Twin Mill
Debut Series Mainline
Produced 1969 - 1971
1973
1976 - 1978
1993 - Present
Designer Ira Gilford
Number 6258
Twinmill.jpg



Description

The Twin Mill is arguably the most famous, memorable and popular Hot Wheels car of all time, so much so that Hot Wheels themselves made a real life, full scale fully functioning replica which frequently appears at car shows.

Debuting in 1969, it was designed from the ground up in house at Mattel by Ira Gilford. Its first release was painted in several 'Spectraflame' colors and came with Redline wheels. It was manufactured in the USA and could be found with either a white or dark brown interior. The twin motors have a gold tint. The base can be seen from the top of the car and was painted in body color. It was packaged with a metal "collectors button".

Some early pre-production prototypes have what is known as a 'Cut Fender' where the rear fenders are much smaller and do not cover the rear wheels entirely. This adheres to the original design made by Ira. They are very hard to find and have been found in Antifreeze, Orange, Red, Light 'Apple' Green and Creamy Pink.

1973 saw the Twin Mill released as a Shell Promo, a giveaway promotional car handed out to customers at Shell service stations. As with other 1973 cars, it lost its Spectraflame paint which was replaced with enamel paint.

In 1976 the Twin Mill was renamed Twin Mill II, although having no changes to the casting itself. It was only used in 1976 and 1977. 

In 1993, the Twin Mill was revived and re-tooled for the 25th Anniversary series.

In 1998 the Twin Mill was released in the collector-aimed 100% Hot Wheels series and featured a unique and highly detailed casting which included an opening canopy. It was only used twice before being discontinued.

It has led to four other follow-up castings, the Twin Mill II (1993) and Twin Mill III, as well as a Toon Car Casting and Twin Mill Gen-E

In 2019, on the 50th birthday of the casting, it got a retool. The base was changed from metal to plastic.

Video Game Appearances

1969 Original Versions

The Twin Mill has been released in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Year Series Color Sticker Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type cast # Country Notes Photo
1969 Mainline Spectraflame Green None Spectraflame Green Clear White or Dark Brown RL 6258 USA GreenTwinMill.png
1969 Mainline Spectraflame Blue None Spectraflame Blue Clear White or Dark Brown RL 6258 USA Image Not Available.jpg
1969 Mainline Spectraflame Aqua None Spectraflame Aqua Clear White or Dark Brown RL 6258 USA Twinmill.jpg
1969 Mainline Spectraflame Red None Spectraflame Red Clear White or Dark Brown RL 6258 USA Twinmillred.png
1969 Mainline Spectraflame Lime Green None Spectraflame Lime Green Clear White or Dark Brown RL 6258 USA Image Not Available.jpg
1969 Mainline Spectraflame Gold None Spectraflame Gold Clear White or Dark Brown RL 6258 USA Twin Mill.jpg
1969 Mainline Spectraflame Orange None Spectraflame Orange Clear White or Dark Brown RL 6258 USA Image Not Available.jpg
1969 Mainline Spectraflame Rose None Spectraflame Rose Clear White or Dark Brown RL 6258 USA Image Not Available.jpg
1969 Mainline Spectraflame Olive None Spectraflame Olive Clear White or Dark Brown RL 6258 USA Image Not Available.jpg
1969 Mainline Spectraflame Purple None Spectraflame Purple Clear White or Dark Brown RL 6258 USA Purple Twin Mill.jpg
1969 Mainline Spectraflame Antifreeze None Spectraflame Antifreeze Clear White or Dark Brown RL 6258 USA Twin Mill Anti.JPG
1969 Mainline Spectraflame Magenta None Spectraflame Magenta Clear White or Dark Brown RL 6258 USA Image Not Available.jpg
1969 Mainline Spectraflame Light Blue None Spectraflame Light Blue Clear White or Dark Brown RL 6258 USA Image Not Available.jpg
1969 Mainline Spectraflame Apple Green None Spectraflame Apple Green Clear White or Dark Brown RL 6258 USA Image Not Available.jpg
1969 Mainline Spectraflame Yellow None Spectraflame Yellow Clear White or Dark Brown RL 6258 USA Image Not Available.jpg
1969 Mainline Spectraflame Creamy Pink None Spectraflame Creamy Pink Clear White or Dark Brown RL 6258 USA Image Not Available.jpg
1969 Mainline Spectraflame Brown None Spectraflame Brown Clear White or Dark Brown RL 6258 USA Image Not Available.jpg

