NCHWA Redline Central: 1971 Redline Price Guide
For 1971, changes were in the air. This would be the last year that any Hot Wheels would be produced in the United States, with the operation moving solely overseas. Also, this was the year that Mattel began to phase out the metal button, in favor of the plastic button.

35 new models were introduced in 1971, and three of them stand out as the heaviest hitters in a collector's arsenal today: The Olds 442, the Bye Focal and Classic Cord. Finding these in ANY condition today is both difficult AND expensive. Even lower-quality versions will sell for a robust price on the secondary market. Also available in 1971 were the front-engine dragsters, issued in a 2-pack or in the Wild Wheelie set. The Spoilers and Heavyweights series continued as well, with 2 new Spoilers and 7 new Heavyweights. This year also marked the era where Larry Wood made his designer presence felt in full force, as he would continue to do so for decades later before "retiring".

Quoted values are for LOOSE, NM examples. Cars less than NM will obviously command a lesser value than listed, depending on overall condition. Also, since some collectors like to add new replica wheels to replace their beat-up originals, I've added the sizes of the tires to the far right for each car.

Note that the NCHWA utilizes a pricing method called "Star Value©." Instead of specific dollar values, each car will be assigned a Star Value© to indicate rarity and potential price range. There are simply too many variables to place a "set" value on any model, so a range will be used instead to indicate where that particular model may fall on the secondary price scale. A +/- indicates where on that scale the value is approximated, while a number by itself would indicate the value falls in the middle of the Star Value. This is also an easy-glance method to determine rarity; the higher the number, the rarer the car. The value chart will be placed at the bottom of each page

Option: Click the button to the left to download a printable copy of the Star Chart for easy reference (Microsoft Word or equivalent program required for viewing/download). It beats scrolling up and down when you're pricing your cars!
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6460
AMX/2
Designer: Existing Design
Production Run: 1971 only
Note: Produced only in AThe U.S. Featured a black interior and 2 black engine covers that could be opened to expose the engine. Based on an AMC prototype that was built, but never even had an engine installed.
Light Green
Rose
Yellow
Red
Green
Magenta
Purple
Hot Pink
Salmon
Blue
3
3
3+
3+
3+
4-
5
5
6
13
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
2 Med, 2 Lg
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6407
Boss Hoss
Designer: Ira Gilford
Production Run: 1971 only
Note: Spoilers Series. Produced only in Hong Kong. Features a louvred rear window, door numbers ranging from 1-9 and a decal sheet with assorted sponsor logos. The black roof version is very rare, and will command a higher value.
Aqua
Green
Blue
Red
Copper
Rose
Orange
Purple
Pink
Aqua (black roof)
Green (black roof)
Olive (black roof)
Red (black roof)
Purple (black roof)
Copper (black roof)
Blue (black roof)
Brown (black roof)
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
9
9
11
12+
14+
15
16+
18+
27+
13
15
16
16
23
25
25+
32+
2 Med, 2 Lg
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
5178
Bugeye
Designer: Larry Wood
Production Run: 1971-1972
Note: U.S. versions came with white interiors, while Hong Kong versions came only with black. Look for a rear hood variation with or without hood vents. The value is not affected with either version.
Blue
Red
Light Green
Green
Rose
Aqua
Magenta
Yellow
Gold
Hot Pink
Purple
2+
2+
3-
3-
3
3+
3+
4-
8
9+
--
3
3
2+
4-
--
4
5
4+
--
--
17
2 Med, 2 Lg
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6187
Bye Focal
Designer: Larry Wood
Production Run: 1970-1972
Note: Produced only in Hong Kong. Features either a black or brown interior, an opening plastic hood revealing a set of twin engines. There is a motor variation that has missing injectors, and they are more difficult to find. Came with a decal sheet that had an additional eye logo. The passenger-side door was already applied from the factory. This model's chassis is notorious for being a "crumbler", as it appears low-quality metal was used in production. Affected models WILL be valued LESS.
