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In 1946, the PRÄMETA company, located in Cologne, Germany, was founded by Dr. von Soiron and his wife. In the beginning, they mainly produced hinges and pharmaceutical aids, but also bicycle parts! The company acquired the forms of the Eckert & Ziegler Split VW model in 1947. PRÄMETA assigned a company named Postel Spritzguss (founded in 1925 by Kurt Postel in Köln, Höhenberg) to produce the VW Split Window models. PRÄMETA then sold and marketed the models. Eckert & Ziegler as well as Postel Spritzguss were located near the PRÄMETA facility in Köln (Cologne). PRÄMETA and Postel Druckguss still exist.

The PRÄMETA Volkswagen was casted in special metal composition that resembled pewter and had solid windows. The details and indentations for the body lines are a shallow relief design. There are details of the front hood, windows, doors and rear deck lid with license plate frame. Part of the casting also included headlights, taillights, VW hood emblem and bumpers with guards. The body roofline is a little on the square side and the VW is not rounded compared to the real VW silhouette. The rear split window design is not accurate as well. The PRÄMETA VW was about 1/37 scale or about 110mm in length.

The chassis was also made out of the same metal composition as the body. The diecast metal chassis was plain with no details or markings. There was steering for this PRÄMETA VW and a lever protruded out under the front bumper. The chassis was riveted to the body using 7 rivets. Some PRÄMETA VWs had a special design using a one-wheel mechanism attached to the chassis that would make the PRÄMETA SPLIT VW to turn in a circle without using the front wheel steering !!

This PRÄMETA VW version V2 was equipped with a clockwork motor and came in a nice cardboard box with a label showing the PRÄMETA VW and a wind-up key in the shape of a policeman. The wind-up key was specifically made for the VW and is different from the regular keys used for the other PRÄMETA cars of the time. Two versions of the special VW wind-up key are known; the first version was made of a brittle metal (aluminium?) and the second was made of a stronger diecast metal. This key wound version had rubber tires with PRÄMETA and 500x16 molded on the tires as well. The key hole was located on the right door side of the VW and the brake lever for the motor protruded out the rear deck lid. Some variations had shinny front wheels and dull grey rear wheels.

The PRÄMETA company bought clockwerk motors, wheels, etc. for their toys from the company Paul Weiss Laufwerk Fabrik, located in Nürnberg, Germany. Paul Weiss Laufwerk Fabrik existed from 1919 until 1969 and produced parts for tin toys as well as clockwork motors for many manufacturers. The Paul Weiss company logo was a multi-pointed star with P.W. in the star center.

The PRÄMETA VW V2 were produced in various colours. They sported a color of either red, maroon, green, yellow, brown, black or blue. The very first wind up version featured windows that were painted in the bodycolour. The second wind up version had silver painted windows.

The PRÄMETA Split Window VW body is a basic copy of the KdF ECKERT & ZIEGLER VW model.

Additional Info

  • Manufacturer: PRÄMETA
  • Scale: 1/37
  • Length: 110mm
  • Production Era: 1948-52
  • Country: Germany
  • Materials: Diecast Metal
  • Color: Red, Maroon, Green, Yellow, Brown, Black or Blue
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