Volkswagen Drag Bus
Debut Series First Editions
Produced 1996 - Present
Designer Phil Riehlman
Number 14912
Volkswagon.drag.bus.14912.a-l.jpg



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 RL5SP & 10DOT 14912 China Volkswagon.drag.bus.14912.a-l.jpg
1996 Employee Holiday Releases White 'Seasons Greetings' & Santa Claus on side Unpainted
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Metal
Clear RL5SP & 10DOT China Empxmas.jpg
1996 JC Whitney Exclusive White, Silver & Red 'JC Whitney Warshawsky' on side Unpainted
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Metal
Clear RL5SP & 10DOT 16956 China IMG 0399.jpg
N/A 1997 Liberty Promotions for
All Tune & Lube
Black Flames cover both sides Unpainted
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Metal
Red Tint Yellow RL5SP & 10DOT 18665 China This was the first VW Drag Bus produced by Liberty Promotions working with Mattel. VW Bus - 97 All Tune & Lube.JPG
1997 Internet Promo #1 Orange Hot Wheels Drag Bus 1997 Internet I.jpg
1998 Blue Angels Light Blue US Navy F-18 Yellow RL5SP & 10DOT 19690 Hot Wheels Drag Bus 1998 Blue Angels.jpg
1998 Thunderbirds Blue 21298 Hot Wheels Drag Bus 1998 Thunderbirds.jpg
N/A 1998 Custom Car Designer Pearl White none Unpainted
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Metal
Clear Red RL5SP & 10DOT 19048 China Came with the Custom Car Designer CD-ROM VW Bus - 98 Custom Car Designer.JPG
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 RL5SP & 10DOT China The only difference from the 1996 issue VW Bus is the "Hot Wheels" tampo on the rear wing VW Bus - 30th Anniversary.jpg
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 RL5SP & 10DOT 20961 China This was the 2nd VW Drag Bus produced by Liberty Promotions working with Mattel VW Bus - 98 Jiffy Lube.JPG
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
/
Metal
Clear Red RL5SP & 10DOT 18585 China Packaged on Special Edition (50K) "Fish-O-Saurus" card;
Mail-order only
VW Bus - 98 Van de Kamps.JPG
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 RL5SP & 10DOT 20774 China Came packaged with the Interactive Collectors Guide CD-ROM VW Bus - 98 Interactive Collectors Guide.JPG
1999 Navy SEALs 5SP & 10DOT 22268 Hot Wheels Drag Bus 1999 Navy SEALs.jpg
1999 Golden Knights Golden Knights.jpg
1999 Internet Promo #2 Hot Wheels Drag Bus 1997 Internet II.jpg
1999 Internet Promo #3 Hot Wheels Drag Bus 1997 Internet III.jpg
N/A 1999 Malleco Tower Cranes Promotion Dark Red Unpainted
/
Metal
Gold 5SP & 10DOT 22326 VW Bus - 99 Malleco.jpg
N/A 2001 Liberty Promotions for Penske Auto Center Red Unpainted
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Metal
RL5SP & 10DOT VW Drag Bus Penske Prototype.jpg
N/A 2001 Liberty Promotions for Penske Auto Center Red Unpainted
/
Metal
RL5SP & 10DOT 54946 VW Bus - 01 Red Penske.jpg
2001 Liberty Promotions for Penske Auto Center Black Silver & Red tampos on sides with "PENSKE AUTO CENTER" Unpainted
/
Metal
Black Tint Red Goodyear PC6 & 10DOT 54946 VW Drag Bus Penske.jpg
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 GoodYear RR5SP & 10DOT 54946 VW Drag Bus Penske Silver.jpg
2001 15th Convention Hot Wheels Drag Bus 2001 15th Convention.jpg
2001 15th Convention Hot Wheels Drag Bus 2001 15th Convention1.jpg
17
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25
2002 Hot Wheels Nationals Chrome Red & Black pin stripping, 2002 Nationals Convention logo Red line CDDRR 85522 VW Bus - 02 HWC S1 - 17.jpg