1973 Shell Promo Versions

The Twin Mill (Shell Promo) has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Year Series Color Sticker Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type cast # Country Notes / Variations Photo
1973 Shell Promo Enamel Light Blue None Unpainted Metal Tinted (Blue) Black RL Shell02 Hong Kong Twin Mill Ltblu73.JPG
1973 Shell Promo Enamel Dark Blue None Unpainted Metal Tinted (Blue) Black RL Shell02 Hong Kong Image Not Available.jpg
1973 Shell Promo Enamel Red None Unpainted Metal Tinted (Blue) Black RL Shell02 Hong Kong Image Not Available.jpg
1973 Shell Promo Enamel Pink None Unpainted Metal Tinted (Blue) Black RL Shell02 Hong Kong Image Not Available.jpg
1973 Shell Promo Enamel Yellow None Unpainted Metal Tinted (Blue) Black RL Shell02 Hong Kong Image Not Available.jpg
1973 Shell Promo Enamel Flourescent Green None Unpainted Metal Tinted (Blue) Black RL Shell02 Hong Kong Image Not Available.jpg

1976-1977 'Twin Mill II' Versions

This Hot Wheels vehicle has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type cast # Country Notes / Variations Photo
1976 Flying Colors Orange Red, White, Blue graphics Unpainted Metal Blue tint Black RL 8240 Hong Kong Twin Mill OrgRl.JPG
1976 Super Chromes Chrome Red, White, Blue graphics Unpainted Metal Blue tint Black RL 8240 Hong Kong Twin Mill CrmRl.JPG
1977 Flying Colors Orange Red, White, Blue graphics Unpainted Metal Blue tint Black BW 8240 Hong Kong Twin Mill Orgbw.JPG
1977 Super Chromes Chrome Red, White, Blue graphics Unpainted Metal Blue tint Black BW 8240 Hong Kong Twin Mill Crmbw.JPG

Re-Cast Versions

Twin Mill has been released in the following versions:

