Hot Wheels

Muscle Car Review - - Up Front -

Palmer’s ac­count of the 50-year his­tory of Mat­tel’s die-cast Hot Wheels is a lot like the cars them­selves: lively, col­or­ful, and re­ally fun to spend time with. The ori­gin story is told with archival pho­tos, de­signer sketches, and even U.S. Patent pa­per­work (for the iconic or­ange track). But the book also delves into toy his­tory, Hot Wheels–re­lated mer­chan­dise, col­lectabil­ity and rar­i­ties, and the 1:1-scale cars en­thu­si­asts have built in trib­ute to their 1:64 fa­vorites. The book comes in a plas­tic car­ry­ing case sim­i­lar to those we used to store our cars when they weren’t fly­ing down that or­ange track.

by Kris Palmer, 160 pages, hard­bound; Mo­tor­books, quar­to­­tor­books

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