The Indy Eagle was one of four
open-wheel Indy cars released in 1969 as part of the new Grand Prix
The Hot Wheels Indy Eagle is a pretty good replica of the #48 Ford-Weslake Indy Eagle that was driven by rookie driver Jochen Rindt in the 1967 Indianapolis 500. It is curious that the Mattel designer chose Rindt's #48 car as the model, rather than the #69 car of Denny Hulme. Hulme's Eagle finished 4th behind A.J. Foyt's winning Ford-Coyote, while Rindt finished 24th, having retired on lap 108 with a broken valve. Indy-Eagles were designed and built by All American Racing (AAR), a company founded in 1965 by Dan Gurney and Carroll Shelby with the financial backing of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. The cars that AAR built in the mid to late '60s were characterized by a "beak" at the front of the car, hence the name "Eagle". During the late '60s, Eagles raced on both sides of the Atlantic, with Dan Gurney driving one to victory in the 1967 Grand Prix of Belgium. Gurney's Formula 1 win was the first one by an American since 1921.
Jochen Rindt at the wheel of his 1967 Indy Eagle (L). Dan Gurney with a couple of Eagles, c. 1966 (R).
As with all four Indy cars, the Indy Eagle was produced only by the Hong Kong factory. It features a blue-tinted windscreen (as do all HK cars), a visible metal engine and twin chromed plastic tailpipes connected by a small wing. Eagles were painted with a variety of Spectraflame colors, and included a small "Hot Wheels" decal on the right side of the car. A waterslide decal sheet with racing numbers and sponsors logos was included in the blister pack. In addition to the Spectraflame colors, the Indy Eagle was also produced in gold chrome, and featured a gold engine, gold chrome pipes and a gold base. The gold Eagle is the rarest of the black interior cars.
A gold chrome Indy Eagle.
A prototype Indy Eagle with snap-on fuel tanks (B. Rosas).
Indy Eagle Color chart
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A copper Indy Eagle in the blister pack!
An Indy Eagle rainbow!