Welcome to the On-Line Redline Guide!

A collaborative effort by collectors to provide the most complete
and accurate information on redline Hot Wheels anywhere on the web.


Alphabetical
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
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What is a Redline?

A "Redline" Hot Wheels car is one that was manufactured within the first ten years of production, 1968 to 1977.
The term "redline" derives from the fact that, during that period, the cars were manufactured with a red stripe on the tire.



Although there were a number of different wheels types and sizes, almost ALL cars made during the redline era have red striped wheels.
(The exceptions being the Rail Dragsters from 1971, the two motorcycles from 1975 and some of the military vehicles)

However, simply having a red striped wheel does NOT guarantee that a car is a true redline.

In 1978, the red stripe was abandoned and cars made after 1977 are commonly known as "Basic Wheel" or "Blackwalls".
In 1993, the red striped wheels returned to the product line on the "Vintage" reproductions of the original red lines and have been used intermittently since then.
So, the red striped wheel alone, is not a conclusive way to confirm a true redline.

During the red line years, the cars were sold worldwide but were only manufactured in two places, the US or Hong Kong.
If the chassis of the car identifies the "country of origin" as anything other than US or Hong Kong, then it is NOT a true redline.
Therefore, if the car HAS red striped wheels AND was made in the US or Hong Kong, then it is a true Redline!

Once you know that you have a redline, use this guide to learn more about it.




Below are photos which summarize the production from each of the ten years of the Red Line Era.
Click on the photo or the year to get details on each casting.

Or use one of these quick links!

Alphabetical
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
All
CIPSA
Accessories




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1970





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1975





1976





1977



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