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Volkswagen Drag Bus
Debut Series 1996 First Editions
Produced 1996-present
Designer Phil Riehlman
Number 372
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Description

The Volkswagen Drag Bus is one of the hottest surprise castings to ever come out of Mattel's factory. Whether you love it or hate it, it turned into a collectors #1 favorite. The Volkswagen Drag Bus designed by Phil Riehlman has his initials, P R, cast into the bottom of the rear differential. This casting when released was the heaviest casting Mattel made, and the most popular.

Versions

The Volkswagen Drag Bus has come out in the following versions:

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
372 1996 1996 First Editions 6/12 Metalflake Blue Red, Yellow and White tampos, w/"Hot Wheels" logo, "Fahrvergnügen", and "Phils VW Performance Parts" on sides Unpainted / Metal Clear Orange Front Chrome 5SP Rear Chrome 10DOT 14912 China Volkswagon.drag.bus.14912.a-l
N/A 1997 Liberty Promotions for
All Tune & Lube
Black Flames cover both sides Unpainted / Metal Red Tint Yellow Front Gold 5SP Rear Gold 10DOT 18665 China This was the first VW Drag Bus produced by Liberty Promotions working with Mattel. VW Bus - 97 All Tune & Lube
N/A 1998 Custom Car Designer Pearl White none Unpainted / Metal Clear Red Front Chrome 5SP Rear Chrome 10DOT 19048 China Came with the Custom Car Designer CD-ROM VW Bus - 98 Custom Car Designer
372 1998 30th Anniversary Set Metalflake Blue Red, Yellow, and White tampos w/HW logo, "Fahrvergnügen", and "Phils VW Performance Parts" on sides. HW 30th Anniv tampo on the rear wing Unpainted / Metal Clear Orange Front Chrome 5SP Rear Chrome 10DOT China The only difference from the 1996 issue VW Bus is the "Hot Wheels" tampo on the rear wing VW Bus - 30th Anniversary
N/A 1998 Liberty Promotions for
Jiffy Lube
Yellow Red and Black tampos on sides with "13" and racing deco Unpainted / Metal Red Tint Black Front Chrome 5SP Rear Chrome 10DOT 20961 China This was the 2nd VW Drag Bus produced by Liberty Promotions working with Mattel VW Bus - 98 Jiffy Lube
N/A 1998 Van de Kamp's Promotion Lime Green Both sides have Yellow/Orange "Fish-O-Saurus" and Blue "Van-de-Kamp's" tampos. Top has Pink Surfboard w/Blue "Van-de-Kamp's" tampo Unpainted / Metal Clear Red Front Chrome 5SP Rear Chrome 10DOT 18585 China Packaged on Special Edition (50K) "Fish-O-Saurus" card; Mail-order only VW Bus - 98 Van de Kamps
N/A 1998 Interactive Collectors Guide Spectraflame Purple and Black Gold, Black and White "HW 30 years", Interactive" Unpainted / Metal Yellow Tint White Front RL5SP, Rear 10DOT 20774 China Came packaged with the Interactive Collectors Guide CD-ROM VW Bus - 98 Interactive Collectors Guide
N/A 1999 Malleco Tower Cranes Promotion Dark Red Unpainted / Metal Gold 5SP 22326 VW Bus - 99 Malleco
N/A 2001 Liberty Promotions for Penske Auto Center Red Unpainted / Metal Front Chrome PC5 / Rear 10DOT 54946 VW Bus - 01 Red Penske
2001 Liberty Promotions for Penske Auto Center Black Silver and Red tampos on sides with "PENSKE AUTO CENTER" Unpainted / Metal Black Tint Red Front Chrome RR6SP / Rear 10DOT 54946 Four colors were released: One in Red, Dark Red, Silver and Black Vwbus
2001 Liberty Promotions for Penske Auto Center Silver Black and White tampos on sides with "PENSKE AUTO CENTER" Unpainted / Metal Black Tint Front Chrome PC5 / Rear 10DOT 54946 Four colors were released: One in Red, Dark Red, Silver and Black Vwbus11 s
1 2002 HWC Series 1 #1 Chrome Flying Customs graphics CDDRR w/ Red Lines 85506 VW Bus - 02 HWC S1 - 1
17 2002 HWC Series 1 #17 Chrome Red and Black pin stripping, 2002 Nationals Convention logo Redline CDDRR 85522 VW Bus - 02 HWC S1 - 17
18 2002 HWC Series 1 #18 Spectraflame Orange Graphics dedicated to Phil Riehlman w/Nationals logo Redline CDDRR 85505 1 of 2,000 VW Bus - 02 HWC S1 - 18a
