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Gangster Grin
Debut Series Designers Challenge
Produced 2008 - 2015
Designer Steve Gilmore
Number M3305
Gangster Artwork.jpg


Description

The Gangster Grin debuted in the Designers Challenge Special Series in 2008. Designer Steve Gilmore, a former Hot Wheels intern, designed this car while working for Ford. The design is meant to be a modern 1949 Mercury.

Versions

The Ford Gangster Grin has been released in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color
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Type
Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes
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Variations
Photo
2008 Designers Challenge Metalflake Burgundy Purple Flames Chrome
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Plastic
Tinted (Burgundy) Black Gray CM6 M3305 Thailand GangsterGrinRF.jpg
2008 Designers Challenge Metalflake Magenta Purple flames, Silver trim Chrome
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Plastic
Tinted Black Gray CM6 M3305 Thailand GangsterGrinM3305Magenta.jpg
2008 Designers Challenge Flat Black Black ghost flames Chrome
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Plastic
Tinted (Blue) Black Gray CM6 M3305 Thailand GangsterGrinM3305Black.jpg
2008 Designers Challenge Yellow Green Flames Chrome
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Plastic
Tinted Black Gray CM6 M3305 Thailand GangsterGrinM3305Yellow.jpg
2008 8th Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals Black White & Red flames w/ Nationals logo Unpainted
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Metal
Tinted Black RR5SP L8731 Thailand Base code(s): GangsterGrinL8731.jpg
178/190 2009 Mystery Car
12/24
White Red flames Chrome
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Plastic
Tinted (Red) Black Red rim, Black PR5 P2487 Malaysia Base code(s): B11, B27, B28 Gangstergrin.jpg
050/240 2010 Treasure Hunts
6/12
Metalflake Purple Blue and Green tribal design, outlined in peach Chrome
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Plastic
Tinted (Blue) Blue 10SP R7439 Malaysia Base code(s): C10, C11 GansterGrin 10THReg.JPG
050/240 2010 Trea$ure Hunt$
6/12
Spectraflame Purple Blue and Green tribal design, outlined in peach Chrome
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Plastic
Tinted (Blue) Blue MD R7451 Malaysia Base code(s): Gangster Grin STH.jpg
2012 Mardi Gras Satin Crimson Purple and Yellow flames, "Mardi Gras 2012" Gold
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Plastic
Tinted (Violet) Light Yellow Gold 5SP X5947 Thailand Kroger Exclusive
Base Code(s): D47
Mardi Gras Gangster Grin.jpg
2012 Hot Wheels Boulevard: Show Rods Red Stylized flame stripes Unpainted
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Metal
Tinted Tan MD W4592 Malaysia Base code(s): E23 Gangster Grin (boulevard).jpg
2013 Happy Halloween!
4/5
Metallic Orange Black & Yellow stripes on sides & across top, HW Halloween logo on trunk Gold Chrome
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Plastic
Tinted (Yellow) Purple Gold Chrome 10SP Y2144 Malaysia Kroger Exclusive
Base code(s): F24
GangsterGrinY2144.jpg
2014 Happy Halloween!
2/5
Pearl White Blue & Silver flames on sides, hood, & trunk Chrome
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Plastic
Tinted Light Grey Grey & Clear 10SP BDL59 Thailand Kroger Exclusive
Base code(s): G26
GangsterGrinBDL59.jpg
2015 Holiday Hot Rods
6/6
Dark Green White & Gold flames on sides, hood & trunk Chrome Gold
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Plastic
Clear Red Gold 10SP CFV16 Malaysia Walmart Exclusive
Base code(s): H32
GangsterGrinCFV16.jpg

Back of Cards

From the back of the 2008 card Ford's Gangster Grin™ was designed by Steve Gilmore. After college, Gilmore drove cross-country from Ohio to California for an internship at Mattel, which helped prepare him for his career in car design. In designing the Gangster Grin™, Gilmore wanted to use some of the best designs from Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury to create a car befitting a "mob boss". Polished trim outlining the body, a '49 Ford-inspired grille, and "ghost flames" make this Designer's Challenge™ winner look menacing yet elegant.
Year Born Birthplace Designer Specialty:
2010 2007 Dearborn, Michigan, USA Ford Motor Company With polished trim outlining the body, a '49 Ford-inspired grille, and "ghost" flames, this Designers Challenge™ winner will make you smile.

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