Started in 1968, by Mattel
's co-founders Elliot and Ruth Handler, Hot Wheels
cars are die cast
metal toy collectable cars made at a 1/64 scale. Initially with only 16 models, there have been over 10,000 Hot Wheels model cars made over the years. The first Hot Wheels cars were replica Chevrolet Camaros
and sold for $.59 cents each (That’s about $3 today…). Over the course of several model lines, Mattel has included such details in the die cast cars such as spoilers
, rubber tires, flake metal
paint jobs and chrome
fittings. There are 25 specific types of tire designs: white walls, three, five and seven spoke, off-road, dragster, Indy style, etc.
The biggest appeal with Hot Wheels collectables is certainly the track sets. Sections of track you can connect together yourself... loops and ramps, straight-aways, launchers, intersecting pieces, the "Criss-Cross-Crash". Make your own track and loop it over ad through several rooms in the house. Especially if you had friends with tracks, connect em all together and that was a pretty good time.