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A brand of collectible cars and vehicle-themed toys produced by Mattel.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Hot Wheels page on 24 July 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Hot Wheels is a brand of 1:64, 1:43, 1:18 and 1:50 scale die-cast toy cars introduced by American toy maker Mattel in 1968. It was the primary competitor of Matchbox until 1997, when Mattel bought Tyco Toys, then-owner of Matchbox.

Many automobile manufacturers have licensed Hot Wheels to make scale models of their cars, allowing the use of original design blueprints and detailing. Although Hot Wheels were originally intended for children and young adults, they have become popular with adult collectors, for whom limited edition models are now made available.

The original Hot Wheels were made by Elliot Handler. Hot Wheels were conceived to be more like "tricked out" cars, as compared to Matchbox cars which were more city or "real life" cars. There were sixteen castings released on May 18, 1968, eleven of them designed by Harry Bentley Bradley. The first one produced was a dark blue Custom Camaro. Bradley was from the car industry and had designed the body for the (full-sized) Dodge Deora concept car and the Custom Fleetside, (based on his own customized 1968 Chevrolet C-10 Fleetside).

In 1968, the first production line of Hot Wheels Cars is known as The Original Sweet 16, which is the first of the Red Line Series, meaning the tires have a red pin stripe on their sides.

In addition to the cars themselves, Mattel produced a racing track set (sold separately). Though it would be updated throughout the years, the original track consisted of a series of brightly colored orange road sections (pieced together to form an oblong, circular race track), with one (or sometimes two) "super chargers" (faux service stations through which cars passed on the tracks, featuring battery-powered spinning wheels, which would propel the cars along the tracks).


Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - 4641-0610Ford Stake Bed TruckSmall scale, Red & Yellow w/"Rapid Delivery"
Die Cast - 14917-0918Ferrari F501996 First Editions, small scale, red
Die Cast - 18143-1910G1Escort Rally1998 First Editions, Small scale, White & Blue #8 "Swisher Motors"
Die Cast - 18173-1910G2Dodge Caravan1998 First Editions, small scale, metallic dark purple w/Dodge Caravan graphic in yellow, black & white
Die Cast - 18543-0910G1'63 T-Bird1998 First Editions, small scale, Metallic Teal
Die Cast - 24117-09101980 CorvetteSmall scale, gold
Die Cast - 24381-1911'67 Dodge Charger2000 First Editions, small scale, silver
Die Cast - 24386-1911Mini Cooper2000 First Editions, small scale, yellow w/checker roof
Die Cast - 25407-0910Ford Broncosmall scale, white w/green top, purple bike on rear,"Santa Fe"
Die Cast - 26011-0910Olds 442Seein' 3-D Series, small scale, metallic green & gloss black w/"OLDS 442" graphic
Die Cast - 27112-0910Porsche CarreraSmall scale, blue
Die Cast - 27638Dodge Charger1:18 scale, 1969 R/T red
Die Cast - 28758-0910 D1Honda Civic Si2001 First Editions, small scale, red w/white graphics & "Hot Wheels"
