Hot Wheels is a brand of 1:64, 1:43, 1:18 and 1:50 scale die-cast toy cars introduced by American toy maker Mattel in 1968. It was the primary competitor of Matchbox. Hot Wheels were conceived to be more like “tricked out” cars as compared to Matchbox cars which were more city or “real life” cars. There were sixteen castings released in 1968 (sometimes called the “Sweet 16” by collectors), 10 were based upon customized versions of regular production automobiles of the era, and 6 were based upon real show cars and cars designed and built for track racing., eleven of them designed by Harry Bentley Bradley. The first one produced was a dark blue Custom Camaro. Bradley was from the car industry and had designed the body for the Dodge Deora concept car and the Custom Fleetside. Being part of the “Hot Wheels” generation the logo on the side of te tank instantly made me a fan. But beyond just the tank. What’s not to love? Radial whitewall tires, a panhead, it’s the Hot Wheels of bikes.