Combining candy-colored paint jobs with muscle car attitude and Southern California cool, Hot Wheels cars changed the toy world forever when they were introduced in 1968. The newest edition of Warman's Hot Wheels Field Guide - the hobby's favorite portable guide to these miniature marvels - features 800 color images, completely vetted pricing and listings of four decades of cars, hot new collecting tips and an overview of the market for a dynamic little package befitting one of the greatest toys ever created. * Since 1968, more than 4 billion Hot Wheels cars have been produced by Mattel, and more than 800 models and 11,000 variations have been created. * Collectors dig Hot Wheels cars. Hotwheelscollector.com is the largest die-cast collector community on the Internet with more than 275,000 users. The highest price ever paid for a single Hot Wheels car was $72,000 for a pink 1969 Vokswagen Beach Bomb. * Author Michael Zarck is a two-time Guinness World Record holder for most different Hot Wheels cars and has been hored by Mattel with the creation of a Mike Zarck car casting based on the car he once raced.
Michael Zarnock has been collecting Hot Wheels cars since their inception in 1968. His private collection features more than 8,100 different Hot Wheels cars. He is a two-time Guinness World Record holder for the most different Hot Wheels cars and is considered one of the leading experts regarding Hot Wheels cars in the world. He has twice been featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not. Inducted in the Die-Cast Hall of Fame in 2009, Zarnock has written eight books on Hot Wheels cars. www.MikeZarnock.com