Aqua
Magenta
Light Green
Blue
Green
Yellow
Red
Light Blue
Purple
Green (no injectors)
Aqua (no injectors)
Magenta (no injectors)
Blue (no injectors)
Red (no injectors)
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
9-
9-
11-
13-
15-
25
26
26+
37+
13-
15
16
18
36
2 Med, 2Lg
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6472
Classic Cord
Designer: Larry Wood
Production Run: 1971-1972
Note: Produced only in the U.S. One of the most collectible castings from the Redline era today. Came with a plastic roof (which must be present in order for this model to be considered complete), an opening hood and a black interior. Beware of reproduction parts for this model, as they are plentiful.
Magenta
Light Green
Blue
Red
Yellow
Rose
Green
Gold
Purple
Light Blue
Salmon
Hot Pink
6
6
12-
14
13-
13
14
15-
18+
26+
26
30
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
2 Med, 2 Lg
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6466
Cockney Cab
Designer: Howard Rees
Production Run: 1971-1972
Note: U.S. versions have black interior, while Hong Kong will have brown. Rear decal has the British flag and "Cockney Cab" below it.
Light Green
Red
Green
Yellow
Blue
Magenta
Rose
Aqua
Hot Pink
4-
4+
5
5+
6
6+
7
10
13+
5-
5
5+
--
7-
8+
--
7
--
2 Med, 2 Lg
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6183
Crew Car
Designer: Howard Rees / Larry Wood
Production Run: 1971-1972
Note: (or "Pit Crew Car") Produced only in Hong Kong. Started by Howard Rees and finished by Larry Wood. This model has an opening trunk that reveals a tool tray, and comes with a decal sheet with stripes and side decals that say "Pit Crew".
White Enamel
--
4
2 Med, 2 Lg
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6471
Evil Weevil
Designer: Paul Tam
Production Run: 1971-1972
Note: Spoilers Series. Produced only in Hong Kong. This model has door stickers with numbers ranging from 1-9, along with a decal shee with assorted sponsor logos. Assorted interior colors.
Blue
Green
Yellow
Red
Light Green
Aqua
Magenta
Purple
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
7-
7
7
9-
12-
16
28
34
2 Med, 2 Lg
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6018
Fuel Tanker
Designer: Ira Gilford
Production Run: 1971 only
Note: Heavyweights Series. Produced only in Hong Kong. Long-bed truck with a metal and plastic tanker trailer that had twin retractable hoses from the rear. Sticker on both sides of the trailer with the Hot Wheels logo and "Racing Fuel."
White Enamel
--
5-
4 Med
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6461
Grass Hopper
Designer: Larry Wood
Production Run: 1971 only
Note: Produced only in the U.S. Model has a removable white top (which must be present in order to be considered complete), front and rear engines and a black interior.
Light Green
Red
Rose
Magenta
Blue
Green
Purple
Salmon
Hot Pink
Yellow
Aqua
Light Blue
3-
3
3
3
3
3+
4
5-
6
6
7-
7+
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
4 Lg
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6458
Hairy Hauler
Designer: Paul Tam
Production Run: 1971 only
Note: Produced only in the U.S. Came with an opening cockpit canopy, white interior and a metal engine with exhaust pipes mounted to the top.
Light Green
Yellow
Red
Green
Magenta
Rose
Blue
Salmon
Hot Pink
Aqua
Purple
Light Blue
3-
3
3
3+
3+
3+
4
5-
5+
6
11-
14-
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
4 Med
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6175
The Hood
Designer: Larry Wood
Production Run: 1971-1972
Note: The Hong Kong version has smaller side windows than the U.S. Both had slide-out plastic roofs that would extend to the windshield. There is a Hong Kong variation with a painted black roof, which does add a premium.
