Bye Focal (1971)
 


  The Bye Focal was released in 1971 as a Hong Kong casting only.
Designed by Larry Wood, the car was based on a fanciful two-engine version of the 1970 Dodge Challenger.



The Bye Focal featured either a clear or blue-tinted liftable plastic hood.
The blue-tinted hood is more common, and present on about 75% of Bye Focals.
One decal was applied at the factory to driver side, and a sticker sheet with two additional stickers was included in the blister pack.


A magenta Bye Focal showing the twin engines under a blue-tinted hood.


A rare yellow Bye Focal in the original blister pack.  This item sold for $7,000 on eBay in 2003!  (Courtesy of A. Thomas)

The only casting variation is a flat engine top with no injectors which have been found in magenta, aqua, blue and green.
The "no-injector" cars also had a longer hood that curled up at the end.
All but the green no-injector Bye Focals have a narrower hood that is removable and can be taken off the car without breaking the hood pins.
Some green cars also have this narrow hood.



A very rare red Bye Focal with the no-injector engine variation. (Courtesy of B. Rosas)

No-injector Bye Focals also have been found in red. Only three red cars exist and these are thought to be a pre-production version.
One of these cars features a blank base (pictured above & below).
Note that this pre-production car is the only Bye Focal known with part numbers on the hood.


A pre-production red "no-injector" Bye Focal with blank base.  (Courtesy of B. Rosas)

Bye focals are famous for occasionally having so-called "crumbler bases".
As pictured below, these bases apparently were constructed of a poor quality batch of metal and tend to fracture and crumble quite easily.
Obviously, a major bummer when the rest of the car is still in such great condition!






Color chart

HK COLORS:
COMMENTS:
aqua
common
magenta common
blue uncommon
light green
uncommon
green (no injectors) hard to find
green
very hard to find
magenta (no injectors)
very hard to find
blue (no injectors)
very hard to find
aqua (no injectors)
very hard to find
red
rare
light blue
very rare
yellow
very rare
purple
extremely rare
red (no injectors)
extremely rare



A Bye Focal in light green. (Courtesy of G, Nabors)



A magenta Bye Focal with injectors and the blue-tinted hood.



A very rare purple Bye Focal; only a couple of these have been found!



A red Bye Focal in the blister pack!





The 1973 issue of the Bye Focal - renamed the "Show Off" - did not have a plastic hood.  (Courtesy of R. Nakamura)


A stunning Bye Focal in light ("ice") blue!


Photo & info credits: Mark Axelson




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