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NBN US ZONE SPLIT VW

The Nürnberger Blechspielwarenfabrik is de facto the successor of the pre WW2 company of Georg Levy (GELI). Georg Levy emigrated in 1934 because of the fact that he was prosecuted being a Jew. He appointed Mr. Karl Ochs as the new manager and Mr. Ochs subsequently bought the company. This was the start of NBN.

Nürnberger Blechspielwarenfabrik (NBN) produced this Volkswagen toy in a two-tone red or green tin plate lithographed body with white striping for the windows, doors, front hood, headlights, taillights, split window and louvers. Front hood and top either light green or cream.

Metal chassis includes bumpers, a clockwork motor and steel button wheels. “MADE IN US ZONE GERMANY” printed under the rear hood and these VWs were part of a track set. A picture of this VW (229/1) is shown in an NBN toy sales catalog. The red version also came with large rubber wheels as well as with a slightly different lithography with the cream white body parts are a very light red instead. Very rarely seen is a non two-tone solid green color with lithographed faces on the windows. 

It appears that the clockwerk motors were supplied by 2 different companies. There is a "fir tree" symbol stamped into the side of the clockwerk motor and the original key has the same stamping that indicates the well-known German clockwerk specialist company, Gebrüder Bühler. The Paul Weiss company logo was a multi-pointed star with “P.W.” in the star center.

There is a similar NBN car lithographed in orange or green with pin striping (split front window) that represent a Czech Tatra vehicle of the time. This Tatra vehicle is often called and sold as a Volkswagen, which it is not.

In 2011-2013 several conversions showed up with faces of passengers and drivers on the toys. Please note that it might very well be possible that these conversions are NOT original. In the last years several of those conversions showed up and it was clear that some of those were recent conversions.

Additional Info

  • Manufacturer: NBN
  • Scale: 1/42
  • Length: 97mm
  • Production Era: 1946-52
  • Country: Germany
  • Materials: Tin Plate
  • Color: Red/Cream, Green/Light Green, Dark Green
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