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Custom T-Bird
Debut Series Sweet Sixteen
Produced 1968-1970 (Original)
2018 (Retool)
Designer Harry Bradley (Original)

Mark Jones (Retool)

Number #6207
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Description

The Custom T-Bird is a Hot Wheels casting, which was designed by Harry Bradley and debuted among the 'Original 16' in 1968. It is based on the real-life 1967 Ford Thunderbird. It features a die-cast body and chassis (base) and an opening hood which reveals a detailed engine.

The Custom T-Bird was manufactured in both the USA and Hong Kong production facilities and there are several differences between the two. USA versions were produced with clear glass and silver wheels, while Hong Kong (HK) had blue tinted glass and chrome wheels (all T-Birds came with 'Bearing' style Redline wheels). HK cars had an unpainted bare metal grille, and USA cars had a black painted grille which could be found completely painted black, or with the Thunderbird emblem unpainted. The front fender wells of USA T-Birds are larger and higher cut than their HK counterparts and the cowls are also larger. The Custom T-Bird featured painted rear taillights with USA versions painted in a metallic darker red and HK with a bright flat red. There are several differences between USA and HK bases, most notably the lack of suspension detail and four square holes (to view the bent-axel suspension) on the USA version, there are also multiple variations of the layout and size of the copyright information.

Multiple colored interiors could be found on the Custom T-Bird. USA interiors could be found in White, Tan or Dark Brown and HK interiors in White, Olive/Gray, Gray/Brown, Silver and Brown. Hong Kong cars had a seperate black steering wheel while USA cars had the steering wheel molded into the plastic.

The Custom T-Bird was painted in a wide variety of Spectraflame colors of which there are a handful of hard-to-find and rare versions. All Hong Kong cars and most USA cars came with a black painted roof which simulated the vinyl roof of the real car. USA 'No-Black-Roof' (NBR) cars are fairly uncommon and most notably the Spectraflame Gold NBR with a white interior, which could only be found in 1968 Store Displays.

During the end of the Custom T-Bird's production, the USA casting was modified in preparation for the TNT-Bird. The modified casting featured 'Door Lines' and are very rare.

In 2018, the Custom T-Bird was re-tooled for the HotWheelsCollectors.com Original 16 Series based on the original Hong Kong version.

USA Versions

The Custom T-Bird has come out in the following versions:

Year Series Color Stickers Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Casting# Country Notes / Variations Photo
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Light Blue None Unpainted / Metal Clear Multiple RL 6207 USA Rare Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Blue None Unpainted / Metal Clear Multiple RL 6207 USA Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Blue None Unpainted / Metal Clear Multiple RL 6207 USA NBR, HTF Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Aqua None Unpainted / Metal Clear Multiple RL 6207 USA Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Aqua None Unpainted / Metal Clear Multiple RL 6207 USA NBR, HTF Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Aqua None Unpainted / Metal Clear Multiple RL 6207 USA Door Lines, Rare Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Green None Unpainted / Metal Clear Multiple RL 6207 USA HTF Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Green None Unpainted / Metal Clear Multiple RL 6207 USA NBR, HTF Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Olive None Unpainted / Metal Clear Multiple RL 6207 USA Very Rare Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Gold None Unpainted / Metal Clear Multiple RL 6207 USA Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Gold None Unpainted / Metal Clear Dark RL 6207 USA NBR, Rare Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Gold None Unpainted / Metal Clear White RL 6207 USA NBR, Store Display, Very Rare Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Gold None Unpainted / Metal Clear Multiple RL 6207 USA Door Lines, Rare Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Antifreeze None Unpainted / Metal Clear Multiple RL 6207 USA HTF Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Antifreeze None Unpainted / Metal Clear Multiple RL 6207 USA NBR, HTF Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Antifreeze None Unpainted / Metal Clear Multiple RL 6207 USA Door Lines, Very Rare Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Orange None Unpainted / Metal Clear Multiple RL 6207 USA Rare Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Copper None Unpainted / Metal Clear Multiple RL 6207 USA 1968 TBIRD Copper-Lt brown US dark Int
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Red None Unpainted / Metal Clear Multiple RL 6207 USA Rare Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Red None Unpainted / Metal Clear Multiple RL 6207 USA NBR, HTF Customtbirdred
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Purple None Unpainted / Metal Clear Multiple RL 6207 USA Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Purple None Unpainted / Metal Clear Multiple RL 6207 USA NBR, HTF Image Not Available

Hong Kong Versions

The Custom T-Bird has come out in the following versions:

Year Series Color Stickers Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Casting# Country Notes / Variations Photo
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Blue None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Multiple RL 6207 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Aqua None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Multiple RL 6207 Hong Kong Custom T-Bird Aqua with black roof
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Green None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Multiple RL 6207 Hong Kong HTF Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Olive None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Multiple RL 6207 Hong Kong Rare Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Copper None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Multiple RL 6207 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Gold None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Multiple RL 6207 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Orange None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Multiple RL 6207 Hong Kong Rare Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Red None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Multiple RL 6207 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Creamy Pink None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Multiple RL 6207 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Purple None Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Multiple RL 6207 Hong Kong Rare Image Not Available

Retooled Versions

Year Series Color Graphics Base Color / Types Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
2018 HWC Original 16 Spectraflame Olive "BG BAD BRD" California License Plate Chrome / Metal Tinted (Light Blue) Cream RL FCM75 China 6,000 Produced Custom T-Bird - 18 HWCO16 1200pxOTD
2018 HWC.com Original 16 Display Spectraflame Pink Black Grille, Tail Lights, Black Rear Panel, Black Roof Chrome / Metal Tinted (Light Blue) Cream RL FNC23 China 1,500 Produced HWC Original 16 Display Set Custom T-Bird

Gallery

Notes

  • Some guides list Hong Kong Spectraflame Light Blue, this is unconfirmed.
  • Early produced Hong Kong Aqua and Gold cars could be found with 'Deep Dish' wheels.

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