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Car # Country Notes Photo
1993 25th Anniv Brownish Olive no tampo Brownish Olive Clear White RL 5709 China Twin Mill BrnVint.JPG
1993 25th Anniv Red no tampo Red Clear White RL 5709 China Twin Mill RedVint.JPG
1993 25th Anniv Light Green no tampo Red Clear White RL 5709 China TwinMilLitGrn25.JPG
1993 25th Anniv Lime no tampo Red Clear White RL 5709 China TwinMilLime25.JPG
1993 25th Anniv Light Blue no tampo Light Blue Clear White RL 5709 China Available in Toys R Us 10 Pack Twin Mill ltbluVint.JPG
1994 FAO Schwarz Gold Collection Metalflake Greyish Blue tiny White Hot Wheels Logo Greyish Blue Clear White RL Gold 5709 China Limited to 3000 Twin Mill FAO.JPG
1995 FAO Schwarz Gold Collection II Gold Chrome tiny Red Hot Wheels Logo Gold Chrome Clear Black RL Gold China Limited to 4000
1994 Vintage Blue tiny White Hot Wheels Logo Blue Clear White RL 5709 China Twin Mill ltblutLogo.JPG
1996 Vintage Race Team 4-Car Set White & Metalflake Blue Hot Wheels Race Team deco. Red "1" Metalflake Blue Clear White BW with Goodyear Tampo 16139 China Twin Mill - Vintage Race Team.jpg
1996 Bonus Car Metalflake Yellow Tiny Red Hot Wheels Logo on top Yellow Clear Black BW China Came in Baggie Twin Mill YelBons L.JPG
1998 30th Anniv Spectraflame Lime Gold Spectraflame Lime Gold Clear Black RL China Came in Special Retro Packaging TwinMilLime30.JPG
2001 Pro Racing Blue, Red & White 99 Team CITGO White
/
Metal
Clear White RR Thailand Twillmilcitgo.jpg
2001 Pro Racing Orange 32 Team TIDE [[ZAMAC]] TInted (Blue) White RR Thailand Twillmiltide.jpg
2001 Pro Racing White, Red & Blue 10 Team Valvoline Blue
/
Metal
TInted (Blue) White RR Thailand Twillmilvalvoline.jpg
2001 Pro Racing Black & Yellow 22 Team Caterpillar Yellow
/
Metal
Clear Black RR Thailand Twillmilcat.jpg
2002 HWC.com 1 Spectraflame Red RL 2002hwctwinmill.jpg
2003 Highway 35 World Race: Roadbeasts
17/35
Red Roadbeasts Graphics, #17 Black Tinted (Yellow) Chrome Rim, Gray CM5 Twin Mill - Hwy35.jpg
2003 Hall of Fame: Legends Spectraflame Magenta White "Twin Mill" on sides Spectraflame Magenta Clear White RR5SP B0931 China Twin Mill-2003 Legends.jpg
2007 40 Years of Hot Wheels Set Chrome N/A ZAMAC Gray RL Thailand 200740annchrometwinmill.jpg
2008 Valentine's Day Cars
4/6
Metalflake Black Gold, Red, & Magenta flames on hood Red TInted (Red) Red Gold 5SP N1273 Thailand Target Exclusive Val 08 Twinmill.jpg
2008 Since '68: Originals 4-Car Tin Set White Gold & Brown pinstripes on sides & across top Metallic Gold
/
Metal
TInted (Yellow) White RL L8370 Thailand 97342255 3032890250067448 6278424545237925888 n.jpg
2008 Since '68: Collector Top 40 Set Red Flames on the hood Metallic Red
/
Metal
Clear Beige RL N4608 Thailand Base code(s): TRTwinMill.jpg
2008 Tornado Twister Track Set Blue Yellow, Silver Tribal on roof and hood ZAMAC Clear Black Chrome 3SP Thailand Base code(s): Twillmill.jpg
2009 Connect Cars
32/50
Red White Stripe down middle, Silver fish hook, "MINNESOTA", "32", "TWIN CITIES", "Land of 10,000 Lakes", "L'Etoile du Nord" ZAMAC TInted (Red) White Chrome 5SP N4163 Malaysia Base code(s): Twin Mill - Connect Cars.JPG
212/240 2010 Race World Volcano
4/4
Metalflake Black Red and Black flames on sides and front [[ZAMAC]] TInted (Red) Gray Red rim, Black PR5 R7641 Malaysia Base Code(s): B28, B29, B31 Twinmill volcanoblack.JPG
2011 The Hot Ones Metalflake Copper Beige, Red and Silver tampos [[ZAMAC]] TInted (Red) Black BW W1559 Thailand Base code(s): 2011 Hot Ones - Twin Mill.jpg
2012 Hot Wheels Boulevard: Show Rods Metalflake Pearl Green Detailed headlights, Silver Twinmill, Hot Wheels logo Metalflake Pearl Green
/
Metal
Tinted (Dark Gold) Black Red Line RR5SP W4650 Malaysia Base code(s): IMG 3196c1000.jpg
2013 Mystery Models Blue Orange stripes and stars ZAMAC Tinted (Yellow) Chrome 5SP Malaysia Base Code(s): F44 HW Twin Mill.jpg
221/250 2014 HW Workshop Then and Now
1/10
Metalflake Pearl Green Black Stripes Pearl Metalflake Green
/
Metal