Die Cast - 28770-0910 D1Ford Focus2001 First Editions, small scale, Black & Yellow "Meguiar's" drag race var
Die Cast - 50427Porsche 9111:18 scale, yellow
Die Cast - 52912-0710Hyundai Spyder Concept2002 First Editions, small scale, gold
Die Cast - 52912-E910Hyundai Spyder Concept2002 First Editions, small scale, gold, Race & Win! Online
Die Cast - 52920-E910Nissan Skyline2002 First Editions, small scale, blue "APT" #2, Race & Win! Online
Die Cast - 52935-09101968 Mercury Cougar2002 First Editions, small scale, lime green w/black roof
Die Cast - 53728-0910Dodge Power Wagonsmall scale, metallic black
Die Cast - 54365-0711Purple PassionHot Rod Magazine, small scale, light purple
Die Cast - 54366-0710HooliganHot Rod Magazine, small scale, green/black
Die Cast - 54367-0710Deuce RoadsterHot Rod Magazine, small scale, brown
Die Cast - 54367-0710'70 Plymouth RoadrunnerHot Rod Magazine, small scale, yellow
Die Cast - 54375-0711Mustang CobraSweet Rides, small scale, silver & blue Nestle Crunch #12
Die Cast - 54375-E910Mustang CobraSweet Rides, small scale, silver & blue Nestle Crunch #12 Race & Win! Online
Die Cast - 54376-E910'70 Chevelle SSSweet Rides, small scale, yellow Butterfinger #2
Die Cast - 55040-E910 G1T-Bird StockerSmall scale, Dark Blue #4 Hot Wheels Racing
Die Cast - 57101-0710Cadillac LMPHot Auction, Small scale, silver & black
Die Cast - 57192-0710'69 El CaminoWild Wave, Small scale, Yellow Custom with rear engine
Die Cast - B3836-0714C G1Lincoln Continental 1964Cereal Crunchers, small scale, convertible, red w/Trix
Die Cast - B3837-0714C G1Plymouth GTX 1971Cereal Crunchers, small scale, yellow w/Honey Nut Cheerios, convertible
Die Cast - BDD14-09B0BAston Martin 1963 DB5Small scale
Die Cast - C2741-0715 G1 (C4982)Corvette C62004 First Editions, small scale red
Die Cast - CFM00-09B0N'74 Brazilian Dodge ChargerSmall scale teal w/orage flames
Die Cast - DWF38-0910AMC Javelin AMXForza Motorsport, small scale, silver w/black graphics,
Die Cast - G6686-0715 G1 (C4982)Mitsubishi Eclipse Concept Car2005 First Editions/Realistix, small scale, orange
Die Cast - G6692-0715 (C4982)1969 Pontiac Firebird T/ARealistix, small scale, white w/blue stripes
Die Cast - G6725-0715 (C4982)2005 Ford Mustang GT2005 First Editions/Realistix, small scale, dark red
Die Cast - G6732-0715 (C4982)'69 Pontiac GTORealistix, small scale, black "The Judge"
Die Cast - G6732-0916 G1'69 Pontiac GTO2005 First Editions/Realistix, small scale, Orange "The Judge"
Die Cast - G6826-0916Pontiac BonnevilleRed Lines, small scale, metallic green
Die Cast - G6828-05161971 Plymouth GTXMuscle Mania, small scale, yellow w/black stripes, short package
Die Cast - H9083-0916Corvette C62004 First Editions, small scale yellow w/black stripes
Die Cast - J3387-09161970 Plymouth BarracudaMopar Madness, Small scale, Dark Orange w/black top
Die Cast - J3248-0916 G1'69 Corvette2006 First Editions, small scale, dark red
Die Cast - J3253-0916 G12006 Dodge Viper Coupe2006 First Editions, small scale, metallic dark grey
Die Cast - J3253-091F2006 Dodge Viper Coupe2006 First Editions, small scale, metallic blue w/white stripes, Ultrafast Wheels!
