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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 / Metal Clear light Brown RL US
100 2982
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Olive Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL US Customcorvette
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Green Unpainted / Metal RL US Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Blue Unpainted / Metal RL US Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Rose Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL US RLcrvette
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame orange Unpainted / Metal RL US Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame purple Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL US
100 2984
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame antifreeze /

Lime

Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL US
100 2983-0
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame aqua Unpainted / Metal RL US Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame gold Unpainted / Metal RL US Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame magenta Unpainted / Metal RL US Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame windex blue Unpainted / Metal RL US Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame light blue Unpainted / Metal RL US Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame yellow Unpainted / Metal RL US Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame brown Unpainted / Metal RL US Image Not Available

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 Metal Blue tint White RL HK
Cusi corvette 68 red hk
1968 Sweet 16 Spectraflame Olive Metal Blue tint Brown RL HK
100 2981
1968 Sweet 16 Spectraflame Blue Metal Blue tint Brown RL HK
100 2978
1968 Sweet 16 Spectraflame Aqua Metal Blue tint RL HK Image Not Available
1968 Sweet 16 Spectraflame Green Metal Blue tint Brown RL HK
100 2979
1968 Sweet 16 Spectraflame Purple Metal Blue tint RL HK Image Not Available
1968 Sweet 16 Spectraflame Brown Metal Blue tint light Brown RL HK
100 3088
1968 Sweet 16 Spectraflame Orange Metal Blue tint White RL HK
100 2977
1968 Sweet 16 Spectraflame Gold Metal Blue tint Brown RL HK
100 2980
1968 Sweet 16 Spectraflame Creamy Pink Metal Blue tint RL HK Image Not Available

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 Metal Clear Tan RL H2924 China 2005hwcneoclassicscustomcorvette
4 2007 RLC Rewards White Light Blue Graphics, Black "4", Sponsor Logos Unpainted Metal Light Blue Tint White RL China 2007rlcrewardscustomcorvette
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

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