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A very nice, desirable, and seldom found one piece cast aluminum hollow body with solid windows and a slit in the roof as it was designed by Hans Weber for a KdF Sparkasse (savings bank). Hans Weber was based in Spenge in Westfalen, Germany in the Adolf Hitlerstrasse 253. A cast aluminum base plate with bumpers and wheels attached to it. Metal wheels/tyres on metal axles. The chassis secures to the body with 2 screws to allow the bank to open to release the coins. The base plate is stamped “Ges Gesch 144/5881 Kl.43b". This entry forms a patent dated 9/6/38 entitled ‘Volkswagen Sparkasse” (VW Savings Bank). Kl.43 b refers to the class of toys ("coin machines") and 144/5881 is the registration number of the patent. The original idea was that this Volkswagen Sparkasse would serve as a savingsbank for people who would have to save money to buy a real KdF Wagen. It was also planned to include a mechanism to calculate how much was saved and a lock with a key to open the coinbox. It appears the design did not prove practical and the project was abandoned? No Weber volkswagen coinboxes are known to exist with this mechanism or with a lock. One example was featured with thin steel wheels. A limited amount of Webers are known to exist, one without bumpers which may have been the first prototype. The cars came in a soft carton box (not very sturdy) wrapped in paper. On the lid of the box, the color of the car inside was indicated with a stroke of a pencil matching the color of the car. The box measures 16,5 cm x 7 cm x 6 cm. Before being painted with the final color, most of the cars received a red primer.

Additional Info

  • Manufacturer: WEBER
  • Scale: 1/25
  • Length: 164mm
  • Production Era: 1938-1943
  • Country: Germany
  • Materials: Cast Aluminum
  • Color: Light Green, Red, Black/Brown, Blue/Grey, Dark Green
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