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MÄRKLIN KdF WAGEN VW IIIA9

Gebr. Märklin & Cie. GmbH (MÄRKLIN) was founded in 1859 by Theodor Friedrich Wilhelm Märklin and is based in Göppingen in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. It originally specialized in doll house kitchen accessories, but after 1891 the sons of T.F.W. Märklin focused on tin toys and trains when they acquired the Firm of Ludwig Lutz. Although they were most famous for trains, they also produced some beautiful tinplate and diecast toys also. The VW toys were initially meant as accessory for the train sets.

Zinc diecast body with cut out windows and details of the front and rear hood, doors, headlights and taillights. Diecast base plate stamped “MÄRKLIN 9 Made in Germany” and metal rims with rubber tires clip onto the base plate. Registration number “IIIA 9” cast on rear license plate, on front bumper and “KdF” cast on rear bumper. There are 2 known bumper variations: one variation has the bumpers attached to the body with 2 narrow posts, causing the bumpers to break off easily from the body. Most probably MÄRKLIN thereafter decided to alter this by attaching the bumpers to the body in its full length. MÄRKLIN catalog number reference No. 5521/9. Also sold shortly during the Post War period with the “KdF” removed from the bumper. Over the years, the diecast metal becomes very brittle and can easily break with temperature change and handling.

Additional Info

  • Manufacturer: MÄRKLIN
  • Scale: 1/37
  • Length: 110mm
  • Production Era: 1938-46
  • Country: Germany
  • Materials: Diecast
  • Color: KdF Blue/Grey, Light Blue, Light Green, Green, Maroon, Black, Grey

4 comments

  • Comment Link Greg Carr Thursday, 21 August 2014 21:14 posted by Greg Carr

    Okay, BoB posted my photo. As I compare my photo to the blue Marklin No. 9 in the pictures, I see yet another license plate light variation. My "later" version still has the round light above what looks like a molded post. The blue car appears to have just the post sticking up in place of the light. I wonder how many variations of this model there truly are?

  • Comment Link Greg Carr Sunday, 20 July 2014 14:38 posted by Greg Carr

    Yes, I will get some photos. The car I have is rough, with both bumpers missing. I also discovered the rear license plate light detail is different, with it more closely resembling the actual car.

  • Comment Link Jozsi Toth Saturday, 19 July 2014 12:08 posted by Jozsi Toth

    hi Greg, you are 100% right. This is one piece of info we still need to add.... I am a bit behind... Do you have a good picture of that version, which we could use? Thnx!

  • Comment Link Greg Carr Friday, 18 July 2014 17:19 posted by Greg Carr

    I believe there were two castings of this model, one with weak and fragile bumper mountings that commonly broke off, and a second variation with sturdier bumper mountings across the width of the body. The blue car pictured above has the sturdier bumpers, as does the unpainted body with the front broken off.

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