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There has been a debate about this HWN (Heinrich Wimmer Nürnberg) bus toy for many years. People collect it as a VW Bus as it has the typical ‘nose’ look. However if you look at the doors (reverse) and the cargo doors in the back – there are two that open in the middle and that go all the way down. None of these HWN toys have a VW logo so like all of the little cheap penny toys – they were inspired by cars of the time, but they did not take it too seriously to make a detailed model of a particular car. There were a lot of early toys even before the VW Bus with this V front design.  Some trains used it as well, and I believe that often a generic vehicle was manufactured having the V front to show the stylish air flow design of the time.

The HWN vehicle has backward cab doors compared to a real VW and a sideways swing open rear door indicating no rear engine.  Finally it has flared front wheel wells similar to a Tempo Matador.  It was never intended to be a VW.


Tin plate lithographed design of a Red Cross Emergency Bus or a blue and cream MONOPOL theme. Vehicles have opening doors and a friction motor. License plate number of HWN-102 and the HWN logo.

Additional Info

  • Manufacturer: HWN
  • Scale: 1/49
  • Length: 86mm
  • Production Era: 1960s
  • Country: Germany
  • Materials: Tin Plate
  • Color: White Red Cross Theme, Blue/Cream MONOPOL Theme
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