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Hot Wheels® 1968-1972: Includes the Gran Toros™ History and Pictures

Hot Wheels® 1968-1972: Includes the Gran Toros™ History and Pictures

Bob Parker

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Marketed as the “fastest metal cars in the world,” Hot Wheels*r revolutionized the die-cast toy car market. Collectors throughout the world recognize the Hot Wheels*r brand. The models produced between 1968 and 1972 represent the vintage years for this line of toy vehicles. The bright “Spectraflame*r” paint colors and “redline” tires, unique to Hot Wheels vehicles, identify these models. These original models still drive the collecting hobby today. The 221 wonderful color photographs provide a complete visual guide for collectors. The 118 unique castings produced during this four-year period are explained in detail and a complete variation and price guide is provided to expand knowledge and interest in collecting Hot Wheels. Also included is coverage of the Gran Toros*t cars, launched soon after Mattel bought the Italian company Mebetoys. Introduced in 1970, the line was continued until 1973, though the name continued to 1980/81.This new book is a welcomed addition to Hot Wheels literature by one of the world’s foremost experts in the field.

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 215 color photos | Price Guide | 224 pp
ISBN13: 9780764314803 | Binding: soft cover


Bob Parker has been collecting and writing about Hot Wheels for many years. He resides in Connecticut.