Hot Wheels were introduced in 1968 by the Mattel company. So the collectible die-cast automobiles are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year.
My friends and I all had a Hot Wheels collection. I'd set up the track on the fireplace mantle. It would extend down the carpet, make it through the first loop-de-loop then head down the hallway. Some cars certainly went faster than others.
I don't know what became of my old Hot Wheels cars, but if you still are holding on to yours, you should check out some of the links I have here and see if you might a valuable car. Do you have the James Bond 007 Lotus Esprit S1? The 1968 Cheetah Base Python? How about the 1969 pink rear-loading VW Beach Bomb? Hot Wheels collector Bruce Pascal paid a cool $72,000 for that one.