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Toy car - Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels

  • Object:

    Toy car

  • Place of origin:

    Hong Kong (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1976 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mattel, Inc (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Metal die cast and plastic

  • Museum number:

    B.112-2004

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Introduced in 1968, Hot Wheels were the US competitor to Matchbox. Although there are roughly 10,000 models to date, the brand is famous for its custom hot rods and muscle cars. Elliot and Ruth Handler, co-founders of Mattel, wanted to make a range of cool cars for children. One of the design team members was Harry Bradley from General Motors. When Elliot first saw Bradley's classic Southern California hot rod in the parking lot he said, "Man those are some hot wheels" and so the Hot Wheels brand name was born.

Physical description

Green car with spoiler on roof and sunset graphic on both sides. It has four black plastic wheels and a silver bottom.

Place of Origin

Hong Kong (manufactured)

Date

1976 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

Mattel, Inc (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Metal die cast and plastic

Marks and inscriptions

'Hot Wheels. Spoiler Sport. Mattel inc 1976. Hong Kong'

Dimensions

Length: 7.7 cm maximum, Width: 2.4 cm, Height: 2.5 cm maximum

Object history note

Purchased as part of collection of 6 Hot Wheels cars (B.112-2004 - B.117-2004), see purchase price.

Descriptive line

Toy car, metal and green plastic, Hot Wheels, Spoiler Sport, made by Mattel, Hong Kong, 1970s.

Materials

Metal; Plastic

Techniques

Die cast

Categories

Dolls & Toys; Children & Childhood

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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