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Volkswagen Drag Bus
Debut Series First Editions
Produced 1996 - Present
Designer Phil Riehlman
Number 14912
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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, PR, cast into the bottom of the rear differential. This casting when released was the heaviest casting Mattel made, and the most popular.

There is also a modified casting called Volkswagen 21-Window Drag Bus.

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 First Editions
6/12
Metalflake Blue Red, Yellow & White tampos, "Hot Wheels" logo, "Fahrvergnügen", "Phils VW Performance Parts" on sides Unpainted
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Metal
Clear Orange Front RL5SP, Rear 10DOT 14912 China Volkswagon.drag.bus.14912.a-l
1996 Employee Holiday Release White 'Seasons Greetings' & Santa Claus on side Unpainted
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Metal
Clear Front RL5SP, Rear 10DOT China Image Not Available
1996 JC Whitney Exclusive White, Silver & Red 'JC Whitney Warshawsky' on side Unpainted
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Metal
Clear Front RL5SP, Rear 10DOT 16956 China IMG 0399
N/A 1997 Liberty Promotions for
All Tune & Lube
Black Flames cover both sides Unpainted
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Metal
Red Tint Yellow Front RL5SP, Rear 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
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Metal
Clear Red Front RL5SP, Rear 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, & White tampos, HW logo, "Fahrvergnügen", & "Phils VW Performance Parts" on sides. HW 30th Anniv tampo on the rear wing Unpainted
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Metal
Clear Orange Front RL5SP, Rear 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 Jiffy Lube Exclusive Yellow Red & Black tampos on sides with "13" & racing deco Unpainted
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Metal
Red Tint Black Front RL5SP, Rear 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 Yellow & Orange "Fish-O-Saurus", Blue "Van-de-Kamp's" tampos. Pink Surfboard w/ Blue "Van-de-Kamp's" tampo Unpainted
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Metal
Clear Red Front RL5SP, Rear 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 & Black Gold, Black & White "HW 30 years", Interactive" Unpainted
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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
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Metal
Gold 5SP 22326 VW Bus - 99 Malleco
N/A 2001 Liberty Promotions for Penske Auto Center Red Unpainted
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Metal
Front RL5SP, Rear 10DOT VW Drag Bus Penske Prototype
N/A 2001 Liberty Promotions for Penske Auto Center Red Unpainted
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Metal
Front RL5SP, Rear 10DOT 54946 VW Bus - 01 Red Penske
2001 Liberty Promotions for Penske Auto Center Black Silver & Red tampos on sides with "PENSKE AUTO CENTER" Unpainted
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Metal
Black Tint Red Front: Goodyear PC6
Rear: 10DOT
54946 Four colors were released:
One in Red, Dark Red, Silver & Black
VW Drag Bus Penske
2001 Liberty Promotions for Penske Auto Center Silver Black & White tampos on sides with "PENSKE AUTO CENTER" Unpainted
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Metal
Black Tint Front: Chrome Good Year RR5SP
Rear: 10DOT
54946 Four colors were released: One in Red, Dark Red, Silver & Black VW Drag Bus Penske Silver
1
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25
2002 HWC.com 1 Chrome Flying Customs graphics Red line CDDRR 85506 VW Bus - 02 HWC S1 - 1
17
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25
2002 HWC.com 1 Chrome Red & Black pin stripping, 2002 Nationals Convention logo Red line CDDRR 85522 VW Bus - 02 HWC S1 - 17
18
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25
2002 HWC.com 1 Spectraflame Orange Graphics dedicated to Phil Riehlman w/ Nationals logo Red line CDDRR 85505 2,000 produced VW Bus - 02 HWC S1 - 18a
18
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25
2002 HWC.com 1 Spectraflame Orange Graphics dedicated to Phil Riehlman w/o Nationals logo Red line CDDRR 85505 2,712 produced 75px
19
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2002 HWC.com 1 Spectraflame Blue Graphics dedicated to Phil Riehlman Red line CDDRR 85504 VW Bus - 02 HWC S1 - 19
N/A 2003 General Mills
Wheaties Promotion
Light Blue "Hot Wheels" & "Wheaties" on sides & top Chrome
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Metal
Blue Tint Orange Front 5SP BLING Rear Chrome 10DOT China Mail-in promo
Also found in General Mill's Salute to Richard Petty 18-Car Set
HW VW Drag Bus Wheaties
N/A 2003 General Mills
Lucky Charms Promotion
Orange "Hot Wheels" & "Lucky Charms" on sides & top over small white flames Chrome
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Metal
Clear Yellow Front 5SP BLING Rear 10DOT China

