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In the 1970s Howard Rees was tired of designing cars. He wanted to work on the Major Matt Mason action figure toy line-up. Rees had a good friend by the name of Larry Wood. They had worked together at Ford designing cars. When Wood found out about Hot Wheels at a party Rees was holding, Rees offered Wood the job of designing Hot Wheels. Wood agreed, and by the end of the week, Larry Wood was working at Mattel. His first design would be the Tri-Baby (1970). After 40 years, Larry retired to his garage but still consults for the brand today. He was inducted in the Diecast Hall of Fame's inaugural class of 2009 and is widely known as Mr. Hot Wheels.

Some Trivia

Larry's truck

Larry Wood has created some of the most well-known and unique Hot Wheels cars, including the '49 Merc, the Boyd Coddington collector set and the Ramblin' Wrecker (which originally featured Wood's phone number on its sides). He has been with Mattel/Hot Wheels team since 1969. He's originally from General Motors. His initials have been featured on some 2009 cars, such as the '41 Pickup and Hiway Hauler. Each one bears the name "Elwood". Elwood is identical to L.Wood in pronunciation. Larry Wood has made a new car series, Larry's Garage. This series features many of his popular designs, such as Dairy Delivery, Metrorail Nash Metropolitan and the infamous Bone Shaker. The car, Cabbin' Fever, bears a close resemblance to Larry Wood's truck.

1970-1979 1/64 Scale

Year Casting Name Debut Series Collector # Toy Number Photo
1970 Tri Baby 1970 Hot Wheels 6424 Tribaby.jpg
1970 Mongoose Funny Car 1970 Hot Wheels 6410 Mongoosefunnycar.jpg
1971 Bye Focal 1971 Hot Wheels 6187 Byefocal.jpg
1971 Bugeye 1971 Hot Wheels 5178 Bugeye.jpg
1971 Classic Cord 1971 Hot Wheels 6472 Classiccord.jpg
1971 Grass Hopper 1971 Hot Wheels 6461 Grasshopper.jpg
1971 Ice 'T' 1971 Hot Wheels 6184 Icet.jpg
1971 Jet Threat 1971 Hot Wheels 6179 Jetthreat.jpg
1971 Mongoose II 1971 Hot Wheels 5954 Mongoose2.jpg
1971 Mongoose Rail Dragster 1971 Hot Wheels 5952 Mongooseraildragster.jpg
1971 Mutt Mobile 1971 Hot Wheels 6185 Muttmobile.jpg
1971 The Hood 1971 Hot Wheels 6175 Thehood.jpg
1972 Funny Money 1972 Hot Wheels 6005 Funnymoney.jpg
1972 Mercedes-Benz C-111 1972 Hot Wheels 6169 Mercedes-BenzC-111.jpg
1973 Buzz Off 1973 Hot Wheels 6976 Buzzoff.jpg
1973 Double Header 1973 Hot Wheels 5880 Doubleheader.jpg
1973 Hiway Robber 1973 Hot Wheels 6979 Hiwayrobber.jpg
1973 Mongoose 1973 Hot Wheels 6970 Mongoose.jpg
1974 Baja Bruiser 1974 Hot Wheels 8258 Bajabruiser.jpg
1974 Breakaway Bucket 1974 Hot Wheels 8263 Breakawaybucket.jpg
1975 Aeroflash Flying Colors 8272 LargeCharge 1979.jpg
1975 American Victory 1975 Hot Wheels 7662 Americanvictory.jpg
1975 Backwoods Bomb 1975 Hot Wheels 7670 Backwoodsbomb.jpg
1975 Chevy Monza 2+2 1975 Hot Wheels 7671 Chevymonza22.jpg
1975 Chief's Special 1975 Hot Wheels 7665 Chiefsspecial.jpg
1975 Emergency Squad 1975 Hot Wheels 7650 Emergencysquad.jpg
1975 Gremlin Grinder 1975 Hot Wheels 7652 Gremlingrinder.jpg
1975 Gun Slinger 1975 Hot Wheels 7664 Gunslinger.jpg
1975 Monte Carlo Stocker 1975 Hot Wheels 7660 Montecarlostocker.jpg
1975 Mustang Stocker 1975 Hot Wheels 7644 Mustangstocker.jpg
1976 American Hauler 1976 Hot Wheels 9118 Americanhauler.jpg
1976 American Tipper 1976 Hot Wheels 9089 Americantipper.jpg
1976 Aw Shoot 1976 Hot Wheels 9243 Awshoot.jpg
1976 Cool One 1976 Hot Wheels 9120 Coolone1976.jpg
1976 Formula 5000 1976 Hot Wheels 9119 Formula5000.jpg
1976 Gun Bucket 1976 Hot Wheels 9090 Gunbucket.jpg
1976 Inferno 1976 Hot Wheels 9186 Inferno.jpg
1976 Jet Threat II 1976 Hot Wheels 8235 Jetthreat2.jpg
1976 Lowdown 1976 Hot Wheels 9185 Lowdown.jpg
1976 Maxi Taxi 1976 Hot Wheels 9184 Maxitaxi.jpg
1977 GMC Motorhome Truckin' Machines 6-pack 9645 Captainamericavan.jpg
1978 '57 T-Bird Flying Colors 2013 57 T-Bird YelNoHole.JPG
1978 A-OK Flying Colors 2016 A-OK 3090ef.jpg
1978 Baja Breaker Flying Colors 2022 Baja Breaker Gry.JPG
1978 Highway Patrol Flying Colors 2019 Sheriff Patrol - 5403cf.jpg
1978 Hot Bird Flying Colors 2014 Hot bird 01.JPG
1978 Jaguar XJS Flying Colors 2012 Jag gray.JPG
1978 Lickety Six Flying Colors 2017 Lickety six thumb.JPG
1978 Packin' Pacer Flying Colors 2015 Packin pacer yellow.JPG
1978 Race Bait 308 Flying Colors 2021 308 red.JPG
1978 Science Friction Flying Colors 2018 Science friction bw.JPG
1979 Auburn 852 Oldies But Goodies 2505 White Auburn 852 - 5376df.jpg
1979 Bywayman Speedway Specials 2509 Bywayman Geofry.JPG
1979 Flat Out 442 Speedway Specials 2506 Flat Out OrgR.JPG
1979 Vetty Funny Drag Strippers 2508 Funny 1983.jpg

