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Ford J-Car
Debut Series Sweet Sixteen
Produced 1968 (Original)
2010 - Present (Retool)
Designer Harry Bradley
Number 6214
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Description

With the continuing success of the GT40 MkI and MkII, for the 1966 Season, Ford sought to make a lighter and more aerodynamic version of the GT40. The result was the Ford J-Car. Unlike the previous versions of the GT40, the J-Car was built in the USA by Kar Kraft. It still retained the 427ci 7.0L 'Big Block' from the MkII, but the body and chassis were ditched for a 'breadvan' design with a honeycomb aluminum tub chassis. 

One car was built and was sent to Le Mans 1966 for testing where it posted the fastest time in practice sessions. Despite this, Ford decided to race the GT40 MkII which had proven reliability, and fortunately so because they came away victorious with a 1-2-3 finish. 

After Le Mans, development continued on the J-Car project with another car being constructed. Driven by Ken Miles (1966 Le Mans 2nd Place) during a testing session, the J-Car suddenly lost control and the end of Riverside Raceway's one mile long straight. Spearing off the track and over an embankment, the car hit the ground and flew end-over-end several times, ejecting Miles, before coming to rest and bursting into flames, totally destroying the car and killing Miles. After the accident, a more conventional and aerodynamic design with a stronger chassis was implemented, known as the Ford MkIV.

The Hot Wheels Ford J-Car was designed by Harry Bradley, and debuted in the 1968 Lineup as part of the 'Original 16' castings. It was painted in various 'Spectraflame' colors as well as white enamel, mimicking the real car. It features an opening rear hatch which displays the engine and #1 racing stickers and stripes. It was manufactured in both the USA and Hong Kong factories, with some differences between the two. USA cars only came with clear windows, had an unpainted metal base, and most commonly a black interior (Dark Brown and Tan can be found). Hong Kong cars came with blue windows, a painted base which extends to the sides of the car and only black interiors. 

Some early produced Hong Kong J-Cars could be found with vents in the top of the hatch, these were omitted later in production. Also, some cars have what is known as a 'Hidden Hinge' where the hinge for the rear hatch is designed in a way that cannot be seen, this is only found on early production Hong Kong cars. Another variation is the size of the steering wheel, again, this is only found on Hong Kong cars. Early USA built cars have a hatch that opens completely, while later in production a stopper was added to prevent this from happening. 

The 'Enamel Blue' version of the J-Car is rumored to have been a promotional give-away at the 1969 Indianapolis 500, although there is no evidence to back up these claims. Contrary to the name, these cars are actually Spectraflame blue, painted over the top of white enamel.

The 'Original 16' castings were packaged with a 'Collector's Button'.

In 2010, the Ford J-Car was retooled for the HotWheelsCollectors.com Series 9 Neo Classics Series

USA Versions

The Ford J-Car has come out in the following versions:

Colors are descending in rarity from common to rare.

Year Series Color Stickers Base Color / Types Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Cast # Country Notes / Variations Photo
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Lime Green #1 & 'Ford' stripes Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear Black RL 6214 USA Image Not Available.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Purple #1 & 'Ford' stripes Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear Black RL 6214 USA Ford J-Car-1968 USA Purple.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Brown #1 & 'Ford' stripes Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear Black RL 6214 USA Ford J-Car brown.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Rose #1 & 'Ford' stripes Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear Black RL 6214 USA Image Not Available.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Blue #1 & 'Ford' stripes Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear Black RL 6214 USA Image Not Available.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Green #1 & 'Ford' stripes Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear Black RL 6214 USA GreenJCar.jpeg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Enamel White #1 & 'Ford' stripes Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear Black RL 6214 USA Image Not Available.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Light Blue #1 & 'Ford' stripes Unpainted
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Metal
Clear Black RL 6214 USA Image Not Available.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Aqua #1 & 'Ford' stripes Unpainted
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Metal
Clear Black RL 6214 USA Fordjcarblue.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Olive #1 & 'Ford' stripes Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear Black RL 6214 USA HW Ford-J-Car Lime-Green 1968 DSCF9834.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Red #1 & 'Ford' stripes Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear Black RL 6214 USA Ford J-Car red.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Gold #1 & 'Ford' stripes Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear Black RL 6214 USA Hard to Find GoldJCar.jpeg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Orange #1 & 'Ford' stripes Unpainted
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Metal
Clear Black RL 6214 USA Hard to Find Ford J-Car orange.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Enamel Blue #1 & 'Ford' stripes Unpainted
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Metal
Clear Black RL 6214 USA Rare J-car blue.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Hot Pink #1 & 'Ford' stripes Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear Black RL 6214 USA Rare Image Not Available.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Creamy Pink #1 & 'Ford' stripes Unpainted
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Metal
Clear Black RL 6214 USA Rare Image Not Available.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Antifreeze #1 & 'Ford' stripes Unpainted
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Metal
Clear Black RL 6214 USA Rare Image Not Available.jpg

Hong Kong Versions

The Ford J-Car has come out in the following versions:

Colors are descending in rarity from common to rare.

Year Series Color Sticker Base Color / Types Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Cast # Country Notes / Variations Photo
1968 Sweet Sixteen Enamel White #1 & 'Ford' stripes White
/
Metal
Blue Black RL 6214 Hong Kong Hidden hinge,
first Version with rear Air-Rips
Ford J-Car first Version.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Red #1 & 'Ford' stripes Spectraflame Red
/
Metal
Blue Black RL 6214 Hong Kong Ford J-Car HK white.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Enamel White #1 & 'Ford' stripes White
/
Metal
Blue Black RL 6214 Hong Kong Ford J-Car white.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Green #1 & 'Ford' stripes Green
/
Metal
Blue Black RL 6214 Hong Kong Was only released on the
Italian 'Brucia Pista' blister pack.
Image Not Available.jpg
1968 Sweet Sixteen Spectraflame Light Blue #1 & 'Ford' stripes Light Blue
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Metal
Blue Black RL 6214 Hong Kong Image Not Available.jpg

Retooled Versions

The Ford J-Car has come out in the following re-tooled versions:

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Types Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
2010 HWC.com Series 9
3/6
Spectraflame Powder Blue '1' on sides & Hood, 'Ford' Stripe on side Chrome
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Metal
Clear Black RL R8389 Thailand 5000 Produced FordJCar RLC Blue.JPG
2015 HWC.com Original 16 Specraflame Dark Green Number “2” on hood & sides Chrome
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Metal
Clear Silver Replica RL BLR25 Thailand Came with collectors button
Base Code(s)
Image Not Available.jpg
2018 HWC.com Original 16 Display Spectraflame Navy Blue Tail Lights, Black Rear Panel, Black & White Stripes with 'FORD' & '3' White RL Opening Rear Hatch HWC Original 16 Display Set Ford J-Car.jpg

See Also

Ford GT40 / GT90

Ford GT (Gen 1)

Ford GT (Gen 2)

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