 2011 RLC Membership Spectraflame Purple Red, Black & Silver Stripe on Side, Badges & Details Chrome / Metal Clear Black Neo-Classic RL V0475 Thailand 4,500 Produced CustomBarracuda RLC Purple
4/4 2014 14th Annual Hot Wheels Nationals Convention - Finale Car Metallic Burgundy Checkered Flag and Blue Stripes on Side, Black Hood, Convention Logo on Roof Unpainted / Metal Clear Black RR5SP / Mini RR5SP BLR35 Thailand 1,200 Produced Image Not Available
4/4 2016 HWC.com Series 14 - Real Riders Spectraflame Antifreeze Black Stripe on Side, Black Hood, Bagdes & Details Chrome / Metal Clear Green Redline RR5SP / Redline Mini RR5SP DTH32 China 5,000 Produced HWC Series 14 Real Riders Custom Barracuda
N/A 2018 Original 16 Spectraflame Blue Black Grille, Tail Lights Chrome / Metal Tinted (Pale Blue) Black Neo-Classic RL FPN47 China 6,000 Produced HWC Original 16 Custom Barracuda
N/A 2018 HWC.com Original 16 Display Spectraflame Antifreeze Black Grille, Tail Lights Chrome / Metal Tinted (Pale Blue) Cream Neo-Classic RL FNC23 China 1,500 Produced HWC Original 16 Display Set Custom Barracuda

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Notes

  • Some releases of the re-tooled King Kuda have been named 'Custom Plymouth Barracuda'. This is a completely different casting.

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