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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:09 am    Post subject: Re: Flying VW Hood Ornament Reply with quote

real or fake?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Flying VW Hood Ornament Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Flying VW Hood Ornament Reply with quote

I saw this thread popped back up again.

I'll take the real or fake challenge.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Flying VW Hood Ornament Reply with quote

This is my VW front hood mascot that I purchased back in 2007 for US$225.
Looking at the others, I guess it’s a reproduction as well. It was listed on EBay as very rare . Cheers.



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:20 am    Post subject: Re: Flying VW Hood Ornament Reply with quote

56vw wrote:
This is my VW front hood mascot that I purchased back in 2007 for US$225.
Looking at the others, I guess it’s a reproduction as well. It was listed on EBay as very rare . Cheers.


Without seeing yours in the flesh, it cannot be confirmed as real or fake, but, I would lean to it being real from the pics you posted. It looks like it has been re-chromed, but an original.

Here are some detailed pics of an original, the same version as yours, for comparison.


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This is only sitting on the bonnet, not bolted down.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Flying VW Hood Ornament Reply with quote

Everyday is a school day for us......I recently learned some things about the Flying VW Mascots, and I now no longer think they originated from Australia originally, although Australia did mass market them. I now think Australia was the first to reproduce them......
There is evidence that they existed in Europe prior to the Australian ones being made.I have found evidence of 2 versions from Europe, but I think these were made in very small batch numbers, maybe even only 1 or 2, as there is not much evidence of them existing in Europe.
The earliest info from Australia that I have on these, is from 1958. I recently acquired a version that a guy bought at a swap meet in Germany 30+ years ago, and it was an old weathered piece back then. I have found this in a picture in a 1956 Gute Fahrt magazine. It was more like a universal mascot, that you change the insert to suit various cars. It looks too intricate to be homemade...... There is also another picture of the version with the rocket on top, in a 1952 Gute Fahrt magazine. Now, VW did not come to Australia until late 1953.......So, they came from Europe somewhere first, then the Australians copied/reproduced them.......
The pic from the magazine below, is from 1952.....
Sorry if I am boring you with details, but I think it is time to correct/re-write the history books on this topic.

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