Lotus Turbine

The Hot Wheels Lotus Turbine is based upon the Lotus 56 racing car that debuted in the 1968 Indianapolis 500. It featured an aerodynamic wedge-shaped body and was powered by a modified version of a PT6 turboprop aircraft engine.

The die-cast vehicle was a 1969 release that was designed by Ira Gilford. Production was in Hong Kong.

It can be found in a wide range of Spectraflame colors and the interior is often black, but can also be tan or white. It has a blue windshield and the redline wheels can be bearing or capped. The base is usually unpainted, but can be painted silver or black.

The Lotus Turbine was released as part of the Grand Prix series. Included with the car was a collector’s button that has a red Lotus, orange background, and a smooth tab. Also included was a water slide decal sheet with “70” and various logos and graphics.

There is a very rare chrome version of the Lotus Turbine. It was given out by Mattel at a banquet during the 1969 New York Toy Fair.

Some prototypes had plastic snap-on fuel tanks. The fuel tanks are quite rare, but reproductions are available.

  • Manufactured:
  • Hong Kong
  • Stock No. 6262
  • Colors
  • Spectraflame Aqua
  • Spectraflame Blue
  • Spectraflame Brown
  • Spectraflame Copper
  • Spectraflame Green
  • Spectraflame Light Blue
  • Spectraflame Olive
  • Spectraflame Orange
  • Spectraflame Purple
  • Spectraflame Red
  • Spectraflame Rose
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