BEATNIK BANDIT


Casting Comparison: 

U.S. 

  • clear dome over the interior
  • chrome plastic dual carburetor motor that is removable from the body
  • flat vertical headlights that are part of the base
  • interior available in assorted colors in which the steering rod is molded.  

Hong Kong 

  • blue tinted dome
  • a super charged chrome plastic motor that is not removable
  • rounded headlights and grille that are part of the base
  • interior available in assorted colors in which a black steering wheel is inserted.

Casting Fundamentals: 

Early run Hong Kong castings can be found with as many as four “deep dish” wheels.

Production run: 1968–1971.



U.S. In order of common to rare

 

Blue

Aqua  

Green

Red  

Lime  

Orange  

Purple  

Gold  

Olive

Rose  

Antifreeze 

Copper  

Brown  

Light Blue 

Magenta 

Creamy Pink 

Yellow  

Hot Pink 

 

H. K. In order of common to rare 

 

Blue

Aqua

Red

Green

Olive 

Purple

Orange

Copper

Creamy Pink 

 

CUSTOM BARRACUDA

Casting Comparison: 

U.S. 

  • clear windows
  • thinner cowl
  • short “power bulges” on the hood
  • interior available in assorted colors in which the dash board and steering wheel are molded.  

Hong Kong

  • blue tinted windows
  • thicker cowl
  • long “power bulges” on the hood
  • interior available in assorted colors in which there was no dash board and a black steering wheel is inserted through the interior.

Casting Fundamentals: 

Early run Hong Kong castings can be found with as many as four “deep dish” wheels.  The purple interior which most probably was specific to the purple Hong Kong casting has been found in copper and aqua Hong Kong castings as well.  Furthermore, this casting has been found assembled with a combination of U.S. and Hong Kong parts, referred to as a hybrid.  These hybrids have always been found where the base is Hong Kong and the body and interior are U.S.  The wheels, hood and windows can be either Hong Kong or U.S. and in any combination.  Neither the U.S. nor Hong Kong produced the Custom Barracuda with a black roof.  

Production run: 1968~1969.

Note:

A white interior can pose a premium.


U.S. In order of common to rare

 

Green  

Blue

Aqua  

Gold

Red  

Purple

Antifreeze

Copper 

Light Blue  

Creamy Pink  

Rose

Olive  

 

 

H. K. In order of common to rare 

 

Aqua

Copper

Purple

Purple/Purple Int. 

Green

Blue

Red

Copper/Purple Int.

Light Blue

Aqua/Puurple Int.

Creamy Pink

Orange

Olive 

 

Hybrid

U.S. & H.K. Combination In order of common to rare 

 

Antifreeze  

Purple  

Gold  

Rose  

Aqua  

Blue  

Green  

 

CUSTOM CAMARO

Casting Comparison:

U.S.

  • clear windows
  • “power bulges” on the hood
  • interior available in assorted colors in which the dash board and steering wheel are molded. 

Hong Kong

·        blue tinted windows

·        outlined doors and trunk

·        “power bulges” on the hood

·        interior available in assorted colors in which there was no dash board and a black steering wheel is inserted through the interior.

Casting Fundamentals:

Early run Hong Kong castings can be found with as many as four “deep dish” wheels.  The very early U.S. castings, referred to as “kidney bean” base, which are found only in antifreeze with a smooth black roof and a painted to match tail panel, also have early run U.S. chrome wheels with deep dish in the front.  They are called this because of four small kidney shaped cut outs in similar placement to the square Hong Kong cut outs that expose a portion of the suspension.  There are very few examples known but they do turn up once in a while in varying conditions.  Then, the U.S. base was altered to a “tabbed” base and has been found in blue, red and antifreeze with smooth black roofs and painted to match tail panels.  There are even early run hybrid U.S. castings in antifreeze only that have a U.S. body with a tabbed U.S. base but have Hong Kong olive colored interior and blue tinted windows.  The U.S. base changed yet again to the more common base without kidney bean shaped cut outs or tabs which make up the majority of U.S. Custom Camaros found.  A later run prototype variation of the base has been recently discovered only on white enamel castings which has leaf springs cast onto the rear.  These are extremely rare and just a few exist thus far.  Late run hybrid/transition variations have been found but are limited to an all U.S. body and base but the interior and windows, or one or the other, are Hong Kong parts that match those same parts used with the Heavy Chevy casting.  This is believed to be contributed to later run production of the Custom Camaro as the U.S. tooling was altered to the Heavy Chevy tooling produced only in Hong Kong.  A premium is added to the value of a late run hybrid/transition.   

Production run: 1968~1969.

Note:

A white interior can pose a premium.

 

Without Painted Black Roof Common Base

U.S.     In order of common to rare                 H. K.    In order of common to rare

Blue                                                                 Orange

Green                                                               Green  

Red                                                                  Red     

Antifreeze                                                         Aqua   

Lime                                                                 Copper

Purple                                                              Olive   

Aqua                                                                Gold    

Olive                                                                Purple 

Rose                                                                Creamy Pink

Creamy Pink

Brown  

Orange

Light Blue

White Enamel

Copper

Gold    

 

 

With Painted Black Roof Common Base

U.S.     In order of common to rare                 H. K.    In order of common to rare

Blue                                                                 Blue    

Antifreeze                                                         Blue/Blue Int.

Red                                                                  Antifreeze

Lime                                                                 Lime                                                                                                                                                                   Aqua   

                                                                        Orange

                                                                        Purple 

 

“Kidney Bean” Base

U.S. Only        

Antifreeze        

 

“Tabbed” Base

U.S. Only        

Blue                

Red                 

Antifreeze        

 

 

Custom Corvette

Casting Comparison:

U.S.

  • clear windows
  • tail lights are cast onto the rear of the base
  • a larger engine
  • interior available in assorted colors in which the dash board and steering wheel are molded. 

Hong Kong

·        blue tinted windows

·        tail lights are cast onto the rear of the body

·        a smaller engine

·        interior available in assorted colors in which there was no dash board and a black steering wheel is inserted through the interior.

Casting Fundamentals:

Neither the U.S. nor Hong Kong produced the Custom Corvette with a black roof.

Production run: 1968~1969.

 

 

U.S.     In order of common to rare                 H. K.    In order of common to rare

Blue                                                                 Blue    

Red                                                                  Red     

Green                                                               Aqua   

Gold                                                                 Olive   

Lime                                                                 Green  

Aqua                                                                Gold    

Olive                                                                Purple 

Antifreeze                                                         Orange

Purple                                                              Copper

Orange                                                             Creamy Pink

Rose   

Magenta

Copper

Light Blue

Yellow 

Brown    

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