This was a proposal made to Mattel three years after I had left as the first
Hot Wheels designer by myself and Dave Puhl – a moderately well known customizer
at the time with a shop in Illinois. We thought Mattel should participate in
auto shows nationwide with a Hot Wheels display consisting of:
Three full size, custom built running cars
A large overhead Hot Wheels display with logo
Left and right pylons made of current Hot Wheels cars
Ramps representing Hot Wheels tracks
The three cars shown:
Top car is a sleek mid-engine GT-styled roadster pickup I had designed for
Puhl which he built a year or two before.
Left car: Puhl would build an exact copy of the Hot Wheels Fleetside
Pickup using a 1967 full-size Chevy/GMC pickup. This was never built.
Right car: a racy futuristic hot rod I had designed for Puhl with a copper
grille shell, copper headlight units, copper trimmed wheels and other copper
detailing… Also never built.
Mattel chose not to undertake this program – and, other than the Fleetside
Pickup, none of these cars ever became Hot Wheels models.
– Harry Bentley Bradley