Mail-in promo
Also found in General Mill's Salute to Richard Petty 18-Car Set

HW VW Drag Bus Lucky Charms
N/A 2003 100% Preferred TRU Mail-in Orange & White Orange Scallop tampos on side RR5SP B2257 TRU Mail-In Promo VWBusOrangeLS
N/A 2003 100% Preferred TRU Mail-in Aqua & White RR5SP TRU Mail-In Promo 2003 Hot Wheels Preferred Drag Bus
2003 HWC.com 2: Flying Customs
1/4
Black RR5SP B2200 VW Bus - 2003 HWC Series 2 - FC
2004 HWC.com 3: Real Riders
6/6
Spectraflame Blue Real Riders graphics Goodyear RR5SP C6044 VW Bus - 2004 HWC Series 3
4/6 2005 HWC.com 4 Spectraflame Purple Redline RR5SP 2005hwcrealriders VW Bus
133
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187
2005 Treasure Hunts
13/12
Black Orange, Yellow & Blue tampos, Flames, "Hot Wheels" logo, 10th Anniversary "Treasure Hunt" logo & "1995-2005" Unpainted
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Metal
Redline RR5SP VW Bus - 05TH
2005 RLC Thank You Spectraflame Chrome & 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 & Snake Drag Race Set White & Red Mongoose Racing Scheme 5SP VW Bus - 2005 S&M Playset - Mongoose
6/6 2006 HWC.com 5 Spectraflame Aqua & Flat White Ghosted tribal flames Chrome
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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 Car
5/5
Chrome & Black Red & Black tampos RR5SP VW Bus - 2006 Mystery
1/6 2007 HWC.com 6 Spectraflame Orange Black graphic on side, Ghost flames on side Chrome
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Metal
Tinted Black Goodyear RR5SP L2091 China VW Bus - HWC S6 RRs
N/A 2007 Japan Custom Car Show Black Blue Tribal Flames, Phils Speed Shop, Volkswagen, Blue Wing Redline RR5SP Image Not Available
N/A 2007 Japan Custom Car Show 2-Car Set Matte Black Yellow Tribal Flames, Phils Speed Shop, Volkswagen, Copper Wing Redline RR5SP A88
1/6 2008 HWC.com 7 Spectraflame Yellow Red Packaging Design on Side, 40th Anniversary Logo, Redline Club logo Chrome
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Metal
Redline RR5SP L8688 VW Bus - HWC S7 RRs
2008 22nd Collectors Convention Spectraflame Blue Black, Purple, & Light Blue flames on sides & top, convention logo on top Metal Chrome RR5SP L8737 Thailand 3000 Produced 2008 22nd Annual Collectors Convention Volkswagen Drag Bus official
2008 40 Years of Hot Wheels Set Matte Blue Black, Silver & White tampos with "Fahrvergnügen" & Hot Wheels logo on sides Unpainted
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Metal
Front: 5SP
Rear: 10DOT
M0543 China Z1 003
2008 Since '68: Top 40 Metalflake Dark Green Silver, Green, Light Green & Yellow flames on sides & top, "Hot Wheels" logo on sides Unpainted
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Metal
Clear Gray Front: Red line 5SP
Rear: Red line 10DOT
M1548 Thailand Base Code(s): VW Bus - 08 Since 68
2008 Mexico Commemorative Edition Spectraflame Copper Red & Yellow flames, headlights, Black Roof, HW logo 5SP P3112 VW Bus - 2008 Mexico Convention
1/4 2009 RLC Membership Car Spectraflame Smoke & White Police Graphics Chrome
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Metal
RL P2127 China 4,000 produced 2009rlcmembership Police Bus
2/4 2009 RLC Membership Car Spectraflame Red Fire Department graphics Chrome
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Metal
Clear Black RL P2128 China 5,000 produced 2009rlcmembership Fire Bus
3/4 2009 RLC Membership Car Spectraflame Olive & Black Military Police tampos Chrome
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Metal
Green RL P2129 China 6,000 peoduced 2009rlcmembership Military Bus
4/4 2009 RLC Membership Car Spectraflame Yellow & Black Taxi tampo Chrome
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Metal
RL P2130 China 7,000 produced 2009rlcmembership Taxi Bus
1/4 2009 23rd Annual Collectors Convention White & Blue Blue flames on sides & top Unpainted
