Redline Wheels

Hot Wheels used redline wheels on their mainline cars from 1968 to 1977. A redline wheel has a red line on the sidewall. The wheel could be small, medium, or large. The front wheels may be smaller or the same size as the back depending on the vehicle.

Over the years there were three different types of redline wheels.

Bearing Wheels
From 1968 to 1970, Hot Wheels had bearing wheels. Bearing wheels have a wire axle with a white or pink bushing on each end. The redline wheels slip onto the bushings.

There are two different styles of bearing wheels. They can be deep dish or standard. Both have chrome rims, but deep dish wheels have a recessed appearance.

Missing or damaged bearing wheels can be replaced with wheels from another vehicle or with reproduction wheels.

Capped Wheels
In 1969, redline wheels began to transition from bearing to capped. Capped wheels have a wire axle with a plastic hub on each end. The redline wheels snap onto the hubs.

Missing or damaged capped wheels can be replaced with wheels from another vehicle or with reproduction wheels.

Through-Hole Wheels
The final change began in 1973. Capped wheels were replaced by through-hole wheels. Through-hole wheels are permanently attached to the wire axle. In the center of a wheel is a hole where the axle can be seen.

Due to the transition, many of the cars from 1973 can be found with through-hole wheels in the front and capped wheels in the back.

Since they are permanent, through-hole wheels cannot be replaced.

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