February 22, 2013
ELIDA — It’s child’s play, literally. The popular children’s toy, Hot Wheels, opened it’s doors in 1968. The 1968 Chevy Camaro was reported to be the first Hot Wheels car produced. Although originally marketed to be toys for children, there are now adults who collect these tiny cars; as well as these big cars. The Chevy Camaro debuted in 1967 to great success. The 1968 model did not differ much from the 1967 model, side vent windows were deleted and the introduction of Astro Ventilation was added, along with side marker lights, a more pointed front grill and divided rear taillights. The SS models received optional chrome hood inserts. The 1968 Camaro SS was dedicated to the “fun crowd.” The sales catalog said it was “a husky performer and looks it.”
Dave Douglas, of Elida, brought his 1968 Chevy Camaro SS to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. He has owned it for 25 years. He purchased it in Lima in 1988. It was originally a red car with a black vinyl top. It took him 14 months to rebuild with original shock mounts, trunk and floor pans. Douglas says this car is a replica of a new one he had originally purchased in 1968.