Sunday, February 8, 2015

#511 MAJORETTE - VW 1302 "BEETLE" (Nr. 202 and 203) (From 1972 on)


Here are all my Volkswagen Beetle cars made by Majorette. The VW Beetle is probably the most popular car ever in the history of automobile, a car that was produced more than 20 million times from the beginning of the 40s to the 00s.
There is almost no die-cast manufacturer that has not reproduced this model in one version or another, so I think I will repeat this entry several times in the next months. I´ll start with Majorette, since I took these pictures short ago, and I am very happy with that colour scale effect. I have 6 cars in different colours, one of them is much older than the rest, but it is interesting to note that the model was manufactured during many years.





The oldest model/cast dates from 1972 and had practicable trunk, and the oldest types of wheels. It was released with the reference number 202, and in the catalogue was depicted in green.
Wheel comparison: Green model has the oldest type of wheels.
Practicable Trunk with a suitcase carved on it.
Sunroof
Catalogue images:
  • 202 – green – 1972 and 1973
  • 202 – pink with a flower on trunk – 1974 to 1978
  • 202 – new cast without practicable parts, multicolour version – 1979
  • 202 – grey with VW logo on doors – 1980
  • Not available between 1981 and 1991
  • 203 – green – 1992
  • 203 – orange with blue wheels – 1993
  • 203 – green – 1994
  • 203 – dark blue – 1995 and 1996
  • 203 – light blue – 1997
  • 203 – picture with green, light blue and yellow models with tampographies – 1998 and 1999
  • Not available in 2000 on
Despite the catalogue information, there are many other colours in which these cars were painted: black, white, red, red and black… so it is quite difficult (if not impossible) to make a list of all available colours.

I also doubt that the car was discontinued in 2000, since then it has been offered for sale if not in the 200 series, in other sub-series or as a promotional item, or as part of a gift pack.

The VW Bug was also released with a trailer as several 3xx references. For example in the catalogues from 1974 to 1976 we see two blue VW carrying a small boat (Cabin Cruiser) or 2 kayaks.


Three different chassis

FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: VW 1302 (Nr. 202 and 203)
  • Year: From 1972 on
  • Company: Majorette (France)
  • Size: Around 6 cm.
  • Scale: 1:60

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