Dating matchbox cars

Gilford, who had just left Chrysler, quickly accepted the job of designing the next Hot Wheels models.Some of Hot Wheels' greatest cars, such as the Twin Mill and Splittin' Image, came from Ira Gilford's drawing board.Because 'Hot Pink' was considered a "girls color", it was not used very much on Hot Wheels cars.For most castings, it is the hardest color to find, and today can command prices ten times as high as more common colors.The "Torsion Bar" suspension was simple, but flawed.

He'd left Ford and longed to return to southern California.

It was the combination of all of these ingredients — speed via the low-friction wheel/axle assembly and racing tires, looks due to Spectraflame paint and mag wheels, plus the inclusion of very American themes such as hot-rod designs based on true American prototypes not seen in great numbers in the competition's product lines — that laid the groundwork for the incredible success story Hot Wheels were to become.