1980-1989 1/64 Scale

Year Casting Name Debut Series Collector # Toy Number Photo
1980 3-Window '34 3-Window '34 - 5359e.jpg
1980 '63 Split Window Corvette Hi-Rakers Th 63corvette001.jpg
1981 Turismo 1981 Hot Wheels 1694 Turismo Blk.JPG
1981 '37 Bugatti 1981 Hot Wheels 1696 37bugatti.jpg
1981 Airport Rescue Workhorses 1699 Airportrescue.jpg
1983 Long Shot 1983 Hot Wheels 3768 Longshot.jpg
1983 Fiat Ritmo 1983 Hot Wheels 3287 FiatRitmo.JPG
1983 Ford Escort 1983 Hot Wheels 3288 Fordescortblack.JPG
1984 '65 Mustang Convertible 1984 Hot Wheels 2007-Classics4Bluebutton.jpg
1988 Alien Speed Fleet 5026 Alien Blue.JPG
1988 Rocketank 1988 Hot Wheels Action Command 9380 Rocketank purple.JPG
1989 '32 Ford Delivery 1989 Hot Wheels 7672 32forddelivery.jpg

1990-1999 1/64 Scale

Year Casting Name Debut Series First Edition # Toy Number Photo
1990 Purple Passion 1990 Hot Wheels Passion AGENTAIR 1.jpg
1991 '59 Caddy 1991 Hot Wheels 59 Caddy PnkRR.JPG
1991 Buick Stocker 1991 Hot Wheels Buick Stocker RosesSymb.JPG
1991 Ferrari 250 1991 Hot Wheels Ferrari 250 YelBWcrm.JPG
1991 Ferrari 348 1991 Hot Wheels Ferrari 348 Yel.JPG
1991 Ford Aerostar 1991 Hot Wheels Ford Aerostar Purple.jpg
1992 '56 Flashsider 1992 Hot Wheels '56 Flashsider - 6407df.jpg
1992 Aeroflash 1992 Hot Wheels Aeroflash PnkUH.JPG
1992 Blimp 1992 Hot Wheels Blimp GY.JPG
1992 Bulldozer 1992 Hot Wheels CAT Bulldozer - 3188ef.jpg
1992 Chevy Lumina 1992 Hot Wheels Chevy Lumina Red.JPG
1992 Flashfire 1992 Hot Wheels Flashfire BlkSho.JPG
1993 '63 Split Window Corvette 1993 Hot Wheels Th 63corvette015.jpg
1993 '93 Camaro 1993 Hot Wheels '93 Camaro Prp.JPG
1993 Ammo 1993 Hot Wheels Ammo.JPG
1993 Dodge Viper RT/10 1993 Hot Wheels Dodge Viper RedUHG.JPG
1993 Jaguar XJ220 1993 Hot Wheels Jaguar XJ220 - 96 TH.JPG
1993 Road Pirate 1993 Hot Wheels Road Pirate.JPG
1993 Swingfire 1993 Hot Wheels Street Beast MtBluWW.JPG
1993 Treadator 1993 Hot Wheels Treadator Red.JPG
1993 Vector "Avtech" WX-3 1993 Hot Wheels Vector Avtech PrpUH.JPG
1994 Dragster 1994 Hot Wheels Dragster Org.JPG
1995 '58 Corvette 1995 Model Series aka First Editions 58 Vette AGENTAIR 3.jpg
1995 Dodge Ram 1500 1995 Model Series aka First Editions Hot Wheels City 5 - Dodge Ram 1500.jpg
1995 Mercedes-Benz SL 1995 Model Series aka First Editions Mercedes Benz SL RedDk5sp.JPG
1995 Power Rocket 1995 Model Series aka First Editions Powerrocket.jpg
1995 Side-Splitter 1995 Hot Wheels Side-Splitter - 95 Race Team.JPG
1995 Speed Blaster 1995 Model Series aka First Editions Speed Blaster blu5sp.JPG
1995 Speed Shark 1995 Hot Wheels Speed Shark BlkBW.JPG