Die Cast - J3262-0916'69 Camaro2006 First Editions, small scale, metallic Black w/white stripe
Die Cast - J3262-0917D'69 Camaro2006 First Editions, small scale, purple w/white stripe
Die Cast - J3266-0916Corvette C6R2006 First Editions, small scale silver #8
Die Cast - J3269-0916Honda Civic Si2006 First Editions, small scale, dark red 2006
Die Cast - J3270-1716'70 Dodge Challenger HEMI2006 First Editions, small scale, purple w/black
Die Cast - J3287-09161969 Dodge ChargerT-Hunt, small scale, orange #06
Die Cast - J3272-0917BNissan Titan2006 New Models, Small scale, Black
Die Cast - J3286-0916Nissan SkylineDropstars, small scale, teal & black
Die Cast - J3286-0916Nissan SkylineDropstars, small scale, dark blue
Die Cast - J3422-0717Custom '69 ChevyRed Line, small scale, metallic green w/Red Line wheels pickup truck
Die Cast - J3422-0917CCustom '69 ChevyRed Line, small scale, metallic dark yellow w/Red Line wheels pickup truck
Die Cast - J3243-0916 G2Toyota AE-86 Corolla2006 First Editions, small scale, white w/black hood & "Hot Wheels" in red
Die Cast - J3426-0917D1969 Pontiac FirebirdRed Line, small scale, metallic pink w/Red Line tires Die Cast - J34281971 Buick RivieraHi-Rakers, small scale, oversized wheels, purple w/yellow graphics, Short Package Die Cast - J3478-09161968 Mercury Cougarsmall scale, green w/black roof Die Cast - J3478-0917C1968 Mercury Cougarsmall scale, orange w/black roof Die Cast - J6166-0918ACustom '53 Chevy2007 New Models, small scale, metallic purple & flat white w/clear hood coupe Die Cast - J8021-17162005 Ford Mustang GT2005 First Editions/Realistix, small scale, yellow w/black hood Die Cast - K6133-0917BDodge Challenger Concept2007 New Models, small scale, green, Instant Win Die Cast - K6133-0917DDodge Challenger Concept2007 New Models, small scale, green Die Cast - K6133-0917HDodge Challenger Concept2007 New Models, small scale, dark red Die Cast - K6133-0917PDodge Challenger Concept2007 New Models, small scale, grey Die Cast - K6133-0918GDodge Challenger Concept2007 New Models, small scale, orange Die Cast - K6134-0917CChevy Camaro Concept2007 New Models, small scale, silver Die Cast - K6134-0917FChevy Camaro Concept2007 New Models, small scale, red Die Cast - K6134-0917JChevy Camaro Concept2007 New Models, small scale, black Die Cast - K6134-0917KChevy Camaro Concept2007 New Models, small scale, black Die Cast - K6138-0917FShelby Cobra Daytona Coupe2007 New Models, small scale, red w/white stripe #59 Die Cast - K6146-0917EFerrari 599 GTB2007 New Models, small scale, red Die Cast - K6146-0917H D1Ferrari 599 GTB2007 New Models, small scale, black Die Cast - K6146-0917M D1Ferrari 599 GTB2007 New Models, small scale, yellow Die Cast - K6146-0917N D1Ferrari 599 GTB2007 New Models, small scale, yellow Die Cast - K6152-0917N D1Chevy Silverado2007 New Models, small scale, metallic black Die Cast - K6154-0917K D1'64 Lincoln Continental2007 New Models, small scale, metallic blue Die Cast - K6154-0917M D1'64 Lincoln Continental2007 New Models, small scale, metallic white Die Cast - K6154-0918C'64 Lincoln Continental2007 New Models, small scale, metallic white Die Cast - K6155-0917H D1 G1Ferrari 250 LM2007 New Models, Small scale, Red #21 1965 Winner driven by Masten Gregory & Jochen Rindt Die Cast - K7561-0917DCamaro Z28Camaro, small scale, yellow w/red-orange stripes, "Z28" Die Cast - K7575-0917H1969 Dodge ChargerEngine Revealers, small scale, white w/blue stripes Die Cast - K7598-0918A'70 ChevelleRagtops & Roadsters, small scale, dark orange w/white stripes & red line tires, convertible