Clear Grey Chrome rim, Black MC5 BFF00 Malaysia Base Code(s): G04 Twin Mill-2014 221.jpg
221/250 2014 HW Workshop: Then and Now
1/10
Spectraflame Dark Green Black Stripes Spectraflame Green
/
Metal
Clear Grey RR BFF35 Malaysia Super Treasure Hunt
Base Code(s): G03
Twin Mill-2014 TH 221.jpg
221/250 2014 HW Workshop Then and Now
1/10
Metalflake Red Black stripe and Gold pin stripes on roof and hood. Metalflake Red
/
Metal
Clear Grey MC5 BFV54 Malaysia Exclusive color
Base Code: G15
HW-2014-221-Twin Mill-ThenAndNow.jpg
5pk 2015 Origin of Awesome Spectraflame Green White Team Hot Wheels Logo & lightning on sides. Spectraflame Green
/
Metal
TInted (Chrome) Tinted OH5 CDT29 Thailand Base Code(s): H04 TwinMillCDT29.jpg
2015 Origin of Awesome!
4/4
Spectraflame Green White Team Hot Wheels Logo and TH Flames Spectraflame Green
/
Metal
TInted (Chrome) Tinted Green Rims, White OH5 Thailand Indonesia (South East Asia Exclusive)
Base Code(s):
Twin mill domar.jpg
2016 Batman v Superman
1/7
Metalflake Dark Grey Blue & Black stripes on top, Superman logo on hood, Batman logo on roof, Batman v Superman logo on sides Metalflake Purple
/
Metal
Tinted (Blue) Chrome Black OH5SP DJL48 Malaysia Base code(s): H44 Twin Mill - 16 Batman v Superman 600pxOTD.jpg
74/365 2018 HW Exotics
3/10
Red White arrow stripe on hood and top Red
/
Metal
Clear Chrome Chrome 5SP FJX99 Malaysia Base code(s): K38, K41, K47 Twin-mill-2018-red.jpg
2018 50th Anniv Black & Gold
2/6
Matte Black Blue & Gold Stripes on top, 50th Anniversary Logo on front Matte Black
/
Metal
Tinted (Yellow) Gold Gold OH5 FRN35 Malaysia Base code(s): 2 50th Anniversary Black and Gold Series.jpg
194/365 2018 HW Exotics
3/10
Metalflake Blue White, blue stripes and silver pinstripes. "Hot Wheels" flame logo on rear roof Metalflake Blue
/
Metal
Tinted (Light Blue) Chrome Silver Chrome 5SP FJY51 Malaysia Base code(s): L04, L07 2018 HW-Exotics TwinMill (Blue).jpg
93/250 2019 HW Game Over
3/10
Satin gold Pinstriping, Treasure Hunt logo on roof Dark Gray
/
Plastic
Tinted (Purple) Chrome MC5 FYF95 Malaysia Treasure Hunt
Base code(s): L41
FYF95 Twin Mill-1.jpg
2019 Hot Wheels id Spectraflame Blue 290C Blue & white pinstripes, scallops on roof & sides Clear Dark Grey
/
Plastic
Tinted (Black) Black Clear Blue ID Race Portal exclusive
Base code(s):
65827718 2351137241820383 3943821713455710208 o.jpg
2019 Hot Wheels id Spectraflame Orange Black & orange pinstripes, scallops on roof and sides Clear Orange
/
Plastic
Tinted (Black) Black Clear Orange ID Base code(s): FXB52 Twin Mill.jpg
2020 Mystery Models
5/12
Light Blue Orange, Yellow & White stripes on roof, "5" on front body Orange
/
Plastic
Tinted (Black) Chrome Chrome rim, Black MC5 FXB52 Malaysia Base code(s): N01 Twin MIll. Mystery Car 2. 2020.jpg
2020 Hot Wheels Boulevard
#16
Metalflake Blue Detailed headlights, Silver Twin Mill on sides Redline RRLW5 GJT88 Base code(s): Hot Wheels Boulevard 2020 Twin Mill.jpg
2020 Hot Wheels Boulevard
#16
Metalflake Blue Detailed headlights, Silver Twin Mill on sides Redline RR5SP GJT88 Base code(s): Twinmillblvrd2.jpg

100% Hot Wheels Versions

The Twin Mill was released in the collector-aimed Legends (100% Hot Wheels) line. It was a unique casting with an opening canopy and detailed engines. It was used two times before being discontinued.

The Twin Mill has been released in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes Photo
1998 Legends: Twin Mill 1:24 & 1:64 Metalflake Lime Green Badges & Details Lime Green
/
Metal
Clear Black RL

RR

19305 China Twin Mill Legends Cool Collectibles .JPG
2002 Psychedelic Relics 2-Car Set Orange Badges & Details Orange
/
Metal
Clear Black RL

RR

53815 China 1a3.JPG

Trivia

Each of the real-life Twinmills engine are 8.2 L supercharged Chevrolet 502 big block V8s that produce a total of 1,401 hp (1,044 kW) and 1,401 ft·lb (1,900 N·m).

Similar Castings and Names

Twin Mill (1973)

Twin Mill II (1976)

Twin Mill II (1993)

Twin Mill III

Twin Mill (Hardnoze)

Twin Mill Gen-E

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