1
/
25
2002 HWC.com 1 Chrome Flying Customs graphics Red line CDDRR 85506 VW Bus - 02 HWC S1 - 1.jpg
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.jpg
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 Hot Wheels Drag Bus 2002 Nationals Convention Dinner Car no sticker.jpg
19
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25
2002 HWC.com 1 Spectraflame Blue Graphics dedicated to Phil Riehlman Red line CDDRR 85504 VW Bus - 02 HWC S1 - 19.jpg
2002 Decades Decades.jpg
2002 The Midwest Air Cooled Enthusiasts Club White/Yellow M.A.C.E Logo In Black BA001 25000 Produced By Mattel For Club
N/A 2003 100% Preferred TRU Mail-in Orange & White Orange Scallop tampos on side RR5SP B2257 TRU Mail-In Promo VWBusOrangeLS.jpg
N/A 2003 100% Preferred TRU Mail-in Aqua & White RR5SP TRU Mail-In Promo 2003 Hot Wheels Preferred Drag Bus.jpg
2003 HWC.com 2: Flying Customs
1/4
Black RR5SP B2200 12,500 produced VW Bus - 2003 HWC Series 2 - FC.jpg
2003 Flying Customs 17th Collectors Convention Drag Bus charity close.jpg
2003 Hall Of Fame Hot Wheels Drag Bus 2003 Hall Of Fame.jpg
N/A 2004 General Mills
Wheaties Promotion
Light Blue "Hot Wheels" & "Wheaties" on sides & top Chrome
/
Metal
Blue Tint Orange 5SP BLING & Rear Chrome 10DOT China Mail-in promo
Also found in General Mills Salute to Richard Petty
HW VW Drag Bus Wheaties.jpg
N/A 2004 General Mills
Lucky Charms Promotion
Orange "Hot Wheels" & "Lucky Charms" on sides & top over small white flames Chrome
/
Metal
Clear Yellow RL5SP & 10DOT China Mail-in promo
Also found in General Mills Salute to Richard Petty
HW VW Drag Bus Lucky Charms.jpg
2004 HWC.com 3: Real Riders
6/6
Spectraflame Blue Real Riders graphics Goodyear RR5SP C6044 VW Bus - 2004 HWC Series 3.jpg
4/6 2005 HWC.com 4 Spectraflame Purple Redline RR5SP 2005hwcrealriders VW Bus.jpg
133
/
187
2005 Treasure Hunts
13/12
Black Orange, Yellow & Blue tampos, Flames, "Hot Wheels" logo, 10th Anniversary "Treasure Hunt" logo & "1995-2005" Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Black) Black Redline RR5SP Named Customized VW Drag Bus VW Bus - 05TH.jpg
2005 RLC Thank You Spectraflame Chrome & Spectraflame Red Redline RR5SP J4233 14,472 produced VW Bus - 2005 RLC Thank You.jpg
2005 Mongoose & Snake Drag Race Set White & Yellow Snake racing scheme 5SP VW Bus - 2005 S&M Playset - Snake.jpg
2005 Mongoose & Snake Drag Race Set White & Red Mongoose Racing Scheme 5SP VW Bus - 2005 S&M Playset - Mongoose.jpg
6/6 2006 HWC.com 5 Spectraflame Aqua & Flat White Ghosted tribal flames Chrome
/
Metal
B.F. Goodrich RR5SP C6044 VW Bus - HWC S5 RRs.jpg
2006 RLC Thank You Spectraflame Red Redline RR5SP K6448 13,775 produced VW Bus - 2006 RLC Thank You.jpg
223 2006 Mystery Car
5/5
Chrome & Black Red & Black tampos RR5SP VW Bus - 2006 Mystery.jpg
2006 Liberty Promotion Halloween Chrome & Black Halloween Decals, Frankenstein Chrome
/
Metal
Tinted RR5SP & PC5 Code 3 car Liberty Promo VW Bus1.JPG
1/6 2007 HWC.com 6 Spectraflame Orange Black graphic on side, Ghost flames on side Chrome
/
Metal
Tinted Black Goodyear RR5SP L2091 China VW Bus - HWC S6 RRs.jpg
N/A 2007 Japan Custom Car Show Black Blue Tribal Flames, Phils Speed Shop, Volkswagen, Blue Wing Redline RR5SP 2007 Custom Car Show Osaka Japan Volkswagen Drag Bus.JPG
N/A 2007 Japan Custom Car Show 2-Car Set Matte Black Yellow Tribal Flames, Phils Speed Shop, Volkswagen, Copper Wing Redline RR5SP A88.JPG
