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Another 1/43 Politoys - VW 1600 TL. Not the greatest condition but its a rare model.

(The Porsche was yesterday's flea market find, this one is today's flea market find)

 

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That is an excellent flea market find - this casting is very HTF. It was also made in blue and red and mustard yellow. Here are blue and red:



 

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Thanks - Vadim, which pieces are missing from your example? I don't think I have any spares for the TL in my Politoys spares box, but if you can let me know which bits you need, I will have a look and will keep an eye out for any that come up which I don't have.
 

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Thanks - Vadim, which pieces are missing from your example? I don't think I have any spares for the TL in my Politoys spares box, but if you can let me know which bits you need, I will have a look and will keep an eye out for any that come up which I don't have.
Thanks....

The rear bumpers are missing and the rear tail lights. I think the rear bumper comes together with the tail lights as one piece? The front windshield is also not there. I think the front small side bumpers are missing too as I am comparing the pictures.

Thanks for showing your pictures of this model. Nice to see one in perfect condition.
 

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Hi,

The tail-lights are separate mouldings from the bumper - at the front there should be the front bumper which is present on your model, then 2 little chrome sidelights (one moulding on each side), then the headlamps.

At the back, there is the chrome bumper, then above that again 2 little chrome sidelights (one moulding for each side), then the tail-lamps which are cast in red plastic and are separate mouldings, one for each side.

I'll see what, if anything, I have spare.

The side-lights often come off and get lost on this model. Yours is still an excellent find with good paint.
 

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Is this casting late '60s - early '70s?
If so, it's pretty crazy little details for it`s time. Immpressive.

And the body itself is really well done.
Crisp lines and correct proportions, and even wheels specific to a VW.

About the only imperfection is the window frames on the doors are too wide.

Thanks a lot for sharing this little treasure with us!

:wave: LMX
 

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Yep, this one was issued in 1968, and would have remained in the range until about 1972 or thereabouts (its a bit hazy as to when the models were withdrawn).

They also did a Squareback, but although they'd planned to make it just as detailed, they realised the company was going bankrupt so they simplified it and made it the first in a cheaper range called the Export Series with way less detail.
 

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Yep, this one was issued in 1968, and would have remained in the range until about 1972 or thereabouts (its a bit hazy as to when the models were withdrawn).

They also did a Squareback, but although they'd planned to make it just as detailed, they realised the company was going bankrupt so they simplified it and made it the first in a cheaper range called the Export Series with way less detail.
Noice! Thanks for the informative reply. :thumbsup:
 

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Still cool, but wow, what a difference. The fastback is so much nicer like you said.

I'd be willing to bet our friend **** has a few of these. Probably several!
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Yes, as I recall he does indeed. The Squareback has the same wheels and headlamp mouldings as the Fastback, but everything else is different. Later they replaced the wheels on the Squareback with one-piece plastic ones with fast-running axles, but funnily enough the examples with those are actually rarer than the ones with the more realistic wheels shown here.
 

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You could say rare doesn't necessarilly mean desirable.
I have an '85 Jag XJ-SC with a 3 piece removable hrdtp of which only 300 were imported to the U.S. Nobody wants the damn thing!
 

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I agree, the details on those are quite impressive, especially for the time. I think the pre-Hot Wheels eras were generally pretty good with proportions though. Mattel kind of introduced the age of silly proportions and fantasy cars in '68 which continues to this day.

You could say rare doesn't necessarilly mean desirable. I have an '85 Jag XJ-SC with a 3 piece removable hrdtp of which only 300 were imported to the U.S. Nobody wants the damn thing!
Not that I advocate cutting up rare cars, but have you considered giving it the old LMX rat rod treatment? I can tell you there wouldn't be another Frankenjag like it anywhere! ;) I can picture it now, lake pipes with black steelies.
 

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I've thought about that too.
The thing is just too rotted. I'm sick of fixing cars that should have been junked.
Maybe it's a noble deed to save old cars, but I'll let someone else save this one and put that energy into my '71 Imperial and my 2 '68 Furys.
 

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Still cool, but wow, what a difference. The fastback is so much nicer like you said.

I'd be willing to bet our friend **** has a few of these. Probably several!
:wave:

I do, I have an almost mint green Fastback,a slightly playworn green squareback and a mint blue squareback as well as a tatty white Tekno notchback.These are fine toys with lots of character, Dinky did a 1/42 fastback which is one of their better efforts if a little too large!
 

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I've thought about that too.
The thing is just too rotted. I'm sick of fixing cars that should have been junked.
Maybe it's a noble deed to save old cars, but I'll let someone else save this one and put that energy into my '71 Imperial and my 2 '68 Furys.
The world is awash with fine old cars that deserve good homes and still have lots of life left in them but are being scrapped because nobody wants them. The XJS wasnt Jag´s finest achievement......
 
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