The VW Golf in miniature — Volkswagen K70

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Volkswagen’s front-wheel-drive, water-cooled the Golf

by Brian Willoughby, by Brian Willoughby and Doug

By the late 1960’s, Volkswagen was in an precarious position in which its unprecedented success and even its standing within the automotive were under attack. still a well-engineered car with more years of life in it, the Type 1 (or Beetle) was, at its a pre-war design with little development potential. with this basic Volkswagen had managed to stretch the versatility and create a few re-clothed with the Type 2 (known as the and Type 3 (that was commonly at least in the U.S. the Squareback). to its unique and practical nature and of meaningful competition, the Type 2 certifiable hit; however, the 3, which was intended to supersede the 1, never found the market that Wolfsburg had hoped With its engineers seemingly in a stranglehold by the air-cooled, rear-engined Volkswagen grew dangerously moribund daily. The final of the time-honored Volkswagen platform with the poorly received to mention downright ugly) 411 of Expensive to develop and a flop the beginning, the 411 and later 412 proved the formula that had previously so magical for the German giant an injection of some fresh new

During 1965, Volkswagen had the Auto Union from and promptly began work on DKW, which, at the time, was Union’s only product To distance the company from the two-cycle engined cars it had producing, Volkswagen revived the of one of the Auto Union’s four that had been phased out of before World War 2 broke Audi. In killing off DKW and resurrecting Volkswagen’s desire was to create a up-market line of cars would compete directly BMW as well as the Auto Union’s benefactor, Mercedes. Yet much important in the greater scheme of than gaining access to an sector of the automotive marketplace, was the technology and expertise Volkswagen gained access to through its of the Auto Union.

Eager to further and apparently believing its bubble would never Volkswagen absorbed another car (and motorcycle) manufacturer its empire during 1969: company was NSU, the first car ever to place a Wankel engine into series After first applying the to small, rear-engined cars, NSU the automotive world by installing a Wankel within its incredibly front-wheel-drive Ro80 of 1967. the flagship Ro80’s unproved and Wankel nearly bankrupted however, once again, ended up with, largely by some of the best and most engineering that the automotive had to offer during the late

Banking on the sure-fired success of the new NSU had begun to develop a smaller, model for it. Assigned the designation of too much had been invested in the car to it and with the Volkswagen takeover, the NSU K70 went into production conventional, water-cooled piston as the front-wheel-drive Volkswagen K70. being an insignificant car on most the K70 was an immensely important model in history since it represented first ever departure from the rear-engine design drawn up by Ferdinand Porsche so years before. The car was even a decent seller and clearly the path that Volkswagen need to travel in the future if it to remain a viable auto

Drawing on the front-wheel-drive designs it had from the Auto Union and Volkswagen penned an extremely and all new car for the 1973 model year. the Passat (Dasher in the U.S.), the car was the front-wheel-drive, water-cooled Volkswagen from the beginning as a thorough product rather than one had been captured and re-branded. and decidedly up-market compared to the 1 and 411, the Passat proved Volkswagen had made the right about switching away rear engines and air cooling. Yet the was far too big and expensively priced to tread on the domain, leading people to that the evergreen Type 1 never be fully replaced. the Passat allowed Volkswagen to the waters and gauge how the car buying would react to a very car, then still development, that was intended to be the 1’s successor. That the Golf (Rabbit to Americans), was during 1974 by a very Volkswagen.

Replacing a legend is easy and Volkswagen had a more task than that faced by any other car maker Ford when it discontinued the T in favor of the Model A. Yet as with the Model A, the new Volkswagen Golf was so more modern and even looking (thanks to Ital clean styling) than its that sales of the Type 1 almost immediately after it its debut. Eventually, the Type 1 be completely phased out of production in and in spite of continued manufacturing of the old air-cooled Beetle in Mexico, no one doubts that the Golf took its place.

