Hot Wheels Spectraflame: The Essential Guide

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Krause Publications, Sep 5, 2008 - Antiques & Collectibles - 256 pages
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Die-hard collectors of pocket-sized racers, fans of nostalgia, youngsters and the young at heart will revel in the candy-colored brilliance and muscle-car-fashioned attitude features in this pioneer book devoted to the superior Spectraflame cars. From the Beatnik Bandit and Hot Heap to the Python and Custom Camaro, the whole gang of classic miniature cruisers is featured in this one-of-a-kind book of Mattel's mightiest cars. In addition, readers will discover valuable casting information, production data, values, and insight about the differences between U.S. and Hong-Kong-made models, in this stunning Spectraflame showcase.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
6
GRADING CONDITION AND VALUES
7
SPECTRAFLAME COLORS AND SHADES
10
WHEEL TYPES AND STYLES
13
The First Sixteen Hot Wheels Cars
15
California Hot Rods and Concept Cars
50
Spoilers Heavyweights and Grand Prix Series
89
Most New Models Ever Introduced
149
Boxed Sets
221
Catalogs
222
Play Sets
223
Track Sets and Track Accessories
226
Other SpectraflameEra Items
239
Frequently Asked Questions
242
Spotting Fakes and Reproductions Parts
244
Spotting Prototype and Preproduction Castings
248

The End of an Era
202
1968 through 1972
210
Collectors Cases
213
Accessories Collector Buttons Decals and Sticker Sheets
216
Glossary
252
Bibliography
253
Cars Index
254
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Edward Wershbale, a lifelong Hot Wheels collector, has devotEdward Wershbale, a lifelong Hot Wheels collector, has devoted his collecting and selling efforts of the past eight yeared his collecting and selling efforts of the past eight years strictly to cars from the Spectraflame era. He has more ths strictly to cars from the Spectraflame era. He has more than 400 mint condition and near mint Hot Wheels in his collecan 400 mint condition and near mint Hot Wheels in his collection, and is a member of the online Hot Wheels community at tion, and is a member of the online Hot Wheels community at www.redlinesonline.com. www.redlinesonline.com.

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