18 2002 HWC Series 1 #18 Spectraflame Orange Graphics dedicated to Phil Riehlman w/o Nationals logo Redline CDDRR 85505 1 of 2,712
19 2002 HWC Series 1 #19 Spectraflame Blue Graphics dedicated to Phil Riehlman Redline CDDRR 85504 VW Bus - 02 HWC S1 - 19
N/A 2003 General Mills
Wheaties Promotion
Light Blue "Hot Wheels" and "Wheaties" on sides and top Chrome / Metal Blue Tint Orange Front 5SP BLING Rear Chrome 10DOT China Mail-in promo HW VW Drag Bus Wheaties
N/A 2003 General Mills
Lucky Charms Promotion
Orange "Hot Wheels" and "Lucky Charms" on sides and top over small white flames Chrome / Metal Clear Yellow Front 5SP BLING Rear 10DOT China Mail-in promo HW VW Drag Bus Lucky Charms
N/A 2003 Preferred Series - Volkswagen Orange and White / Metal Orange Scallop tampos on side RR5SP B2257 TRU Mail-In Promo VWBusOrangeLS
2003 HWC Series 2 - Flying Customs #1 of 4 Black RR5SP B2200 VW Bus - 2003 HWC Series 2 - FC
2004 HWC Series 3 - Real Riders #6 of 6 Spectraflame Blue Real Riders graphics Goodyear RR5SP C6044 VW Bus - 2004 HWC Series 3
4/6 2005 HWC Series 4 Spectraflame Purple Redline RR5SP 2005hwcrealriders VW Bus
133 2005 2005 Treasure Hunts Series #13 Black Orange, Yellow and Blue tampos, with Flames, "Hot Wheels" logo, 10th Anniversary "Treasure Hunt" logo and "1995-2005" Unpainted / Metal Redline RR5SP VW Bus - 05TH
2005 RLC Thank You Spectraflame Chrome and Spectraflame Red Redline RR5SP J4233 Only 14,472 produced VW Bus - 2005 RLC Thank You
2005 Mongoose & Snake Drag Race Set White/Yellow Snake racing scheme 5SP VW Bus - 2005 S&M Playset - Snake
2005 Mongoose and Snake Drag Race Set White/Red Mongoose Racing Scheme 5SP VW Bus - 2005 S&M Playset - Mongoose
6/6 2006 HWC Series 5 Spectraflame Aqua and Flat White Ghosted tribal flames Chromed / Metal B.F. Goodrich RR5SP C6044 VW Bus - HWC S5 RRs
2006 RLC Thank You Spectraflame Red Redline RR5SP K6448 Only 13,775 produced VW Bus - 2006 RLC Thank You
223 2006 Mystery Cars #5 Chrome and Black Red and Black tampos RR5SP VW Bus - 2006 Mystery
1/6 2007 HWC Series 6 Spectraflame Orange Black graphic on side, Ghost flames on side Chrome / Metal Tinted Black Goodyear RR5SP L2091 China VW Bus - HWC S6 RRs
1/6 2008 HWC Series 7 Spectraflame Yellow Red Packaging Design on Side, 40th Anniversary Logo, Redline Club logo Chrome / Metal Redline RR5SP L8688 VW Bus - HWC S7 RRs
M0543 2008 40 Years of Hot Wheels Set Matte Blue Black, Silver and White tampos with "Fahrvergnügen" and Hot Wheels logo on sides Unpainted / Metal Front 5SP Rear 10DOT China Z1 003
2008 Since '68 Series Metalflake Dark Green Silver, Green, Light Green and Yellow flames on sides and top, with "Hot Wheels" logo on sides Unpainted / Metal Clear Gray Front Redline 5SP Rear Redline 10DOT M1548 Thailand VW Bus - 08 Since 68
2008 Since '68 Series - Mexico Commemorative Edition Spectraflame Copper Black Roof 5SP P3112 VW Bus - 2008 Mexico Convention
1/4 2009 2009 Red Line Club Membership Spectraflame Smoke and White Police Graphics Chrome / Metal RL Limited to 4,000 2009rlcmembership Police Bus
2/4 2009 2009 Red Line Club Membership Spectraflame Red Fire Department graphics Chrome / Metal Clear Black RL P2128 China Limited to 5,000 2009rlcmembership Fire Bus
3/4 2009 2009 Red Line Club Membership Spectraflame Olive and Black Military Police tampos Chrome / Metal Green RL Limited to 6,000 2009rlcmembership Military Bus
4/4 2009 2009 Redline Club Membership Spectraflame Yellow and Black Taxi tampo Chrome / Metal RL Limited to 7,000 2009rlcmembership Taxi Bus
1/4 2009 23rd Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Convention White and Blue Blue flames on sides and top Unpainted / Metal Clear Chrome RR5SP P2195 Thailand Limited to 3,000 Hw09convbus
2010 3rd Annual Brazil Convention Pearl White, Green and Pearl Yellow Green Yellow and White flames, "Brazil Convention 2010" Chrome / Metal Tinted White Green Chrome RR5SP R8457 Thailand 1/5000 VWDragBus Brazil10