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Metal
Clear Chrome RR5SP P2195 Thailand 3,000 produced Hw09convbus
2009 Employee Holiday Release Chrome Silver Flames Unpainted
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Metal
Tinted (Red) White tyres, Red chrome RR5SP P9116 Thailand Volkswagen Drag Bus EHC
2010 3rd Annual Brazil Convention Pearl White, Green & Pearl Yellow Green, Yellow & White flames, "Brazil Convention 2010" Chrome
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Metal
Tinted White Green Chrome RR5SP R8457 Thailand 5000 produced VWDragBus Brazil10
N/A 2010 Japan Custom Car Show White & Black Red Stripe on Side, Yellow Flames on Top, Silver Flames on Side Redline RR5SP 1,500 Produced 2010 Japan Custom Car Show VW Drag Bus
N/A 2010 Japan Custom Car Show Silver & Black Red Stripe on Side, Yellow Flames on Top, Silver Flames on Side Redline RR5SP 500 Produced 2010 Hot Wheels Japan Custom Car show grey Drag Bus
2013 Hot Wheels Convencion Mexico Green Flames on sides & Seller Exclusive 2013 Chrome
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Metal
Green Rim RR5SP 50 produced IMG 1699
4/4 2013 HWC Gulf Racing Spectraflame Light Blue & Orange Gulf Logos Chrome
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Metal
Firestone RR5SP VW Drag Bus GULF
4 2013 Collector Edition Spectraflame Magenta Matte Black Top, White Stripe on Top, Silver Flames, Hot Wheels Logo & '4' Unpainted
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Metal
Redline RR5SP & DDRR 20140223 144857
2/4 2013 27th Collectors Convention Blue Dark Blue, Blue & White flames on sides & roof, convention logo on spoiler/roof Y0598 4000 Produced 27th-Convention-Volkswagen-Drag-Bus
2015 Pop Culture M&M Mars Yellow w/ Brown Roof “M&M’s” logo & M&M’s candy deco on sides. Unpainted
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Metal
Tan Clear RR5SP BDR64 Thailand Base Code(s): G46 HW-Mars M&M's-Volkswagen Drag Bus-M&M's
2016 HWC.com 14: Neo Classics Spectraflame Purple Yellow & Orange Flames Chrome
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Metal
RL DTH33 China Base Code(s): DTH33 (1)
1/4 2017 31st Annual Collectors Convention Pink & Purple Yellow, Pink & Blue flames all over, "31st Annual Collectors Convention" on rear wing Unpainted
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Metal
Clear Redline RR5SP 2,800 Produced 2017 31st Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Convention VW Drag Bus
1 2017 MEA Dinner Dance Black & Zamac multiple textured feather-like decals, "Mattel Masquerade 2017" on roof Unpainted
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Metal
Clear Grey Gold RR5SP FCM85 Thailand Rumors said a production run of 300 pieces
Base Code: K37
Vwdinnerdance
2/3 2019 19th Annual Hot Wheels Nationals Convention White, Blue & Orange 'Union 76' & '76' Logos, Sponsors Logos Unpainted
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Metal
Clear Orange Goodyear RR5SP Base Code(s): 2019 - 19th Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals VW Drag Bus
2019 Red Line Club Spectraflame steel blue Hot Wheels logo, candy canes, & snow on sides; "Happy Holidays" message on top Chrome
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Metal
Clear Gold White wall, Gold RL Base Code(s): Hot Wheels RLC Exclusive Holiday Drag Bus

Modified Versions

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
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Metal
Tinted (Red) None 5SP W5926 Thailand Base code(s): E18 Volkswagen Drag Bus-2012 Light Speeders
2014 Color Shifters Green (cold) /  White (warm) Green flames, White stripes & HW logo on sides Unpainted
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Metal
Tinted (Red) None OH5 BHR40 Thailand Base code(s): F44, G12 Volkswagen Drag Bus-2014 Color Shifters (Cold)

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