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The REX PLASTIK company was based in Nürnberg, Germany and was founded by Max Ernst. He started his career at the toy company GÖSO in 1928. In 1935, he married the daughter of Karl Arnold and became manager of ARNOLD together with Karl Arnold. Karl Arnold died in 1946 and Max Ernst became CEO of ARNOLD. Sometime in the early 1950’s (1954?) he established REX PLASTIK, while he still worked as CEO of ARNOLD. The first proof of the existence of REX PLASTIK is a 1955 advertisement showing some plastic ships, children’s buckets, animals and cars. In 1957, REX PLASTIK started to market and sell TUDOR ROSE toys in Germany as well.

As from 1958, many advertisements are seen where REX PLASTIK advertised together with ARNOLD. In the early 1970’s Max Ernst went into retirement. Soon after in 1973, REX PLASTIK and ARNOLD stopped advertising together.

The 1955-59 era Lowlight Karmann Ghia VW Coupe featured here was presented in a late 1950’s brochure of REX PLASTIK, sometime between 1956 and 1959. The diecast metal body has cutout windows and has details of the front hood, rear hood and door seamlines. The headlights, rear hood air louvers, front and rear bumpers are painted silver. The taillights have a dab of red paint. White plastic wheels on metal axles attach to the chassis. This Karmann Ghia Coupe came in a colorful box with a typical German tankstelle scene and the box labeled No. 1022 and was part of a series of vehicles.

Additional Info

  • Manufacturer: REX
  • Scale: 1/87
  • Length: 48mm
  • Production Era: Late 1950s
  • Country: Germany
  • Materials: Diecast Metal
  • Color: Grey
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