NCHWA Redline Central: 1972 Redline Price Guide
1972 would prove to be the leanest year in the short history of Hot Wheels. Since sales had dropped, Mattel decided not to invest as much money into new castings as it had in years past, so only 7 new models were introduced. Buttons were discontinued altogether, as were the Heavyweights and Spoilers series. Only 3 castings from this year saw life after 1972. The rest were never utilized again, which is what makes these models so hard to find...and expensive. 1972 would also mark the last year that Hot Wheels would be issued in Spectraflame paints, and all models would now be produced exclusively overseas. The end of an era!

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
6021
Ferrari 512S
Designer: Paul Tam
Production Run: 1972 only
Note: Produced only in Hong Kong. This model featured 2 opening canopies: one for the cockpit, and one over the engine. The interior was issued only in black.
Light Green
Blue
Magenta
Gold
Rose
Red
Aqua
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
5
6
6+
7
7+
9
12
4 Med
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6005
Funny Money
Designer: Larry Wood
Production Run: 1972 only
Note: Heavyweights Series, even though the series was discontinued. Produced only in Hong Kong. Dragster-style lift-up body revealed twin engines. Came with one sticker that was applied at the factory: a blue "Funny Money" decal. Orange bumper should be present in order to consider this model complete.
Grey Enamel
--
3+
2 Med, 2 Lg
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6169
Mercedex-Benz C-111
Designer: Larry Wood
Production Run: 1972 only
Note: Produced only in Hong Kong. Interior was available in assorted colors. Doors were the "gull-wing" style, and the first opening doors since the 1970 Carabo.
Light Green
Blue
Yellow
Gold
Magenta
Red
Rose
Aqua
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
5
5
6
6
6+
7
7
8-
2 Med, 2 Lg
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
5881
Open Fire
Designer: Paul Tam
Production Run: 1972 only
Note: Produced only in Hong Kong. All models were issued with a black interior. First car to feature double sets of wheels up front.
Magenta
Gold
Yellow
Blue
Red
--
--
--
--
--
8
9
9+
25
30
4 Med, 2Lg
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
5699
Rear Engine Mongoose
Designer: Larry Wood
Production Run: 1972 only
Note: Produced only in Hong Kong. The entire rear canopy lifts to expose the engine. Came with a decal that covered the nose and sides, that said "Tom McEwen, The Mongoo$e."
Blue Enamel
--
8
2 XL, 2 Wire
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
5699
Rear Engine Snake
Designer: Larry Wood
Production Run: 1972 only
Note: Produced only in Hong Kong. The entire rear canopy lifts to expose the engine. Came with a decal that covered the nose and sides, that said "Don Prudhomme, The Snake."
Yellow Enamel
--
8
2 XL, 2 Wire
#
Name
Colors
US
HK
Wheels
6022
Side Kick
Designer: Larry Wood
Production Run: 1972 only
Note: Produced only in Hong Kong. Features a slide-out driver's seat that can be retracted by pulling the black plastic tailpipes.
Light Green
Yellow
Gold
Blue
Magenta
Red
Rose
Aqua
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--
--
--
--
--
--
--
4-
4
5
5
5+
6
7-
8-
2 Med, 2 Lg


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 1972?

  • Watergate Scandal. 5 White House operatives are arrested for burglary
  • The hard rock band Kiss is formed in New York City in December 1972
  • Franco Harris Makes The "Immaculate Reception" on Dec 23, 1972
  • Governor George Wallace is shot three times in an assasination attempt
  • Richard Nixon orders the start for the space shuttle program
  • Atari kicks off the first generation of video games with the release of PONG
  • Richard Nixon becomes the first US president to visit the Soviet Union
  • Israeli athletes taken hostage/killed at Olympics by PLO group "Black September"
  • #1 movies of 1972 included: "The Godfather", "Diamonds Are Forever" and "Deliverance"
  • #1 songs of 1972 included: "American Pie" by Don McLean, "The Candy Man" by Sammy Davis Jr, "Song Sung Blue" by Neil Diamond, & "I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash




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