Hot Wheels® has meant fast cars with attitude ever since Mattel sold the first one in 1968. This model, known as the "Hot Bird®," was made in 1976.©2012 The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Inc.
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When I was in grade school, my uncle (who is 10 years older than me) had a little bucket filled with Hot Wheels® in his closet. I visited my grandmother's house often and he was frequently out doing teenager things, so I would sneak in there and play with the cars. I loved them so much! He would never let me play with them if I asked, so I sneaked into them often. As an adult, I finally claimed them from my grandmother's since he left them behind. They are among my most treasured possessions. - Despi, Indianapolis
There is something magical about those little diecast cars! I have kept mine for close to 40 years and introduced them to my son who has his own and loves to play with my old ones! - David, Fishers, IN