6217 Beatnik Bandit Designer: Ed "Big Daddy" RothProduction Run: 1968-19711968 Only (Original Casting)Designer Ed Roth (Original Car)Harry Bradley (Hot Wheels Model)Note: Some early HK runs came with 4 deep dish wheels. There are distinct differences between the HK and US versions when it comes to the motors and front ends. Gold with clear windshield. The Beatnik Bandit was designed Mattel designer Harry Bradley to be included as part of the Original 16 castings in the 1968 Hot Wheels line. The car debuted in 1968, and the original tools and dies were used from 1968 to 1971, and then they were retired. The car was retooled in 1993 as part of Hot Wheels' 25th Anniversary series. It was then used twice in 1994, as part of both the Vintage Series and the FAO Schwartz Gold Series I. The tools and dies then collected dust after that and sat unused until 2003, when the molds were dusted off again for the Hall of Fame Series when Hot Wheels honored Ed Roth himself. The original Beatnik Bandit was produced from 1968 to 1971 in both the USA and Hong Kong factories. Interiors can be found in white, tan, brown, grey, and black. Several differences appear between the HK and USA castings. The glass in USA Bandits are clear while HK cars have blue tinted glass. USA cars have the 'Control Stick' while HK cars have a black steering wheel. USA engines have dual injectors while HK engines have a blower. HK Bandits have 4 square holes in the base, while USA cars don't. HK cars have larger headlights and grille opening than USA cars. NCWHA RATING 1.
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