Tag: Phil Riehlman Designs

As Hot Wheels designer, Phil Riehlman broke onto the scene in 1993 when he re-designed the Twin Mill and the Silhouette (along with Bruce Baur). His “big break” came in 1996 when his VW Bus casting became an instant hit with collectors and as a promotional piece. Phil continues to design Hot Wheels to this day.

Color Shifters Glow: FANDANGO

A lot of Hot Wheels unlicensed cars are based off of real cars. To this collector, its always fun to discover which ones are based off of which ones. The Hot Wheels Fandango was designed by Hot Wheels designer, Phil Riehlman, and is based off of the 2000 […]

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Ultra Hots: VOLKSWAGEN KARMANN GHIA

The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia was a very affordable European-style sports car that sold from 1955 to 1974. It featured the chassis and modified-engine from the Volkswagen Beetle along with the Euro-styling of Italian car designer, Luigi Segre. When Hot Wheels designer, Phil Riehlman did his take on the classic […]

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Hot Wheels Classics Series 5: 8 CRATE

Yesterday we looked at the Vairy 8, a casting whose rear 8-cylinder crate engine plays a huge role in the casting’s overall character. Today we look at another rear 8-cylinder crate engine casting that was originally introduced in the 2003 First Editions, the 8 Crate. While this version […]

Faster Than Ever Series: ’09 Corvette ZR1

While shooting the Gulf Racing ’09 Corvette ZR1 from yesterday’s article, I remembered this version of the Corvette I had stashed away in one of my many “Jammers” cases. Its satin paint and detailed motor gave it a nice clean, sophisticated, high-end look. That coupled with the fact […]

HW Performance: ’09 Corvette ZR1

Gulf Racing is represented once again in the Hot Wheels line as this ’09 Corvette ZR1 from the HW Performance Series wears the color scheme perfectly. This version of the ’09 Corvette ZR1 has just hit stores and collectors have already begun snatching these up. Can we blame […]

Military Rods: ’69 PONTIAC GTO

In 1969, Pontiac released its GTO with a new trim level called, “The Judge” which was oddly enough derived from a comedy routine. Make no mistake as the ’69 Pontiac GTO or “The Judge” was no laughing matter. This beast of raw power and pure muscle car strength […]