Modified Versions

In 2012 came a low cost version.

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
2012 Light Speeders Yellow Red stripes on sides Unpainted / Metal Red Tint 5SP W5926 Thailand Base Code:E18 Volkswagen Drag Bus-2012 Light Speeders
2014 2014 Color Shifters Green - White Green flames on sides Unpainted / Metal Red Tint OH5 BHR40 Thailand Base Code: F44 Volkswagen Drag Bus-2014 Color Shifters (Cold)

Code 3

The Volkswagen Drag Bus has come out in the following Code 3 versions:

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
N/A 2004 Liberty Promotions Volks-Drag'n Hot Pink and Florescencet Green "Volks-Drag'n" and racing stickers on sides, "Ed Pink Racing Engines" on rear Silver wing Unpainted / Metal Clear Orange Front PC6 Rear 10DOT Regular Edition of 1500; Silver sideskirts and wing LP Volks Dragon
N/A 2004 Liberty Promotions Volks-Drag'n Hot Pink and Florescencet Green "Volks-Drag'n" and racing stickers on sides, "Ed Pink Racing Engines" on rear White wing Unpainted / Metal Clear Orange Front PC6 Rear 10DOT Rebel Run Edition of 200; White sideskirts and wing
N/A 2009 Liberty Promotions 9th Collectors Nationals White US Flag and "Hot Wheels Nationals" on sides, Washington DC pics on roof Unpainted / Metal Blue Chrome White Front PC5 Rear 10DOT Regular Edition of 1300; Blue windows LP 9th Nat Drag Bus
N/A 2009 Liberty Promotions 9th Collectors Nationals White US Flag and "Hot Wheels Nationals" on sides, Washington DC pics on roof Unpainted / Metal Red Chrome White Front PC5 Rear 10DOT Rebel Run Edition of 400; Red windows and tampo of Abe Lincoln by rear exhaust pipe LP 9th Nat RR Drag Bus
N/A 2009 Liberty Promotions Winter Wagon Candy Apple Red White Flames and Snowflakes on sides, White Christmas tree on roof, "Happy Holidays" on rear fin Unpainted / Metal Green Chrome Front GL PC6 Rear GL 10DOT all wheels Greenlines Regular Edition of 1300; Red version
N/A 2009 Liberty Promotions Winter Wagon Winter Green White Flames and Snowflakes on sides, White Christmas tree on roof, "Happy Holidays" on rear fin Unpainted / Metal Red Chrome Red Front RL PC5 Rear RL 10DOT all wheels Redline Rebel Run Edition of 200; Green version Lp 09 holiday rr

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