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In 1910, Hubert Kienberger founded HUKI, Kienberger & Co., Nürnberg, Germany. They mainly produced Penny Toys and animals on wheels. Before WWII, they used the brand name KiCo, which was later altered into HUKI. In 1943, the company was destroyed by a fire and only in 1951 production was restarted. HUKI ceased to exist in the second half of the 1970s. HUKI always produced tin toys and did not change to add plastic toys to their production like many other toy manufacturers. This caused their downfall. They had developed new toy models until the late sixties; in their last decade (or less) they only produced from their old production tooling.

Very nice tinplate lithograph body representing the Volkswagen. Details include windows with people’s faces, taillights, headlights and engine louvers. License registration number HK393 rear deck lid. The HK393 was produced with only a 2 door VW Sedan design. Variations of: metal chassis and bumpers with or without motor, with or without brake lever, key hole on drivers or passengers side, with or without “MADE IN” lettering on the rear deck lid, metal or plastic wheels. See chart for variations. There is a HUKI HK393 with a black roof that is suspected, but not confirmed, to have been painted.

It has been recently discovered that the AA124 tin lithographed Split Window VW (HUKI Copy) was actually produced in Greece from the toy manufacturer of ANANIAS ANANIADES (AA).

Additional Info

  • Manufacturer: HK HUKI
  • Scale: 1/50
  • Length: 80mm
  • Production Era: 1951-55
  • Country: Germany
  • Materials: Tin Plate
  • Color: Red/Cream, Light Tan/Green, Olive/Light Green, Brown/Light Green, Red/Light blue

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