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Hot Wheels Computer

Hot Wheels Computer
Hot Wheels Computer

Speed333 MHz
Memory64 MB
Hard Drive10  GB

What's this?

Patriot Computers

Release Date: 1/1/1999
Manufacturer: Patriot Computers
Original Retail Price:
Adjusted Inflation Price:
Donated By: Susan McGuigan
The Hot Wheels (and Barbie) computers have been steeped in controversy for years. Always a popular hit with kids when they come to the museum, the flame adorned PC and accompanying 15" monitor, mouse, mousepad, and speakers (and even steering wheel) really seem to be something the kids want to play.

The sad part is that due to some manufacturing flaws, most of these machines die and Patriot got stuck repairing and replacing so many of them that it drove them out of business. Worse, they took money and orders right up to the end and ended up not shipping thousands of units and failing to pay Mattel royalties.

Mattel, who didn't directly have anything to do with all this, offered customers that were burned a $100 voucher for their store.

The package came with Windows 98 and a great selection of software.

Check out the sales brochure that shows everything that was included with both the Hot Wheels Computer and the Barbie Computer!


This computer is currently interactive in the Museum.

User Comments
Anonymous on Wednesday, March 02, 2016
That's cool!!!
C. on Monday, April 27, 2015
I got one of these for Christmas 1999 from my parents. I remember it came about 1-2 weeks early and my parents "hid" the 2 boxes (computer + monitor box). It has been an incredibly reliable machine for us. to this day, we still use it for gaming as i have many old games that wont play on anything but windows 1998. Every year I bring it in to a shop and get it cleaned out to get rid of dust, etc. The only part I currently use is the CPU, I don't want to wear out the other pieces such as mouse, keyboard, speakers, monitor, steering-wheel, pedals. We have had other computers from the 1990's but this Hotwheels computer is the only one still working out of many that we have had since 1999. It has been very reliable, but never hooked up to the internet as it only has a phone jack, no Ethernet plug. The original hardware specs are; - 500MHZ - 64MB RAM - 10GB HDD - 4 USB Ports; instead of serial ports as shown in the setup diagram
a guy on Saturday, February 14, 2015
it looks like a hot-wired (ha! hotwheels, hot-wired! i've solved it) mac or another desktop p.c., to play hotwheels games. probably the same with the barbie computer. the game it's playing looks cool, though. is there an online version that i can play on my macbook?
looking for parts on Tuesday, November 11, 2014
I guess I should have let email address.
looking for parts on Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Just got old Hot Wheels PC out of storage and realized a few parts missing - figure one box of parts is missing. Not sure how that would happen - missing keyboard, one speaker, power cords. And the mouse is not useable - have just mouse, no cord attached to it. Anyone have parts for sale? Bought for my son way back when they were out, for nostalgia sake would like to get it up and going again. See what is on it, etc.
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