1995 Speed-A-Saurus 1995 Model Series aka First Editions Speed A-Saurus GrnBW.JPG
1995 Spiderider 1995 Hot Wheels Talbot Lago BlkWW.JPG
1995 T-Bird Stocker 1995 Hot Wheels T-Brd Stocker DkRdUH2.JPG
1996 Corvette Stingray 1996 Hot Wheels 82 Corvette Stingray Grn7sp.JPG
1996 Chevy 1500 1996 First Editions Chevy 1500 GrySm5spBlk.JPG
1996 Rail Rodder 1996 First Editions FE Rail Rodder.jpg
1996 Street Cleaver 1996 First Editions Cleaver 5sp.JPG
1997 '59 Chevy Impala 1997 First Editions '59 Chevy Impala Pink.JPG
1997 Skullrider 1997 Hot Wheels Skullrider CC.JPG
1998 '50's Buick Woody Elwoody Custom Cars 2-Car Set '50's Buick Woody - 5566ef.jpg

2000-2009 1/64 Scale

Year Casting Name Debut Series First Edition # Toy Number Photo
2000 Metrorail Nash Metropolitan 2000 First editions 23 Metrorail Mike Nuttall.jpg
2004 Crooze Ozznberg 2004 first editions 75 Ozzenberg (Crooze) 2004 First Editions -75 .JPG
2003

GT-03

2003 first editions 21 ???? GT-03.2012 3-Pack.jpg
2004 '34 Ford Delivery Auto Affinity special delivery #4 34FordDelivery 09TH Reg.JPG
2004 2 Cool 2004 First editions #16 23-11-10 003.jpg
2004 C6 Corvette 2004 First Editions 58/101 C6 Corvette AGENTAIR 6.jpg
2005 Jack Hammer AcceleRacers Jack Hammer GldR.JPG
2006 Bone Shaker 2006 First Editions Boneshaker-BBB01.jpg
2006 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Hot Wheels Classics Series 2 21/30 Vwbugconvertible.jpg
2007 '66 Batmobile 2007 New Models 15/36 FE 66 Batmobile.jpg
2007 '69 Ford Mustang 2007 New Models 4/36 69 mustang AGENTAIR 3.jpg
2007 Straight Pipes 2007 New Models 12/36 Hw straightpipes 2007a.jpg
2008 Corvette Grand Sport 2008 New Models 8/40 CorvetteGrandSportBlue.JPG
2008 H2Go 2008 New Models 35/40 H2Go-1.JPG
2008 Pass'n Gasser 2008 New Models Pass'n gasser purple.jpg
2008 Semi Fast II (W/ Phil Riehlman) All stars #5/36 5/36 Semi.fast.ii.m6921.a.jpg
2009 Custom '66 GTO Wagon Hot Wheels Classics Series 5 66 GTO Wagon - CS5 Set.jpg
2009 Tri-Baby Too HotWheelsCollectors.com Series 8 Tri Baby Too - HWC LW.jpg
2009 Convoy Custom Hot Wheels Classics Series 5 Convoy classic blue.jpg

2010-Present 1/64 Scale

Year Casting Name Debut Series First Edition # Toy Number Photo
2015 Turbine Time HW City: HW City Works 2/10 CFH21 Turbine Time-2015 002.jpg
2016 Shark Bite Street Beasts 8/10 DHP30 Shark Bite 2016 1.png
2019 Tur-Bone Charged Rod Squad 1/10 FYB42 NM34Reece.JPG

Other Designs

Year Casting Name Debut Series First Edition # Toy Number Photo
1975 Motocross 1 1975 Hot Wheels 7668 Motocross1.jpg

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