Anyone with a childhood worth recounting remembers them: the multi-entry intersections complete with spinning speed boosters, the daredevil jumps, and the vertical starts. They all fall under the trademark name that never fails to bring back memories: Hot Wheels.
But of course, Hot Wheels wasn’t first known for the tracks but for the cars themselves. They were first manufactured by Mattel as competitors to Matchbox cars. Ironically, the company who makes Matchbox cars, Tyco, is now owned by Mattel as well. Here are a listing of some of the coolest Hot Wheels cars ever manufactured.
The first model car made under the Hot Wheels brand was the ’68 Camaro. It wasn’t the flashiest car they ever made, but it was a representation of what Mattel wanted to do with the lineup. Hot Wheels made their name using this Camaro.
Another cool car created by Mattel was the ambulance. While it is not itself a racer, it really added to the ambiance of the race. When your cars inevitably crashed, you could then pretend to rescue the driver using the toy ambulance.
The 1976 Gun Bucket was a WWII-inspired military vehicle designed to handle all types of terrain. You could play in the sandbox or on the living room carpet. The swiveling guns make it not PC for today’s kids, but us adults will still be nostalgic.
The pickup truck isn’t necessarily everyone’s idea of a “cool” car, but the 1975 Backwoods Bomb was still fun. It’s kind of a mishmash of every pickup made in the 70s, so you could imagine it was anything. The addition of the plastic camper allowed for even more imaginative play.
For Hot Wheels with two wheels instead of four, there’s the unforgettable 2001 Fright Bike. It’s been re-released in several different styles over the last decade. In all of its incarnations, it is the most popular Hot Wheels motorcycle ever produced by Mattel.
For the racers, there is the 1975 American Victory. It was modeled after a Formula One race car, so it doesn’t just look cool, it’s also fast as anything. If you wanted to win a Hot Wheels race, this was the car to get.
Hot Wheels aren’t just a nostalgic toy, they are still out there for kids today. Some of the coolest Hot Wheels cars are the ones still produced using modern techniques, but you also can’t overlook the older models.