HOT WHEEL REDLINE HISTORY, THE CLASSIC CORD

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADAM GRAPES

Auburn-Cords-Doozie HISTORIAN

 

 

A second resin/acetate Classic Cord has also been found. This one features a fully painted body in white, a black roof and silver windshield/sidepipes/bumper details. The body details are slightly different than the raw version showing continued work on the final concept.

There is one brass Classic Cord known. The brass cars took 200-400 hours to make and were a combination of pantographed parts, production parts, fabricated parts and modified parts from other castings. They weigh approximately 20% more than their production counterparts. Mostly used for testing, they were often featured in early advertising and booklets. One piece in particular is the original club kit magazine, in which there are many brass casting shown in the pullout centerfold poster. Because perfect detail was not needed for these photo shoots, some details that would not be seen have been omitted.

The brass Classic Cord follows suit and includes a body that has many details omitted such as door lines and trunk details. The interior is a modified Vicky interior and the windshield and roof are fabricated pieces. The engine appears to be a standard production part. One interesting point worth noting is the assembly method. Where the production Classic Cord features two posts to spin for assembly, the brass piece utilizes one post up front and a hook in the rear.

Brass redlines are as rare as the patterns, as only one was made for each casting. Many have been lost through history but approximately 40 have survived in varying conditions. The Classic Cord shown was acquired from the Robert Rosas collection.

 

Hot Wheels Racing World Club Collectors Magazine 1970 featuring the Brass Classic Cord

 

 

Inside fold-out poster with brass Cord

Detailed images from Racing World magazine, and actual piece in the A Grapes collection.

 

Many thanks to Adam Grapes for his endless research regarding The Classic Cord,Auburn and Doozie. 

Article will continue to update with found history pieces and information.

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Christian Braun
Christian Braun
10 months ago

So very cool. Now I want these as well….

Bruce
Bruce
10 months ago

Well done Adam. I learned a little!

Liz Grapes
Liz Grapes
10 months ago

It all started when a little boy would hang out at his next door neighbors and enjoy looking at his Cord and hearing the stories about it.

Randy
Randy
10 months ago

Extremely informative. Thank you for sharing Adam!

Hideaki Tanaka
Hideaki Tanaka
10 months ago

Very great! The “HOT WHEEL” models are very popular in Japan as well.
from Mini Auto Club of Japan (MACJ), Tokyo.

ivy
ivy
10 months ago

This classical toy never gets out of style. Can’t wait to have these classic cars. I want to share a shop that gets me the best collectibles. “Aladdin’s Cave“. They have a unique collection of cars, model boats, commercial aircraft as well as some well-known Egyptian, Greek and Roman mythological statues. Thanks again!