Rare Hot Wheels
The term "Spectraflame" is from the beautiful metallic color of the Hot Wheel cars. This is a great advantage over the drab enamel color of the Matchbox Cars. The beautiful finish with Spectraflame was obtained first by polishing the bare metal of the cars and coating them with a clear lacquer and these brilliant colors were featured as "antifreeze" Magenta and Hot Pink. However, the Hot Pink was not used very much on Hot Wheel Cars because pink was considered a "girl's" color. Today, the Hot Pink cars are worth a lot of money since they are so hard to find.
Delrin, a low-friction plastic, was used by Mattel so the cars could go fast on the plastic track Actually, the Delrin was used as a white bushing between the axle and wheel. These cars could go up to scale 200 mph. In 1970, the bushings were replaced with flush black inner wheels with outer caps. According to Wikipedia, one of the most famous sets was the 1970 Mongoose and Snake Drag Race Set, worth about $500 during the 1990's. There were other sets also that had a Supercharger with electric motor and foam covered wheels, a lap counter and speedometer.
There are several aspects that made Hot Wheels so popular and these included the speed factor with low-friction wheel/axle assembly, racing tires and the beautiful Spectraflame paint and mag wheels. Hot Wheel's latest, greatest designs, Twin Mill and Splittin Image were offered by Ira Gifford. I believe because of Gifford's efforts, Hot Wheels is considered the hottest brand of toy car models in the U.S.A.
Kids, especially boys, even big boys, will seemingly never get tired of playing with Hot Wheels.
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