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The manufacturer of this Oval Window VW was LAERUMS METALL A/S (Laerum Metall Aktiengesellschaft) and was founded in 1946 in Sande, Norway. The first 7 years the factory produced electric articles and small toys. In 1953 they started producing small diecast toys. All the cars were marked underneath LM Minicar (Laerum Metall Minicar) Norway. The scale is 1:43. The production line consisted of an Opel Caravan, VW 1200, Saab 93B, Volvo 544, Mercedes 180, and a Chevrolet Ambulance. Furthermore, the company produced Dodge lorries under license from the Danish company VILMER.

The VW 1200 was produced in a small quantity from 1953 until 1955. LAERUMS METALL ended the production of toy cars in 1958. All the Minicars are very hard to find even in Norway and are highly demanded by collectors. There are only known 6 examples of this VW1200 car in Norwegian collections.

A diecast metal body with cutout windows and details of the front hood with VW emblem, trim, headlights and hood Handle. Rear deck lid with license plate, light and taillights, air louvers and a large oval rear window. Door seams, handle and side molding.

The chassis was also diecast metal with rubber tires mounted on diecast rims with metal axles. Chassis is marked LM - MINICAR - NORWAY - VOLKSWAGEN – De Luxe. The front and rear bumpers are held in place by the two rivets attaching the chassis to the body.

Additional Info

  • Manufacturer: LAERUMS METALL A/S
  • Scale: 1/48
  • Length: 85mm
  • Production Era: 1953-55
  • Country: Norway
  • Materials: Diecast Metal
  • Color: Blue
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