The 1998 piece is quite interesting. It shows Elliot Handler telling me he that wants the line of new die cast cars to all look like my customized 1964 El Camino: mag wheels, red stripe tires, a bold “power” statement on the hood, very bright candy colors… A real California custom car look. This is, of course, how it all came about: my El Camino and Elliot’s fabulous insight!

However, the interesting part of this rendering is that I failed to show all sixteen cars! There were sixteen in the group that I designed and I left out the Firebird, the T-Bird, the Hot Heap and the VW Beetle! I was rushed and thinking about the composition of the layout and just overlooked four cars!

– Harry Bentley Bradley