Red
Blue
Light Green
Yellow
Green
Magenta
Rose
Aqua
Purple
Hot Pink
Gold
3
3
3
4-
4-
4+
5-
5
5+
16-
--
5-
4-
3
3
4-
15
--
4
5+
--
16-
2 Med, 2 Lg
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6184
Ice "T"
Designer: Tom Daniel
Production Run: 1971-1972
Note: Produced only in Hong Kong. Model has a removable yellow top that is embossed with "Ice T" in black on both sides. Also has a black interior and 2 translucent blue ice blocks in the rear hatch. Both the top and the ice must be present in order for this model to be considered complete.
Yellow Enamel
--
3
2 Med, 2 Lg
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6179
Jet Threat
Designer: Larry Wood
Production Run: 1971-1972
Note: Produced only in Hong Kong. Blue plastic canopy with black interior. Engine cover opens up to reveal an orange turbine. Came with a decal sheet for the sides that had the number 15 on them.
Light Green
Aqua
Yellow
Green
Blue
Gold
Red
Magenta
Purple
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
3-
3-
3
3
4-
4-
5+
7+
13-
2 Med, 2 Lg
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
5954
Mongoose 2
Designer: Existing Design
Production Run: 1971-1972
Note: The only difference between the U.S. and Hong Kong versions is the blue tinted windows on the Hong Kong model. The U.S. has a clear window. Came with a decal sheet, but the passenger side was already applied at the factory.
Blue
4
4
2 Lg, 2 Med
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
5952
Mongoose Rail Dragster
Designer: Larry Wood
Production Run: 1971-1972
Note: Produced only in the U.S. Was sold only as a two-pack with the Snake Rail Dragster. Came with a sticker with "Tom McEwen" and "Mongoose 1."
Blue
6-
--
2 XL, 2 Wire
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6185
Mutt Mobile
Designer: Larry Wood
Production Run: 1971-1972
Note: Produced only in Hong Kong. Has a removable white top with "Mutt Mobile" embossed in black on both sides. Issued with a black interior, a black plastic rear gate, and white molded dogs on the inside. Top, gate and dogs must be present for this model to be considered complete.
Aqua
Blue
Gold
Red
Light Blue
Magenta
Rose
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
3
4-
5-
7-
7-
9-
13
2 Med, 2 Lg
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6000
Noodlehead
Designer: Howard Rees
Production Run: 1971-1972
Note: Considered a terror in downhill racing due to its weight and balance. U.S. versions came with a white interior, while Hong Kong came with brown or white. The hood had an opening panel which exposed the headlights.
Red
Light Green
Blue
Magenta
Yellow
Salmon
Aqua
Green
Hot Pink
Light Blue
4
4
4+
4+
5-
5+
6
7
8
9-
5-
4+
5+
9-
6
--
7
8
--
--
2 Med, 2 Lg
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6467
Olds 442
Designer: Larry Wood
Production Run: 1971 only
Note: Produced only in the U.S. This model has a white interior, a removable black plastic spoiler and came with a decal sheet that had stripes for the hood and roof. There is a black interior version with a red paint job. It has never been found in blisterpack, and is considered a prototype. The spoiler must be present in order to consider this model complete. Beware of reproduction spoilers.
Magenta
Yellow
Rose
Blue
Green
Red
Light Green
Salmon
Light Blue
Hot Pink
Purple
Red (black interior)
14
14
14-
16
14+
17
19
29-
18
27+
40+
26
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
2 Med, 2 Lg
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6194
Racer Rig
Designer: Ira Gilford / Larry Wood
Production Run: 1971 only
Note: Produced only in Hong Kong. Gilford designed the cab, while Wood designed the trailer. The white plastic portion of the trailer is retractable, and there is a Hot Wheels logo decal on the metal front portion.
Red
White Enamel
--
--
5
7
6 Med
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6186
Rocket-Bye Baby
Designer: Bob Lovejoy
Production Run: 1971-1972
Note: Produced only in Hong Kong. Comes with a mounted metal rocket and twin black plastic air scoops that could be retracted by pulling the black tailpipes located at the rear.
