This is a hard to find Volkswagen toy made by Aoshin of Japan. Aoshin was best known for its battery operated vehicles, especially the Batmobile and Monkees automobiles. Other examples included boats and motorcycles. And there was also a battery operated “Smoking Volkswagen”. You can find examples of these toys all over the Internet.
Now, just try to find this toy! We couldn’t find a single example.
We believe this toy was made in the 1970s or possibly early ‘80s based on its construction. Check out how the locking tabs on the undercarriage now have protection from fingers. Screws are used instead of tabs to secure the chassis to the body. The body and chassis are plastic, while the interior and bumpers are tin.
Size: About 8 ½ inches long; 3 ¾ inches high at the roof; 7 inches wide at the back tires
Condition: Very Good. There is some wear to the racing stripe on the roof. The bumpers show typical silver paint-wear, and there is a small paint chip on the passenger door.
The box is in excellent condition, with creases at the corners. Notice that the original price tag is still present. And notice the price: $8.95—definitely not 1950s or ‘60s pricing for a battery op toy.
Put in 2 C-cell batteries and watch the action. The engine compartment lights up, while the wheels move back and forth trying to walk. Then the car takes off with “Mystery Action” running for a while with bump and go action, then stopping and starting the process again.
This is a toy for Beetle lovers and toy collectors alike. We can just about guarantee that very few of these exist.
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