The Golf today as one of the best selling car of all time and while it will not replace its famous ancestor in the books as the best selling car of all the Golf proved that had more to offer than robustness and outdated cars through clever advertising A thoroughly modern design infinite potential, the Golf has been increased to include not the original hatchback layout also high performance (the GTi, Scirocco and convertibles, station wagons and sedans (the Jetta is a Golf with a trunk.) the much heralded New Beetle is on the current Golf IV’s As might be expected after generations of Golfs, a lot of diecast of the cars have appeared around the world. Let’s a look at what has graced the toy shelves over the intervening

The Golf I

As the first generation was in production for 10 years, a considerable of diecast manufacturers offered of the hugely and deservedly successful new As might be expected, the German firms of Schuco and Siku among the first companies to diecast Golf models.

at 1:66, Schuco’s miniature all of the high quality hallmarks line of toy cars had long known for and, in addition to its body shape, was equipped opening doors. Sadly, was in dire financial condition its new Golf casting was unveiled and it prove to be one of the final new diecast to appear under the beloved name. Yet this would not to be the end for the tools used to produce model: as with so many Schuco castings, the dies for the were acquired by the Brazil-based a company that continued to several new variations of the miniature a Portuguese-labeled fire chief’s for years to come.

Also in Siku opted to offer two Golf castings: the earliest to was the standard Golf two-door; this was later augmented by a miniature of the Karmann-built Cabriolet. most diecast makers to hover their products the more common 1:64 Siku produced its models in a larger 1:55 that resulted more detailed Like Schuco’s superb Siku’s hardtop Golf opening doors yet the model for some reason, frequently with distracting window in peculiar shades of amberish that did little to enhance its

Arriving some time the Cabriolet deleted not only the model’s roof though its opening doors; nevertheless, it is a miniature of one of the few convertible cars being sold in the United during the early 1980’s.

its worldwide acceptance, the Golf a somewhat odd subject for Japan’s to include within its F-series of cars.

While most F-series were predominately either or sports cars, the Golf was a proletarian entrant within the Unfortunately, Tomica’s typically ability to capture a vehicle in miniature must have on holiday when the tools for the were designed: its proportions are at best and it appears unnaturally and elongated, especially in the front when compared to the actual

Perhaps in recognition of Volkswagen’s to open a Golf production in Pennsylvania, U.S.-based Mattel a unique and fanciful miniature of the car in rally trim to include its Hot Wheels range of diecast

Named Hare Splitter (a to the name the car was marketed under in the Hot Wheels’ Golf was apparently the small scale model of the generation car to feature an opening (made of molded plastic, no Produced, like most Hot models, in a myriad of color early versions were with a roof rack included supplemental lighting and a tire; needless to say, details that were discontinued.

Well-received in England, offered a nicely proportioned Golf as a member of its Matchbox

Always ready for a trip to the Matchbox’s Golf carried two surf boards on its roof furthermore, was equipped with a tow that was used to pull two motorboats and even a large, camping trailer in certain Pack arrangements.

This casting was used by Matchbox in 1987 to establish rights to the name. The packaging said but it still reads Matchbox on the only on the German-market, Matchbox a special (and now rare) of the model the German auto ADAC’s livery that unique decals, a roof-mounted and plastic aerial in place of the board rack. Later omitted the roof rack and, in a final indignity, the evolved into a somewhat high rider model was fitted with grossly wheels decorated with tampos. After retiring the from its English production the dies for this model sent to Bulgaria where the model continued to be made for more years.

In France, quirky miniature of the first Golf was an anomaly: Accurate to be considered a scale model, its simplistic interior molding and of any features made its orientation toy market painfully apparent. Norev’s intentions for its Mini range, this well-crafted along with its brethren, can be a toy car to secure a copy of in today’s market.

Another Gallic and perhaps known brand, Majorette, a pair of Golf miniatures seemed to owe their inspiration to diecast manufacturer located the English Channel.

Like Majorette sold miniature variants in both well-presented and ridiculous big foot versions.

the Majorette casting was produced in by Novacar. These diecast featured Novacar wheels and had the Majorette name blanked-out on the

Meanwhile, just a little South, Italy’s Polistil what was apparently a promotional of the Golf that was packaged in a picture box. Although the of these models remains of a mystery, Polistil was, at the manufacturing a range of toys at 1:66 that included of every car then being in Europe by Ford, Alfa Fiat, Citroen, Renault and

In the Orient, a number of inexpensive of the earliest Golf body appeared that have sold under various names over the years. debuting under the M C Toys later versions of a relatively quality Golf GTi casting worn the Maisto name. available, this model seems to have its front raised just slightly too Marketed primarily as either Zee or Zylmex, a crude and largely miniature of the Golf GTi remains in after several years as a of Red Box’s Motormax series.

rather crudely proportioned Blue Box’s Golf still manages to possess an and magnetic charm that to be unique to the products of this brand of toys.

