Casting : Superfine Turbine



Years of Production:

1973 Only

Country of Origin:

Hong Kong and Mexico (CIPSA)

Casting Variations:

None known

Wheel Variations:

Domestic HK - Large capped wheels in the rear and smaller through hole in front. No variations known
CIPSA - Large capped wheels in the rear and smaller capped wheels in front. No variations known

Interior Colors:

Domestic HK - Black only
CIPSA - White Only

Paint Colors

HK COLORS:
Relative frequency:
COMMENTS:
Light blue 25% Most common
Dark blue 25% Common
Red 25% Common
Fluorescent lime green 20% Often thin spray
Yellow 5% Some shading variations
Pink <1% Rare in good condition; about 6 decent loose and 2 BPs are known


CIPSA COLORS:
COMMENTS:
Yellow/Maize About 9 known to exist, one BP
Green
About 6 known to exist
Brown
About 5 known to exist
Orange
Only 1 known to exist


Other versions of same Casting:

CIPSA Superfine Turbine



Comments:

The Superfine Turbine, designed by Larry Wood, is one of three castings that debuted in the 1973 product line that
were never used again, the other two being the Sweet 16 and the Double Header. Since the Superfine Turbine was
produced for only one year, it is one of the hardest-to-find castings. Interestingly, the Superfine Turbine also was
produced in Mexico under license by Compania Industriale de Plasticos SA(CIPSA), but only for one season.





Superfine Turbine

The design of the Superfine Turbine is one of the more disparate of the concept castings.
Collectors in general love the casting or despise it, with no middle ground. Inspite of the love/hate relationship, a mint piece still commands a good price.




Front and rear details of the Superfine Turbine

The Superfine Turbine is characterized by the prominent jet engine in the front. At the rear
of the vehicle, there is a plastic door that pops open to expose a two-tiered shelf.
There are no known casting variations among Superfine Turbines, which is likely a consequence of the
brief span of production.




Front and rear details of the Superfine Turbine

All bases both HK and CIPSA are labeled with Hong Kong as the country of origin.





All 10 colors of the Superfine Turbine

The Hong Kong-assembled Superfine Turbine came in six different colors.
The Mexican CIPSA-assembled car has been found in four different enamel colors.









Dark Blue
Light Blue
Lime Green
CIPSA Orange
Yellow
Pink
Red

Blister Packs

Seven colors have been found in the blister pack. Any Superfine Turbine in blister pack is quite rare.
(Click any of the above photos to see a larger image.)





CIPSA (L) and HK-made (R)Superfine Turbines

All Hong Kong-made Superfine Turbines were assembled with capped wheels in the rear and open-hub wheels in front and have a black interior/rear door.
All CIPSA Superfine Turbines have capped wheels in the front and rear and have a white interior/rear door.


Pre-Production

The Superfine Turbine is unique in the number of items associated the manufacturing process have survived.
The toy number, 6004 falls squarely in the 1971 design period, however, the casting was not produced until the 1973 model year.




Contractor's Assembly Drawing Blueprint

The blueprint is dated May 2, 1970. Note that the name was originally "Turbo Wagon".
The drawings shows that a dual circular pane windshield was planned, which never made it to production.
The wheel design shown is characteristic of the 1971 product line.




Original Pantograph Pattern

This wood and resin large scale model is called a "pattern" or "shell". It is the actual original manufacturing pattern which
was used to create the diecasting mold (tool) for the car. It is four times the size of the finished toy.
Click on the photo of the pattern to see more detail.









1/64th Scale Prototypes

Six different prototypes have survived representing a spectrum of the design and manufacturing process.
Click on each to see more details.





A unspun Body and Engine




A Pair of Pinks




All four CIPSA colors




A collection of Superfine Turbines

Photo & info credits: Ted Gray





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