Hot Wheels

The original Hot Wheels were made by Elliot Handler. Hot Wheels were conceived to be more like "hot rod" (often with big rear tires, superchargers, flame paint-jobs, outlandish proportions, etc.) cars, as compared to Matchbox cars which were more like small-scale models of production 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 pinstripe on their sides. The rest is history.