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KÖRA KdF WAGEN VW V3

KÖRA, actually known as Kölle & Raab, registered in 1923 as a toy exporting and distributing company in Germany. Barbara Kölle, Alfred Kölle and Konrad Raab were the owners. KÖRA represented the smaller "unknown" German toy companies in Fürth. One of those “unknown” toy companies made this KdF Wagen toy starting around 1940 and also similar Split VW toys of the post war period as well. Since the actual manufacturer is unknown but the KÖRA insignia appears on the original shipping box, these VW toys are known by the name of KÖRA. The KÖRA company seized to exist on February 1, 1982. 

The KÖRA tin stamped body was painted in a KdF Wagen blue/grey, blue or red color and detailed with silver painted windows, air louvers, headlights and a dab of silver paint for the taillights. The stamped body details included the front and rear hoods and running boards. Tin plate chassis with a clockwerk motor and a brake lever, metal button tires, front wheel steering and tin bumpers. There is a “D” shaped punch in the chassis and the chassis may or not be ink stamped “MADE IN GERMANY.” The toy car had no licence plate registration. The chassis attached to the body with 8 chassis tabs folded over the edge of the body.

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.

Because of its similar look, this KÖRA KdF Wagen toy is often referred to as a GAMA Split Window VW, which it is not. If the chassis is not stamped GAMA, then it is a KÖRA VW.

Additional Info

  • Manufacturer: KÖRA
  • Scale: 1/29
  • Length: 140mm
  • Production Era: 1942-43
  • Country: Germany
  • Materials: Tin Plate
  • Color: Blue/Grey, Red, Blue
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