Custom Corvette
Debut Series Sweet Sixteen
Produced 1968 (Original)
2005 - Present (Retool)
Designer Harry Bradley (Original)

Mark Jones (Retool)

Number 6215
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Custom Corvette Description

The Custom Corvette was one of the first cars released in the original 1968 Hot Wheels line-up.

According to lore, because of the fact that Harry Bradley worked for GM shortly before moving to Mattel, he snuck out copies of the blueprints for the real '68 Stingray and used them as a base for the Hot Wheels model. Since he was a designer there, he knew exactly where to get the materials for designing these new "hot wheels" in 1967.

When the first 16 Hot Wheels debuted in the summer of 1968 (the Custom Corvette was one of them), the cat was out of the bag, as Chevrolet's 1968 Corvette was not due out for another few months still. This worked out in a good way, as it created more hype for Chevrolet and the Stingray from both kids and adults alike.

The Muky Toys Co. of Argentina purchased (or illegally acquired) the old tools and dies for this casting when they were retired by Mattel and used them to make their plastic-bodied line of Hot Wheels clones in the 1970's, only sold in the Argentinan market

All USA versions had Clear glass, a steering wheel that was inserted in the dashboard and the end of the car was part of the base.

The Hong Kong versions on the other hand had Tinted (Blue) glass, a steering wheel that was part of the interior and the end of the car was part of the body.

USA Versions

The Custom Corvette has come out in the following versions (colors are desending in rarity from common to rare):

Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type cast# Country Notes / Variations Photo
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Red Unpainted
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Metal
Clear light Brown RL US 100 2982.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Olive Unpainted
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Metal
Clear White RL US Customcorvette.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Green Unpainted
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Metal
RL US Image Not Available.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Blue Unpainted
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Metal
RL US 100 5521.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Rose Unpainted
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Metal
Clear White RL US RLcrvette.JPG
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame orange Unpainted
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Metal
RL US Image Not Available.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame purple Unpainted
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Metal
Clear White RL US 100 2984.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Antifreeze Lime Unpainted
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Metal
Clear White RL US 100 2983-0.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame aqua Unpainted
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Metal
RL US Image Not Available.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame gold Unpainted
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Metal
RL US Image Not Available.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame magenta Unpainted
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Metal
RL US Image Not Available.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame windex blue Unpainted
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Metal
RL US Image Not Available.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame light blue Unpainted
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Metal
RL US Image Not Available.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame yellow Unpainted
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Metal
RL US Image Not Available.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame brown Unpainted
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RL US Image Not Available.jpg

Hong Kong Versions

The Custom Corvette has come out in the following versions (colors are desending in rarity from common to rare):

Year Series Color sticker Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type cast# Country Notes / Variations Photo
1968 Sweet 16 Spectraflame Red Unpainted
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Metal
Blue tint White RL HK
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1968 Sweet 16 Spectraflame Olive Unpainted
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Metal
Blue tint Brown RL HK 100 2981.jpg
1968 Sweet 16 Spectraflame Blue Unpainted
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Metal
Blue tint Brown RL HK 100 2978.jpg
1968 Sweet 16 Spectraflame Aqua Unpainted
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Metal
Blue tint RL HK Image Not Available.jpg
1968 Sweet 16 Spectraflame Green Unpainted
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Metal
Blue tint Brown RL HK 100 2979.jpg
1968 Sweet 16 Spectraflame Purple Unpainted
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Metal
Blue tint RL HK Image Not Available.jpg
1968 Sweet 16 Spectraflame Brown Unpainted
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Metal
Blue tint light Brown RL HK 100 3088.jpg
1968 Sweet 16 Spectraflame Orange Unpainted
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Metal
Blue tint White RL HK 100 2977.jpg
1968 Sweet 16 Spectraflame Gold Unpainted
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Metal
Blue tint Brown RL HK 100 2980.jpg
1968 Sweet 16 Spectraflame Creamy Pink Unpainted
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Metal
Blue tint RL HK Image Not Available.jpg

2005 Retooled versions

The retooled Custom Corvette has come out in the following versions:

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
5 2005 HWC.com 4 Neo Classics Spectraflame Pink Pink Ghost Flames on Side Unpainted
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Metal
Clear Tan RL H2924 China 2005hwcneoclassicscustomcorvette.jpg
4 2007 RLC Rewards White Light Blue Graphics, Black "4", Sponsor Logos Unpainted
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Metal
Light Blue Tint White RL China 2007rlcrewardscustomcorvette.jpg
2018 HWC.com Original 16 Display Spectraflame Ice Blue Black Grille, Tail Lights, Black Rear Panel, Black Roof Blue RL Opening Hood HWC Original 16 Display Set Custom Corvette.jpg
2019 19th Annual Hot Wheels Nationals Convention Spectraflame Pink White Stripe on Rear Neo RL 2019 19th Annual Collectors Nationals RLC Club Exclusive Custom Corvette Pink.jpg

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