Shelby Turbine

The Hot Wheels Shelby Turbine is based upon the 1968 Shelby Turbine Indy Car. It had hydraulic all-wheel-drive and was powered by a General Electric T-58 Shaft Drive Turbine engine rated at 1,325 horsepower. Two cars were made, but they were withdrawn from the 1968 Indianapolis 500. Neither car ever raced in a competition.

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. A rare white interior is also possible. It has a blue windshield and a silver painted intake next to the cockpit. The redline wheels can be bearing or capped.

The Shelby Turbine was released as part of the Grand Prix series. Included with the car was a collector’s button that has a blue Shelby, orange background, and a smooth tab. Also included was a water slide decal sheet with “69”, “Shelby”, and various logos.

There is a very rare chrome version of the Shelby 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. 6265
  • Colors
  • Spectraflame Aqua
  • Spectraflame Blue
  • Spectraflame Brown
  • Spectraflame Copper
  • Spectraflame Green
  • Spectraflame Light Blue
  • Spectraflame Light Green
  • Spectraflame Olive
  • Spectraflame Orange
  • Spectraflame Purple
  • Spectraflame Red
  • Spectraflame Rose
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