The Manta Ray is a Hot Wheels casting which debuted in the collector-aimed (100% Hot Wheels) Rod & Custom 2-Car Sets. It features an opening bubble canopy. It was used twice before being discontinued.
The real-life Manta Ray is a custom car built by Dean Jeffries in 1963. It was built on a 1950's Maserati Formula 1 chassis with a 289 Cobra Small-Block V8 which Jeffries acquired from Carroll Shelby as a gift for his work on the first Shelby Cobra. After winning the Tournament of Fame at the 1964 Oakland Roadster Show and appearing at various other shows around the USA, the car sat in Dean's shop disassembled until it was restored in the early 2000's.
The Manta Ray has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:
|Col #||Year||Series||Color||Tampo||Base Color / Type||Window Color||Interior Color||Wheel Type||Toy #||Country||Notes / Variations||Photo|
|2001||Rod & Custom 2-Car Set||White||Headlights, Taillights, Badges||Black / Metal||Clear||Black||RR||27836||China|
|30/32||2002||100% Hot Wheels||Orange / Yellow||Pink Flames||Black / Metal||Clear||Black||RR||54536||China||Named Dean Jeffries' Mantaray|