The "T-4-2" (casting no. 6177) was produced only in Hong Kong and is a
Larry Wood-designed concept car based on Henry Ford's famous Model "T".
Originally dubbed "Which Way" before its regular production in 1971 and
1972, its yin-yang design marries "2" souped-up Model T front ends,
with a die cast question mark "?" on either side door. The car
features a pair of steering wheels and driver's seats, each facing the
front and rear of the car, depending of course on "which way" your
T-4-2 is scorching down the orange track! The T-4-2 has a metal
base and four large-size redline wheels, blue-tinted windshields tucked
under a black plastic roof, and front and rear flat black-painted
grilles. All T-4-2 interiors are brown, except for the Mexican
(CIPSA) T-4-2 (casting no. 3407), thus far only found in a
yellow-orange enamel with a white interior.
There's more to this "Siamese Heap" casting than meets the eye...
First, while its sizable exposed engines imply the mega-horsepower
typical of all early Hot Wheels cars, as depicted in the T's top view...
...the front view (or rear, again depending on your guess) looks like a
conservative Model T because the great "Elwood" set the car's engines
perfectly flush with and tucked behind the radiator grille...
Collectors who purchase their first "T" are usually surprised by the
size and weight of the casting which, together with four large wheels,
makes it a formidable downhill racer. And it is one of the most
detailed redline-era castings, insofar as it generally has more
component pieces, relatively speaking.
The T-4-2 does share scale similarities with the Hot Heap (another redline
casting based on the Model T) as judged by the overall appearance of
each. The T's slightly larger fenders (as compared to the Heaps's
front and even rear fenders), and the fact that the T has four large
wheels (versus the Heap's medium fronts), tend to make the T seem
slightly larger and stand a little taller.
It is common to find T-4-2s that are missing their black plastic
roof. In the photos below, an original roof compared to a
reproduction roof. Repro roofs are generally flatter in finish
than the originals, have side edges which are not as smooth, and are
missing the complete series of numbers molded in the original's
Above & below: original
(L) and reproduction (R) T-4-2 roofs.
Consequently, the T's roof can be easily removed and re-inserted using
the two underside tabs that easily fit into the canopy top slots of the
A light green T-4-2 with the roof
T-4-2s can be found in blister packs with the original '68 Hot Wheels
card art (1971), and the 1972 "Mantis" or "California Custom
Miniatures" card (as shown in the photo below). T-4-2 buttons
were only produced in plastic.
In addition to the rare CIPSA version mentioned earlier, at least one
prototype was made in hot pink spectraflame with some experimental
painting of the question mark cast on either side of the car in flat
black. It appears that the proto was derived from a Hot Heap, as its fenders are
similar and the proto has two Hot Heap engines. Other distinct
features of the proto include a smaller bumper on one end of the car,
and an asymmetrical roof (an overhang on one end but not the other).
The T-4-2 was also found in the '72 Zappit Paks, (stock no.
5824). Unfortunately, the T-4-2 casting was never used as
the subject of any Hot Wheels box art.
The following color chart is based on study of various published
redline color guides for the T-4-2, as well as collecting T-4-2's
privately and on the web. One resource erroneously lists gold as
a production color for the T-4-2. Also, some red T-4-2s were
generally lightly sprayed and are therefore sometimes referred to as
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A light green T-4-2.
A red T-4-2.
A green T-4-2.
An aqua T-4-2.
A view of the T-4-2 base.
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