About Hot Wheels
Introduced by Mattel in 1968, Hot Wheels revolutionized the die-cast market. Smaller and lighter than their British counterparts, Hot Wheels were built for speed. Kids loved the bright colours and the line was an instant hit. Until 1971, the cars sported red sidewall tires and these "Red Lines" are a favourite with collectors. (Some new models also have commemorative redlines, so study the line before purchasing.)From 1983 until '87, Goodyear produced the tires for the "Real Rider" series and their logo is on the sidewalls. Over 2 billion Hot Wheels vehicles have been produced since their inception.
In 2000, Mattel introduced the 36 "First Editions". A new wheel type appeared, brought over from the Matchbox line. In 2003, for the 35th anniversary, Mattel teamed up with Columbia Pictures to create a Hot Wheels movie. (Information thanks to the worldcollectorsnet website)