Vintage Hot Wheels Series – The Sweet Sixteen

Are you thinking of starting a vintage Hot Wheels collection? The bad news is that you will not find this as easy as collecting more recent models. As a matter of fact, if you’re looking to complete your own Sweet Sixteen collection, you should gear up for some work. Those models will not fall into your lap from sheer luck. Why not?

The Sweet Sixteen are the first 16 cars in the Hot Wheels series. They came in different makes and colors and had a very distinctive mark on them – a red line on each tire. The red line is also found in all Hot Wheels produced from 1968 to 1972. And, because of their red lines, these models were affectionately called Redlines. Thus was born the Redline era.

But think about this – if owning a Redline is difficult enough, imagine how much more difficult it is to get your hands on a Redline that is part of the Sweet Sixteen? Yes, the Redline is rare. Yes, a Sweet Sixteen Redline is even rarer. But take note, it’s only difficult – not impossible – to find. You can always try your luck on eBay, but be careful who you deal with. Scams concerning vintage hot wheels have been reported. Or, you can check out garage sales. Or, ask fellow diecast enthusiasts.

Of course, your best bet will always be checking out specialty shops that carry a huge like of collectible cars. Not only do these shops have access to the most recent units, they also have one of the most extensive horde of old school rides. This fact is important because if there’s any place you will have better hopes of finding a Sweet Sixteen in, that place is a specialty shop like IdCow and the others of its kind.

Good luck!