The first Hot Wheels Red Line series was also the first production line of Hot Wheels cars in general. They were produced and released in 1968 and were also known as the “Sweet 16” series. The name “redline” derived from the fact that the car’s tires had a red pin stripe on its side. 1977 was the last year of the ‘Redline Wheel’ as Hot Wheels stopped manufacturing them. Hot Wheels after that year were also called “Basic Wheels” or “Blackwalls”. During that era, “redlines” were only produced in the US or Hong Kong. However, owning a Hot Wheels with a red striped tire, does not guarantee that it is an original redline.

Red Line Series 1968 – 1977

1968 “Sweet Sixteen”

Beatnik Bandit
Custom Barracuda
Custom Camaro
Custom Corvette
Custom Cougar
Custom Eldorado
Custom Firebird
Custom Fleetside
Custom Mustang
Custom T-Bird
Custom Volkswagen
Deora
Ford J
Hot Heap
Python
Silhouette

1969

Brabham Repco F1
Chaparral 2G
Classic 31 Ford Woody
Classic 32 Ford Vickey
Classic 36 Ford Coupe
Classic 57 T-Bird
Custom AMX
Custom Continental Mk III
Custom Dodge Charger
Custom Police Cruise
Ford MK IV
Indy Eagle
Lola GT70
Lotus Turbine
Maserati Mistral
McLaren M6A
Mercedes Benz 280SL
Rolls Royce Silver Shadow
Shelby Turbine
Splittin’ Image
Torero
Turbofire
Twinmill
Volkswagen Beach Bomb

1970

AmbulanceBoss Hoss Silver Special
Carabo
Cement Mixer
Classic Nomad
Dump Truck
Ferrari 312P
Fire Chief Cruiser
Fire Engine
Heavy Chevy
Jack Rabbit Special
King Cuda
Light My Firebird
Mantis
Mighty Maverick
Mod Quad
Mongoose Funny Car
Moving Van
Nitty Gritty Kitty
Paddy Wagon
Peeping Bomb
Porsche 917Power Pad
Red Baron
Sand Crab
Seasider Skyshow
Skyshow Fleetside
Snake Funny Car
Swingin Wing
The DemonTNT Bird
Tow Truck
Tribaby
Whip Creamer

1971

AMX2
Boss Hoss
Bugeye
Bye Focal
Classic Cord
Cockney Cab
Evil Weevil
Fuel Tanker
Grass Hopper
Hairy Hauler
Ice T
Jet Threat
Mongoose 2Mongoose Rail Dragster
Mutt MobileNoodlehead
Olds 442
Pit Crew Car
Racer Rig
Rocket Bye Baby
S’Cool Bus
Scooper
Short Order
Six Shooter
Snake 2
Snake Rail Dragster
Snorkel
Special Delivery
Strip Teaser
Sugar
Caddy
T42
Team Trailer
The Hood
Waste Wagon What 4

1972

Ferrari 512S
Funny Money
Mercedes Benz C111
Mongoose Rear Engine Dragster
Open Fire
Sidekick
Snake Rear Engine Dragster
Drivin Gear

1973

Alive 55
Buzz Off
Double Header
Double Vision
Dune Daddy
Ferrari 312P
Hiway Robber
Ice T
Mercedes Nez 280 SL
Mercedes Benz C111
Mongoose Funny Car
Odd Job
Paddy Wagon
Police Cruiser
Porsche 917
Prowler
Red Baron
Sand Witch
Show Off
Snake Funny Car
Street Snorter
Superfine Turbine
Sweet 16
Xplorer

Shell Promotion

Bugeye
Ferrari 512S
Jet Threat
Peeping Bomb
Rocket Bye Baby
Splittin’ Image
Short Order
Strip Teaser
Swingin’ Wing
Twinmill

1974

Alive 55
Baja Bruiser
Breakaway Bucket
Buzz Off
Carabo
El Rey Special
Ferrari 312P
Funny Money
Grasshopper
Heavy ChevyIce T
Mercedes Benz C111
Police Cruiser
Porsche 917
Prowler
Rash 1
Red Baron
Road King Truck
Rodger Dodger
Sir Rodney Roadster
Steam Roller
Top Eliminator
Volkswagen
Winnipeg

1975

American VictoryBackwoods Bomb
Chevy Monza
Chief’s Special
Dune Daddy
Emergency Squad
Gremlin Grinder
Gun Slinger
Large Charge
Mighty Maverick
Monte Carlo Stocker
Motocross 1
Mustang Stocker
Porsche P911
Paramedic
Ramblin Wrecker
Ranger Rig
Sand Drifter
Street Eater
Super Van
Torino Stocker
Tough Customer
Vega Bomb
Warpath

1976

American Hauler
American Tipper
Aw Shoot
Cool One
Corvette Stingray
Formula 5000
Formula PACK
Gun Bucket
Inferno
Jet Threat 2
Khaki Kooler
Lowdown
Maxi Taxi
Neet Streeter
Poison Pinto
Rock Buster
Staff Car
Street Rodder
Twinmill 2

1977

’31 Doozie
’56 Hitail Hauler
’57 Chevy
Fire Eater
GMC Motor Home
Letter Getter
Odd Rod
Second Wind
Show Hoss 2
Spoiler Sport
T Totaller
Z Whiz