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Major Ivan Hirst ordered in 1946/47 the design of an aluminum promotional gift for visitors and valued workers at the VW factory. They used aluminum because there was no shortage of scrap aluminum from dismantled airplanes. A die was made and the model was presented to Major Hirst for approval. It is apparent that the VOLK KdF Wagen steel toy was the basis for this aluminum promotional. Especially the similarity of the rear silhouette is striking. The aluminum casting of the Split Window Sedan included the base and was a one-piece construction. Major Hirst however disapproved because the lines of the model did not match the actual VW well enough. The new design later became the well-known, post war VW promotional car (See also VOLKSWAGENWERK SPLIT VW V1).  So, at the end, only very few of the initial prototypes have been made. As far as known, there only exist 2: one made of aluminum and another one made of clay.
In August 2002, Volkswagenwerk has reproduced a small series (10 models) of this prototype of the aluminum VW, using the original model as a mould. They used Ureol as material (a woodlike feel) and the body was milled from 1 piece. The models in these photos are most probably one of the 10 models reproduced. There appears to have been made some models without the base plate as well.

Additional Info

  • Manufacturer: VW MOTOR WERKS
  • Scale: 1/26
  • Length: 155mm
  • Production Era: 1946/47 and 2002
  • Country: Germany
  • Materials: Aluminum (original) / Ureol (Volkswagen factory copy)
  • Color: Silver

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