Die Cast - K7612-0517 D1'69 Pontiac GTOT-Hunt, small scale, Dark Blue w/yellow flames, Short Package Die Cast - K7613-0917FNissan SkylineTreasure Hunt, small scale, dark orange & silver & black #7 Die Cast - K7651-0917H D1 G1Honda Civic SiCode Car, small scale, blue w/black & white graphics 2006 Die Cast - L3014-0917N D1Mitsubishi Eclipse Concept CarCode Car, small scale, blue w/flames Die Cast - L3101-0917M D1Ferrari F502007 All Stars, small scale, red Die Cast - L3103-0918B'63 Corvette2007 All Stars, small scale, blue w/silver stripe Die Cast - L3104-0917NCustom '59 Cadillac2007 All Stars, Small scale, blue w/white flames Die Cast - L3107-0918ADDodge Charger2007 All Stars, small scale, 1974 gold w/black stripe Die Cast - L3107-0918DDodge Charger2007 All Stars, small scale, 1974 red w/black stripe Die Cast - L3107-0918EDodge Charger2007 All Stars, small scale, 1974 red w/black stripe Die Cast - L9915-0918A'07 Shelby GT-5002008 New Models, small scale, red w/white stripes Die Cast - L9920-0518'69 Dodge Coronet Super Bee2008 First Editions, small scale, red w/black stripe (Short Card) Die Cast - L9920-0918F'69 Dodge Coronet Super Bee2008 New Models, small scale, red w/black stripe Die Cast - L9920-0918G'69 Dodge Coronet Super Bee2008 New Models, small scale, red w/black stripe Die Cast - L9920-0918L'69 Dodge Coronet Super Bee2008 New Models, small scale, metallic white w/black stripe Die Cast - L9924-0918K'09 Corvette ZR12008 New Models, small scale blue Die Cast - L9932-0518'69 Chevelle2008 New Models, small scale, metallic yellow w/black pinstripes, Short Package Die Cast - L9932-0918H'69 Chevelle2008 New Models, small scale, metallic yellow w/black pinstripes Die Cast - L9932-0918M'69 Chevelle2008 New Models, small scale, metallic dark red w/black pinstripes Die Cast - L9938-0918H2008 Lancer Evolution2008 New Models, small scale, dark red Die Cast - L9941-05182008 Tesla Roadster2008 First Editions, small scale, dark red Die Cast - L9941-B919D2008 Tesla Roadster2008 First Editions, small scale, metallic silver Die Cast - L9942-0918LFord Mustang Fastback2008 New Models, small scale, 1965 metallic white w/blue stripes #11 Die Cast - L9952-0918JCamaro Convertible Concept2008 New Models, small scale, dark orange w/black stripes Die Cast - L9952-0918LCamaro Convertible Concept2008 New Models, small scale, blue w/white stripes Die Cast - M6903-0919AVolkswagen BeetleTeam: Volkswagen, customized flat black w/grey Die Cast - M6913-0918CHonda Civic Si2008 All Stars, small scale, gold w/whit 2006 Die Cast - M6924-0918E'65 Chevy Impala2008 All Stars, small scale, Purple w/orange flames & orange glass Die Cast - M6942-0919A'62 Chevy2008 All Stars, small scale, white w/blue stripe Die Cast - M6979-0918FChevy Camaro ConceptWeb Trading Cars, small scale, orange w/black stripes Die Cast - M6983-0918ANissan SkylineWeb Trading Cars, small scale, black w/gold Die Cast - M6983-0918BNissan SkylineWeb Trading Cars, small scale, black w/gold Die Cast - M6983-0918ENissan SkylineWeb Trading Cars, small scale, gold w/black Die Cast - M6995-A519'70 Dodge Challenger HemiHot Wheels Stars, small scale, short card, dark red w/silver stripe Die Cast - N4011-A919E'69 Mercury Cougar Eliminator2009 New Models, small scale, dark orange Die Cast - N4019-A919KAMC Javelin AMX2009 New Models, small scale, green w/black stripes< Die Cast - N4022-A919H'70 Chevelle SS Wagon2009 New Models, small scale, yellow w/black stripes Die Cast - N4026-A919HCustom V8 Vega2009 New Models, small scale, yellow w/black stripes Die Cast - N4032-B910C'70 Plymouth