Die-Cast Volkswagen Replicas
Volkswagen, the German car manufacturer based in Wolfsburg, Germany, has been building cars since the 1930s. Die Casting Factories While some of Volkswagen’s vehicle models have become cult classics, this devotion to the brand also extends to die-cast replicas. Die-cast replicas of the Volkswagen Beetle, Microbus, and other models have generated a dedicated following of collectors.
History of Volkswagen Replicas
Like many die-cast replica products, early Volkswagen replicas were produced primarily as children’s toys. Wiking marketed 1: 40 scale beetles, transporters and pickup truck replicas in the 1950s. Corgi followed in the 1960s with a wide range of Volkswagen vehicle replicas. Taiyo and the EF White Co. also produced Volkswagen model toys in the 1960’s. Not many of these older replicas and toys are still available on the market, and when they do appear, they can command a hefty price at auction. A Hot Wheels 1969 Volkswagen Beach Bomb replica, of which only 25 are known to exist, was sold for a record $72, 000 at auction in 2000.
Popular Volkswagen Replica Models
The Volkswagen Beetle, and the Microbus are by far the most prolific models in die-cast circles. For over 40 years, these two Volkswagen models have been replicated in die-cast form by many manufacturers in a huge range of standard and customized formats. While most of the other Volkswagen models are represented in die-cast replica manufacturers’ product lines, they do not match the scope of replicas available for these two models. This is not surprising, given the cult following of the Beetle and the Microbus in full-size form beginning in the 1960s and continuing to the present day.
Manufacturers of Volkswagen Replicas
Over the years, several manufacturers have produced replicas of Volkswagen vehicle models. Some of these manufacturers include:
Revel Germany – Revell Germany, most known for their plastic model kits, also currently has a popular line of ready-made 1/18 scale die-cast vehicles, including several Volkswagen models. In addition to the standard Beetle and Microbus models, Revell also manufactures some older Volkswagen models, such as the Karmann-Ghia.
Jada Toys – Jada produces standard replicas of a wide range of Volkswagen models, as well as customized models in both 1/24 and 1/64 scales.
Corgi Toys – Corgi Toys manufactured a few Volkswagen models in the late 1950s and through the 1960s.
Hot Wheels – A Volkswagen beetle model was one of the first Hot Wheels products in 1968. Hot Wheels continues to manufacture a variety of 1/64 scale Volkswagen replicas.