1949 Volkswagen Beetle
 
Item: 5201 - 1:12 scale 

In 1933, Ferdinand Porsche was asked by the new Nazi government to design a car for the working man, a project which later to be known as the ˇ§peopleˇ¦s carˇ¨, or Volkswagen. In May 1937, a company was created to develop and make the car, and one year later, work started on the building of a new factory in the town later to be known as Wolfs burg. However, the war interrupted production almost at once and production was turned over to military vehicles.

In 1945, the factory which was now located in the British occupation zone, was placed under the control of a British Army officer, Major Ivan Hirst. There was no longer a need for military vehicles, so Hirst resuscitated the Volkswagen project and started production following an order from the British Army for 20,000 cars. The factory was then offered to the major US car
manufacturers but when no interest was shown, Heinrich Nordhoff,  a former senior manager with Opel, was recruited in 1948 and he finally took over from Major Hirst the following year.

This was the beginning of one of the most important German companies, which was based on a car which would sell over 20 million units over the following 40 years or so.

Over the next few years, Sun Star will trace the history of this world-wide icon, starting with the 1949 saloon with its split rear-window (Bretzel).

Features :

•  Super-detailed 1:12 scale
•  Over 400 parts
•  Functioning traffic captors (manual)
•  Opening glove box
•  Tilting front seats
•  Opening front side windows operated by crank handle
•  Removable spare wheel
•  Rear seat backs fold forwards
•  Removable tool kit
•  Independent suspension
•  Functioning door handles
•  Detailed engine with separate HT leads, fan belt, alternator, starter motor etc
•  Removable hub cabs
•  All four wheels can be changed by unscrewing the 5 nuts
•  Possible windscreen wipers
•  movable gear lever
•  movable sun visors

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1950 Volkswagen Beetle saloon
Item: 5202
Color: Perlgrau

Limited Edition 2000pcs
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1953 Volkswagen Beetle saloon
Item: 5203
Color: Brown Beige

Limited Edition 900pcs
Following on from their models of the 1950 Beetles, Sun Star's models of the 1953 saloon and cabriolet faithfully replicate the many changes which the Beetle had undergone. By far the most noticeable is the replacement of the old two-part rear window, usually referred to as the Brezelfenster (pretzel-window), by a new, oval window which was 23% larger. 
Internally, the new dashboard had lost its left-hand glove-box, the remaining glove-box had a lid which was opened by a push-button and a central ashtray with a small handle was added to the centre. The indicator was moved to a stalk mounted on the left side of the steering column. A Wolfsburg crest was added to centre of steering wheel. In the engine compartment, the fuel filler cap had been widened from 40mm to 80mm and the original, mushroom-shaped air filter had been replaced by an oil-bath filter. 
Externally, the main changes were the addition of a Wolfsburg crest to the bonnet and a T-handle to the engine cover. The bumpers were now deeper with overriders, and the horn had been removed from the front bumper and concealed in the front wing behind an oval decorative grille. Quarter-lights with lockable catches had been added to both doors.
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1949 Volkswagen Käfer Cabriolet
Item: 5211
Color: Red / Black 

Limited Edition 3000pcs
Few automobiles are as recognizable or iconic as the Volkswagen Käfer or Beetle. This was Ferdinand Porsche's answer to the 1933 Nazi Party directive to develop a low cost "People's Car" for Germany 's working class. By 1937, the completed design was slated for production in a factory built in Wolfs burg . The war however halted production almost before it had begun and the Beetle was morphed into a light weight military transporter known as the Kübelwagen. After the war, the Wolfs burg factory, under British control, was given their first order to produce 20,000 Beetles. Ultimately 20,000,000 of these cars would be produced. 
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1953 Volkswagen Käfer Cabriolet
Item: 5212
Color: Metallic Beige

Limited Edition 1500pcs
Following on from their models of the 1950 Beetles, Sun Star's models of the 1953 saloon and cabriolet faithfully replicate the many changes which the Beetle had undergone. By far the most noticeable is the replacement of the old two-part rear window, usually referred to as the Brezelfenster (pretzel-window), by a new, oval window which was 23% larger. 
Internally, the new dashboard had lost its left-hand glove-box, the remaining glove-box had a lid which was opened by a push-button and a central ashtray with a small handle was added to the centre. The indicator was moved to a stalk mounted on the left side of the steering column. A Wolfsburg crest was added to centre of steering wheel. In the engine compartment, the fuel filler cap had been widened from 40mm to 80mm and the original, mushroom-shaped air filter had been replaced by an oil-bath filter. 
Externally, the main changes were the addition of a Wolfsburg crest to the bonnet and a T-handle to the engine cover. The bumpers were now deeper with overriders, and the horn had been removed from the front bumper and concealed in the front wing behind an oval decorative grille. Quarter-lights with lockable catches had been added to both doors.
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1955 Volkswagen Beetle saloon
Item: 5204
Color: Gold 

Limited Edition 1000pcs
Heinz Nordhoff who had taken over from Major Ivan Hirst as head of Volkswagen in 1948 and had led its expansion into the Hebüller and Karmann cabriolets and later into the Type 2 Transporter/Kombi. On 5th August 1955, he marked the production of the 1 millionth Volkswagen with a Press Conference and party at the factory. The star of the show was a 1955 Export saloon in metallic gold, decorated with sparkling cut-glass ˇ§jewelsˇ¨. 
This vehicle featured the new 1200cc engine. Internally, it had revised door and interior panels, a steering wheel with a smaller hub and new easy-grip rim and a cranked gear lever. Externally, it had the revised brake tail light and reflector units, chromed twin exhaust pipes whilst in the luggage compartment, the shape of the fuel tank had been modified to increase the space for luggage from 70 to 85 litres and the brake fluid reservoir had been moved to the front, behind the spare wheel.
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1958 Volkswagen Käfer Cabriolet
Item: 5213
Color: Atlas Blue 

Limited Edition 1000pcs
This 1958 Karmann cabriolet features the completely new dashboard with a chromed moulding strip across the entire length, a wider glove compartment and pull-out ashtray. 
The traditional VW accelerator roller was replaced by a rubber-covered flat pedal .
Externally, the engine cover had been completely modified to accommodate a larger, lighted two-line number plate by making it flatter and removing the W-shaped moulding, with ventilation being provided by two sets of horizontal louvre vents. The windscreen had been increased in area by 8%, although this would be more noticeable on the saloons, and the rear window increased by 45%. The VW logo on the hub caps was now just painted on in black.
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1961 Volkswagen Beetle saloon
Item: 5205
Color: Beryl Green 



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