Another of the original 16 Hot Wheels was the Python. Based on the styling of the Bill Cushenberry built “Dream Rod”.

The Dream Rod was later rebuilt and renamed the “Tiger Shark” which actully closer resembles the Hot Wheels version.

The Python was available in all the Hot Wheels colors and was produced in both the US and Hong Kong. A few early Hong Kong cars say “Cheetah” on the base.


There are a few differences between the HK and US made castings. The most notable difference being the blue glass on HK cars and clear glass on US cars. The HK cars also featured a blower equipped engine while the US versions used dual carburetors.