AAR Cuda2009 New Models, Small scale, Dark pink Die Cast - N4034-A919P'66 Ford Fairlane GT2009 New Models, small scale, dark red w/white stripe Die Cast - N4047-0919E2010 Ford Mustang GT2009 New Models, small scale, red Die Cast - P2397-0919F'69 CamaroMuscle Mania, small scale, orange w/white stripes Hotchkis Die Cast - P2402-0919GOldsmobile 442Muscle Mania, small scale, bronze & black Die Cast - P2455-A910C'09 Corvette ZR-1Faster Than Ever, small scale lime green w/black Die Cast - P2476-0919E G1Nissan Skyline GT-R R32Dream Garage, small scale, gold & black Die Cast - R0947-B9A0B G2'62 Ford Mustang Concept2010 New Models, small scale, red Die Cast - R0950-A9A0B G2'49 Drag Merc2010 New Models, small scale, red w/yellow flames Die Cast - R0953-0910F'71 Maverick Grabber2010 New Models, small scale, dark yellow Die Cast - R0953-0910J'71 Maverick Grabber2010 New Models, small scale, blue Die Cast - R0956-A910K'71 Dodge Charger2010 New Models small scale, yellow w/black Die Cast - R6458-0910D'67 Chevelle SS 3962010 New Models, small scale, dark red w/white stripes Die Cast - R7499-A910J'10 Camaro SSHW Garage, small scale, silver w/red, Indianapolis 500 Centennial Era Die Cast - R7504-B9A0DAMC Javelin AMXMuscle Mania, small scale, green w/white stripe #4< Die Cast - R7584-0910ACustom '59 CadillacHot Auction, Small scale, purple w/green stripes Die Cast - R7639-0818Hot Bird1970's Pontiac Firebird, Race World Volcano, small scale, blue w/red flames (Short Card) Die Cast - T9675-09A0B G2Custom '11 CamaroSmall scale, red w/black #6 Die Cast - T9707-09A0FDanica Patrick 2010 Chevy Impala2011 New Models, small scale, 2010 Chevrolet Impala, #7 Hot Wheels Die Cast - T9707-09A0HDanica Patrick 2010 Chevy Impala2011 New Models, small scale, 2010 Chevrolet Impala, #7 Hot Wheels Die Cast - T9725-09A0CStudebaker AvantiTreasure Hunts, small scale, gold w/white stripes Die Cast - T9849-09A0LAMC Javelin AMXFaster Than Ever '11, small scale, metallic Brown w/beige stripes< Die Cast - T9860-09A0P'69 Pontiac GTOHW Racing '11, small scale, Blue w/white stripes "Hot Wheels" #6 Die Cast - T9866-09GN'92 Ford MustangHW Racing '11, small scale, blue w/white stripes "Hot Wheels" #8 Die Cast - T9934-09A0EDodge Challenger Drift Car2011 New Models, small scale, blue & black Dodge-sponsored Samuel Hübinette Die Cast - T9948-09A0K'67 Pontiac Firebird 400Street Beasts '11, small scale, metallic gray w/red wheels Die Cast - T9973-09A0L'69 Shelby GT-5002011 New Models, small scale, Grabber Blue w/white stripe, Die Cast - T9996-09GNGreen Lantern: '71 Dodge Challenger2011 New Models, small scale, orange w/black Die Cast - V0014-09A0L'63 Studebaker Champ2011 New Models, small scale, metallic teal, customized

Photographs

Jack Balwin Hot Wheels Chevrolet Camaro Model Car Jack Baldwin Chevrolet Camaro
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Summer NNL hosted by GTR Auto Modelers
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Hot Wheels Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Chevrolet Camaro
2013 Geneva International Motor Show
Photo ©2013 Norbert Aepli, Switzerland
This photograph is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
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Hot Wheels Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Chevrolet Camaro
2013 Geneva International Motor Show
Photo ©2013 Norbert Aepli, Switzerland
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Hot Wheels Photo ©2017 Bill Crittenden
Green Street Cruise Night: 7 August 2017
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