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LIRA OVAL VW V1 & V2

This Oval Window Volkswagen Sedan was produced by LIRA in Ibi Alicante, Spain. LIRA produced plastic toys, but only one toy car is known by them with 100% certainty, the Oval Volkswagen Beetle. There are some rumors about a Citroen DS19 model also. The oval beetle was produced in 2 sizes. Please also look at Lira V3.

This version V1 and V2 are larger than V3. One piece plastic body with cut out windows, metal axles and good details of front and rear hood, door seams and rear oval window. The tin chassis has two seam lines running the length of the chassis for strength. There are no markings. 

This size LIRA Oval VW was produced in 2 versions. These versions were most probably a copy of the Märklin Oval.

Version V1:  shiny plastic body with cut out windows, metal axles, with rubber tires, painted bumpers, headlights, and a flywheel motor inside. Version V1 exist in 2 variations. 

V1 Variation 1 is where the tinplate chassis is held in place with small chassis tabs bent up and over the bumpers.

V1 Variation 2 is where the tinplate chassis is held in place with 2 small screws.

Version V2:  Dull plastic body with cut out windows, metal axles, plastic wheels.

Additional Info

  • Manufacturer: LIRA
  • Scale: 1/45
  • Length: 90mm
  • Production Era: Early 1960's
  • Country: Spain
  • Materials: Plastic
  • Color: Red, Green, Yellow, Ivory, Pink, Orange, Light Blue, Dark Blue

1 comment

  • Comment Link Jose Andrade Saturday, 08 February 2014 14:54 posted by Jose Andrade

    Hi, this is a Lira model from Spain (Ibi). Best regards, jose

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