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MIGNON OVAL VW V2

This remote control Oval Window VW was produced by R. & W. Link from Schwenningen under the brand name MIGNON. LINK bought in 1951 the name and trademark “MIGNON” of the Staiger Company. LINK started producing the toys with cable steering. LINK was in principle a mechanical company, produced the tin parts themselves as well as the technical parts of a toy. The body was bought from other manufacturers: the Oval VW had an Arnold body. R&W LINK / MIGNON did not advertise anymore after 1957. It is unclear when the Company ceased to exists. Most probably that was around 1958/1959.

The MIGNON Oval VW V2, has a hard plastic Oval Window body with cut out windows and very good details of front and rear hood, door seams and rear oval window with air louvers. Early version with the hard plastic body had an unpainted formed tin interior with steering wheel. Later version had a formed tin interior with a colorful, non VW, lithographed interior and steering wheel.

The chassis was marked PATENT ANGEM. MIGNON or MIGNON SPIELWAREN, MADE IN WESTERN GERMANY.

This MIGNON Oval VW V2 was a manual remote control VW and was first introduced with two hand held thumb controls that were about 1 meter long and attached to the rear of the VW. Pushing/pulling one control steered the VW and pushing/pulling the other caused the VW to move forward. The thumb controls were either made of metal or plastic.

Just to note: it is common to find the MIGNON Oval VW V2 with the remote control cables missing or damaged as they were fragile and not attached to the chassis very well.

Additional Info

  • Manufacturer: MIGNON
  • Scale: 1/19
  • Length: 215mm
  • Production Era: 1953-58
  • Country: Germany
  • Materials: Hard Plastic
  • Color: Grey, Red, Blue, Yellow, Black, Light Green
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