If you’re anything like us, that is, madly obsessed with cars and anything associated with them, you likely had a few Hot Wheels in the toy chest as a child. Though, again, if you’re anything like us, you may still buy them.
In 1968, these metal machined would enter the world and change how toy cars were perceived forever. Southern California-based Mattel developed Hot Wheels through the swinging 1960s, running a perfect parallel with California hot rod culture and Detroit muscle.
The first of many, many Hot Wheels to come were a tad different from what we know today, though. They featured “torsion bar suspensions”, which gave the cars some play in the chassis itself, and the hoods all popped open to reveal chrome engines. The famed red pinstripe tires are also present.
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