Hot Wheels cars were first created by Mattel in 1968, and have
continued to be a very popular American toy, even with adults.
The types of cars produced has evolved over time, and the
majority of the 1980's brought was collectors call the "Blackwalls
Era" (tires no longer had red lines in them). The 80's
brought us iterations like color changing paint, crash panels,
and jack ups.
In addition to all the cool
cars was all the cool sets and tracks. Of course you could
connect track together and launch the cars using a motorized
wheel (like the Turbotrax), but there were also sets that
required your imagination, such as the truck stop, mechanics
garage, city set, cargo plane, railroad freight yard,