The Golf II

absent, the only remaining small scale diecast Siku, failed to offer a of the second generation Golf. a great reduction in the number of miniatures occurred with the to the new chassis and never again such a variety of brands and the car be available. Nevertheless, at least two examples of the Golf II did enter under the auspices of a couple of the big while a third, budget-price appeared that is extremely to find today.

After the financial failure of its parent Products and the acquisition of its tradename by Matchbox’s second Golf was a solid and heavy miniature of the GTi.

Featuring a tow hook, logos and a rare opening this high quality was constructed of more metal most of its contemporaries and sported not a main body casting of alloy though also a consisting of the same material.

to the popularity of the high-performance variant of the Hot Wheels offered a well miniature rendition of the second-generation GTi in the mid-1980’s.

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A surprisingly long-lived model its lack of novel gimmicks, Hot GTi has survived in production until and in the meantime has appeared in multiple wheel and tampo variations being cast in at least two countries. Although this has appeared in some rather and sometimes atrocious paint it is a casting that always its best in the simplest, solid with the recent solid with five-spoke wheels being particularly handsome.

An model that has to have an story behind it, Welly’s II seems to have begun as a copy of Tomica’s earlier I.

Like the Tomica miniature, the open and it shares the same and disproportionate body lines; its more rounded contours identify the model as a Golf II. a modified and updated version of began its life as a pirated Welly’s Golf GTi is a rare and, not to its credit, its paint frequently leaves a lot to be desired.


By the time the Golf III arrived, the car had so much a part of the landscape few diecasters took note of the new and improved third generation of perennially popular German After ignoring the Golf II, decided to make amends Wolfsburg by casting two separate of the new car.

Appearing first was the hardtop Golf; it was offered a wide variety of paint and decorations and even was produced in an Fahrschule (driving school for speakers) variant. The second III to debut under the Siku was a new version of the beloved Karmann If you hurry, both of these may still be available at out-of-the-way toy and shops since Siku’s IV miniature has only recently widely available.

Strangely, also skipped the Golf II; its miniature rendition of the new Golf III was a and accurate model that many collectors of earlier and gaudy Majorettes. Typically with some of the better designs used by Majorette the period, the Golf III arrived with an opening rear and invariably painted in silver.

racing versions of the Majorette III were also offered.

The IV

The only remaining small-scale manufacturer in Germany, Siku to satisfy its enviable niche consisting of both youths and collectors with some of the made diecast cars and ever produced.

Always one of the documentarians of German cars and in particular, Siku’s latest of the Golf IV is another winning Presented in Siku’s preferred and larger 1:55 scale, model offers accurate and an opening tailgate that are to please both young and old admirers .

Currently only available in the States through private Majorette is, as always, producing a range of tempting miniatures has seen the introduction of several new during its absence from the market.

Among these is the company’s latest incarnation of the Volkswagen Golf in Mark IV Similar in execution to Siku’s IV, Majorette’s model is also with an opening tailgate and tow

After years of pirates and low quality, lackluster miniatures, really managed to get everything to produce a knock-out scale of the Golf IV.

Like its other new mates, Welly’s four-door IV is such a dramatic departure for its that its outstanding casting came most unexpectedly to collectors. Fully licensed by and featuring a full interior, window glazing and laser-printed the best part of this is perhaps its low cost of 50 cents you purchase two at the local Walgreens

Also worth finding is recent issue of a miniature IV Cabriolet that comes along with a Jetta in a pack series that is available at Wal-Mart stores.

most recent 1:64 Maisto models, the new Golf is outfitted with a full and an untinted windshield in addition to wheels that, all totaled, in a very high quality Sadly, it seems that convertibles are now receiving the full treatment at Maisto, leading to ponder how Welly can offer so more value and detail in models for the same price.

And we conclude our review of miniature Yet the Golf story is far from over and collectors can undoubtedly to see more diecast models of the car for as as it remains in production. Certainly, rather amazing and remarkable car has to be one of the world’s most deserving

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