Hot Wheels Is Reviving Five Classic 1960s Cars—and They Still Look Gorgeous
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Hot Wheels is re-releasing five of the “Original 16” die-cast cars—now among the most valuable and collectible toy cars ever made.
1. Custom Chevrolet Camaro
Hot Wheels’ first die-cast car—the Custom Camaro—hit shelves on May 18, 1968, launching the “Original 16.” The custom design was inspired by California muscle cars, reflecting the car culture of the era, which emphasized speed, power and performance.
2. The Volkswagen Beetle
The Volkswagen Beetle was one of the first cars released in the original 1968 Hot Wheels line-up. It was designed by Ira Gilford and Harry Bradley, and based on the iconic German vehicle.
3. Plymouth Barracuda (1967)
This model was produced in 1968 at Hot Wheels’ USA and Hong Kong factories. The USA-made cars sported either a tan, grey or dark charcoal roof, clear windows, and delrin bearing wheels.
4. Mercury Cougar (1968)
This classic addition to the Hot Wheels collection was designed by Harry Bradley and based on the 1967 Mercury Cougar. It debuted in the 1968 line as part of the “Original 16” castings. Every version of the car had a die-cast body, die-cast chassis, redline wheels, bent-axle suspension and Spectraflame paint. The casting was originally available in only two colours, Spectraflame Blue and Spectraflame Orange. Subsequent releases expanded the colour options. Would you believe the colour of your car affects your chances of getting into an accident? (It’s true!)
5. Custom Ford Mustang (1967)
Harry Bradley also designed this 1967 Ford Mustang, which sports a striking metallic red livery. The full-size version of the ’68 Mustang topped our countdown of the best movie Mustangs of all time!