Aqua
Blue
Green
Lime
Magenta
Yellow
Red
Light Green
Rose
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
3
3+
4+
5
7
7+
10
11-
13-
4 Lg
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6468
S'Cool Bus
Designer: Tom Daniel
Production Run: 1971 only
Note: Heavyweights Series. Produced only in Hong Kong. Dragster-style school bus with decals on the sides that say "S'Cool Bus." Came with a decal sheet consisting of black stripes for the rocker panels and hood stickers.
Yellow Enamel
--
9
2 Med, 2 Lg
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6193
Scooper
Designer: Ira Gilford
Production Run: 1970 only
Note: Heavyweights Series. Produced only in Hong Kong. Yellow plastic bucket/bed, with white rail arms.
Green
Blue
Lime
Red
Aqua
Yellow
Light Green
Magenta
Rose
Purple
White Enamel
Hot Pink
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
5
5
5+
5+
6
7
7+
8-
9
9+
14
16
4 Med
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6176
Short Order
Designer: Howard Rees
Production Run: 1971-1972
Note: Produced only in Hong Kong. Came with a black interior and an orange, slideout plastic bed. Based on an old Ford pickup.
Light Green
Aqua
Yellow
Red
Gold
Green
Magenta
Blue
Purple
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
3
3
4-
4-
4
7
13
14
18
2 Med, 2 Lg
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6003
Six Shooter
Designer: Paul Tam
Production Run: 1971-1972
Note: Produced only in Hong Kong. Has a black interior, although there are some rare variations with a white interior. This does add a premium. The only exception is the yellow casting, which is commonly issued with a white interior.
Aqua
Blue
Magenta
Light Blue
Yellow
Light Green
--
--
--
--
--
--
3
4
4+
5
7-
24
2 Med, 4 Lg
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
5953
Snake II
Designer: Larry Wood
Production Run: 1971-1972
Note: The only difference between the U.S. and Hong Kong versions is the blue windows on the Hong Kong model. Came with a sticker sheet that had flame logos of "Plymouth" and "Coca Cola". The passenger-side decale was already applied.
White Enamel
4
4
2 Lg, 2 Med
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
5951
Snake Rail Dragster
Designer: Larry Wood
Production Run: 1971-1972
Note: Produced only in the U.S. Was sold only as a two-pack with the Mongoose Rail Dragster. Came with a sticker with "Don Prudhomme" and "Snake 1."
White Enamel
6
--
2 XL, 2 Wire
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6020
Snorkel
Designer: Ira Gilford / Larry Wood
Production Run: 1971 only
Note: Heavyweights Series. Produced only in Hong Kong. The cab was designed by Gilford, and the bed/arm/basket was designed by Wood. This casting is susceptible to "crumbling", rendering it virtually worthless, if applicable.
Green
Blue
Lime
Red
Aqua
Yellow
Light Green
Magenta
Rose
Purple
White Enamel
Hot Pink
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
5
5
5+
5+
6
6+
7
8-
9
9+
14+
16+
4 Med
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6006
Special Delivery
Designer: Larry Wood
Production Run: 1971-1972
Note: Produced only in Hong Kong. Model has twin front engines, a white interior and set of 5 decals that must be present in order to consider this model pristine.
Blue
Light Blue
--
--
3
3+
2 Med, 2 Lg
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6188
Strip Teaser
Designer: Larry Wood
Production Run: 1971-1972
Note: Produced only in Hong Kong. Model has a rear canopy that can be raised to reveal a black interior with a parachute. Came with a sticker sheet with a nose stripe and side stickers with "7" on them. Interior is easily removed, and should be present in order to consider this model complete.
Aqua
Blue
Lime
Gold
Light Blue
Yellow
Light Green
Magenta
Red
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
5+
7-
8-
9+
11
13-
13
14
18+
2 Med, 2 Lg
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6418
Sugar Caddy
Designer: Ira Gilford
Production Run: 1971 only
Note: Spoilers Series. Produced only in Hong Kong. Came with a black interior, although there are white interior variations that command a slight premium, as they're harder to find. Red and blue models with a white interior are worth even more. Came with door decals ranging from 1-9, and a decal sheet with assorted sponsor logos.
