Rear Load Beach Bomb Information
In search of the Elusive 1969 Rear Loading Volkswagon Beach Bomb prototypes.   Die-cast metal chassis, Redline wheels, white interior, clear plastic windows with orange and yellow surfboards loaded through the rear window.

This car did not work properly through the Hot Wheels Supercharger.  Its center of gravity was too high, and did not stay on the track well on turns.  This resulted in the Car being reworked into what was eventually release, the Side Loading Beach Bomb.

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Rear Loading Beach Bomb (RLBB)
The Holy Grail of Hot Wheels

Count Color RLBB - Rear Loading
8 Green
8 Red
5 Antifreeze
4 Blue
4 Purple
3 Zamac
3 Rose
2 Gold
2 Pink
1 Red Enamel
1 Light Blue
TLBB - Transitional Loading
2 Zamac
1 Antifreeze
44 Grand Total RLBB + TLBB

Rear Load Beach Bomb Information
The Rear Load Beach Bomb (RLBB) Tooling was created at Neward DIe & Manufacturing in San Bernardino County, California.  This company was hired by Mattel with the responsiblty for creating most of the tooling for the first several years of Redline Hot Wheels.  Plastic Injection Molding facilities also existed at this location and where used to run various Hot Wheel plastic parts.  The bodies and chassis of the cars were actually made of Zamac (Zinc Aluminum Metal Alloy Casting), a metallic alloy.

Creation Time Line
Date Part Company RLBB - Rear Loading
11-Feb-1969 Body Mattel Date the Body drawings to be completed.
14-Feb-1969 Chassis Mattel Date the Chassis drawings to be completed.
23-Feb-1969 Interior Mattel Date the Interior drawings to be completed.
25-Feb-1969 Glass Mattel Date the Glass drawings to be completed.
Apr-1969 All parts Newards Revision A - Turn the RLBB into the TLBB/SLBB
May-1969 All parts Newards Required at least 12 weeks to return a completed car.
21-Oct-1969 All parts Newards Revision B - Various dimension changes
17-Nov-1969 All parts Newards Revision C - Rear body lower, Rear window shorter, Rib added to interior
Oct-Nov-1969 Car Mattel Type 2 RLBB car with prototype SLBB base shows up (Pink #1)
2-Mar-1970 All parts Newards Revision D - Redesigned various for adapting Wheel Strip - don't think this was ever produced

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