Thursday, June 18, 2015

#557 DARDA - GO-KART, DKW MUNGA and VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE (1984 and 1987)


Maybe in an attempt to sell their products to a wider range of children (especially to girls and boys who don´t like cars), Darda decided at some point to introduce funny and special models in their assortment. Some were vehicles, like motorbikes, go-karts, planes, but other were directly animals (cat and mouse) or humans (skateboarder and delta-flyer).


I´d like to get some of these "exotic" models, but since they are not a toy car, they are not easy to find on flea markets or similar. However, these three cars could actually be considered "funny", since they are also rare choices for vehicles: a Go-Kart, a Volkswage Beetle with some hippie flowers decoration and a Military Jeep. Very different vehicles, and not the ones we are used to see as scale models.

These three models presented in this entry are somehow rare vehicles or normal vehicles decorated in a funny way.

Go-Kart in dark Green – 1984 – Nr. 1800-122




DKW Munga in Military Green “Police” – 1984 – Nr. 1500-020




Volkswagen Beetle in light blue – 1987 – Nr.1410-001








The Jeep model has been used as a promotional ítem by many companies, so it is a model with many variations.

UPDATE: Thanks Steve for identifying the DKW Munga (wrongly described as "Jeep")

UPDATE 2: I just found a new Go-Kart, this time in silver grey, I like it better than the dark green.





FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: GO-KART, DKW MUNGA and VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE (Nrs. 1800-122, 1500-020 and 1410-001) (Numbering according to www.dardamania.de)
  • Scale: 1:64 (approx.)
  • Year: 1984, 1984 and 1987
  • Company: Darda (Germany)
  • Size: approx. 3’’ or 7 cm

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