Green
Blue
Yellow
Aqua
Red
Light Green
Purple
Copper
Orange
Olive
Hot Pink
Magenta
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
5
5
5+
5+
7-
8-
9+
9+
11-
24-
19
36
2 Med, 2 Lg
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6177
T-4-2
Designer: Larry Wood
Production Run: 1971-1972
Note: Produced only in Hong Kong. Model is basically 2 Model T Fords placed back-to-back. The plastic black roof is easily removed, but should be present in order to consider this model complete. Has a black plastic interior.
Lime
Light Green
Yellow
Green
Blue
Red
Aqua
Magenta
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
3
3
3+
3+
4
4+
5
7
4 Lg
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6019
Team Trailer
Designer: Ira Gilford / Larry Wood
Production Run: 1971 only
Note: Heavyweights Series. Produced in Hong Kong only. The cab was designed by Gilford, and the trailer was designed by Wood. The trailer has decals on the sides that have the Hot Wheels logo, and "Racing Team", along with stripes for the top and rear.
Red
White Enamel
--
--
6
7
6 Med
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6192
Waste Wagon
Designer: Ira Gilford
Production Run: 1971 only
Note: Heavyweights Series. Produced only in Hong Kong. The cab was designed by Gilford, and the yellow bucket/black scoop by Wood. Sticker on both sides says "Dept. of Sanitation."
Lime
Aqua
Blue
Green
Light Green
Red
Orange
Copper
Olive
Magenta
Yellow
Purple
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
4
4
4+
4+
5-
5-
5
5
5+
6-
7-
7+
4 Med
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6001
What-4
Designer: Bob Lovejoy
Production Run: 1971-1972
Note: Produced only in Hong Kong. Model has a moveable white plastic fin, and an interior that was available in assorted colors. This model is susceptible to "crumbling", rendering it value-less if applicable.
Aqua
Green
Blue
Lime
Yellow
Magenta
Purple
Red
Light Green
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
3
3
3+
5
6
9
11
13
13+
4 Med


1 = $15-30 9 = $201-225 17 = $501-550 25 = $901-1100 33 = $2,501-2,800
2 = $31-50 10 = $226-250 18 = $551-600 26 = $1,101-1,300 34 = $2,801-3,100
3 = $51-75 11 = $251-275 19 = $601-650 27 = $1,301-1,500 35 = $3,101-3,400
4 = $76-100 12 = $276-300 20 = $651-700 28 = $1,501-1,700 36 = $3,401-3,700
5 = $101-125 13 = $301-350 21 = $701-750 29 = $1,701-1,900 37 = $3,701-4,000
6 = $126-150 14 = $351-400 22 = $751-800 30 = $1,901-2,100 38 = $4,001-4,400
7 = $151-175 15 = $401-450 23 = $801-850 31 = $2,101-2,300 39 = $4,401-4,800
8 = $176-200 16 = $451-500 24 = $851-900 32 = $2,301-2,500 40 = $4,801-5,200




What Events Defined 1971?

  • The foundation of all computers, the microprocessor is introduced
  • Cigarette ads are banned on TV
  • Native Americans are forced out of Alcatraz, while living on unoccupied land
  • South Vietnam & The US invade Laos in an attempt to shut down the Ho Chi Minh trail, but fail.
  • "School House Rock" Airs on ABC in 1971, and is still played today.
  • Attica State Prision riot in Buffalo, New York. 1200 inmates took 30 guards and other employees
  • Harris public opinion poll claims that 60% of Americans are against the war in Vietnam
  • Texas Instruments releases the first pocket calculator
  • #1 movies of 1971 included "The French Connection", "Dirty Harry", "A Clockwork Orange" and "Shaft".
  • #1 songs of 1971 included "Brown Sugar" by the Rolling Stones, "It's Too Late" by Carole King, "Joy to the World" by Three Dog Night, "Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves" by Cher, and "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" by the Bee Gees.




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