1/6 2008 HWC.com 7 Spectraflame Yellow Red Packaging Design on Side, 40th Anniversary Logo, Redline Club logo Chrome
/
Metal
Redline RR5SP L8688 Base code(s): VW Bus - HWC S7 RRs.jpg
2008 22nd Collectors Convention Spectraflame Blue Black, Purple, & Light Blue flames on sides & top, convention logo on top Metal Chrome RR5SP L8737 Thailand 3,000 produced
Base code(s):
2008 22nd Annual Collectors Convention Volkswagen Drag Bus official.jpg
2008 40 Years of Hot Wheels Set Matte Blue Black, Silver & White tampos, "Fahrvergnügen" & Hot Wheels logo on sides Unpainted
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Metal
RL5SP & 10DOT M0543 China Base code(s): Z1 003.jpg
2008 Since '68: Top 40 Set N4608 Base code(s): Hot Wheels Drag Bus 2008 Top 40.jpg
2008 Since '68: Top 40 Metalflake Dark Green Silver, Green, Light Green & Yellow flames on sides & top, "Hot Wheels" logo on sides Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear Gray Red line 5SP & Red line 10DOT M1548 Thailand Base code(s): VW Bus - 08 Since 68.jpg
2008 Mexico Commemorative Edition Spectraflame Copper Red & Yellow flames, headlights, Black Roof, HW logo 5SP P3112 Base code(s): VW Bus - 2008 Mexico Convention.jpg
2008 Redline Poker Club Base code(s): Hot Wheels Drag Bus 2008 Redline Poker Club.jpg
1/4 2009 RLC Membership Car Spectraflame Smoke & White Police Graphics Chrome
/
Metal
RL P2127 China 4,000 produced
Base code(s):
2009rlcmembership Police Bus.jpg
2/4 2009 RLC Membership Car Spectraflame Red Fire Department graphics Chrome
/
Metal
Clear Black RL P2128 China 5,000 produced
Base code(s):
2009rlcmembership Fire Bus.jpg
3/4 2009 RLC Membership Car Spectraflame Olive & Black Military Police tampos Chrome
/
Metal
Green RL P2129 China 6,000 produced
Base code(s):
2009rlcmembership Military Bus.jpg
4/4 2009 RLC Membership Car Spectraflame Yellow & Black Taxi tampo Chrome
/
Metal
RL P2130 China 7,000 produced
Base code(s):
2009rlcmembership Taxi Bus.jpg
1/4 2009 23rd Annual Collectors Convention White & Blue Blue flames on sides & top Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear Chrome RR5SP P2195 Thailand 3,000 produced
Base code(s):
Hw09convbus.jpg
2009 Employee Holiday Release Chrome Silver Flames Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Red) White tyres, Red chrome RR5SP P9116 Thailand Base code(s): Volkswagen Drag Bus EHC.jpg
2010 24th Nationals Convention Base code(s): Hot Wheels Drag Bus 2010 24th Nationals Convention.jpg
2010 3rd Annual Brazil Convention Pearl White, Green & Pearl Yellow Green, Yellow & White flames, "Brazil Convention 2010" Chrome
/
Metal
Tinted White Green Chrome RR5SP R8457 Thailand 5,000 produced
Base code(s):
VWDragBus Brazil10.JPG
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
Base code(s): C13
2010 Japan Custom Car Show VW Drag Bus.JPG
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
Base code(s):
2010 Hot Wheels Japan Custom Car show grey Drag Bus.jpg
2010 Dream Halloween Base code(s): Hot Wheels Drag Bus 2010 Dream Halloween.jpg
05/06 2011 Hot Wheels Garage: Volkswagen Black Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear Black Red WWRR5SP Malaysia Base code(s): Garage0013 (1).jpg
2011 LA Convention Base code(s): Hot Wheels Drag Bus 2011 LA Convention.jpg
2011 11th Nationals Base code(s): Hot Wheels Drag Bus 2011 11th Nationals.jpg
2011 25th Convention Base code(s): Hot Wheels Drag Bus 2011 25th Nationals Convention Ticket Car.jpg
2012 RLC Subscription Base code(s): Hot Wheels Drag Bus 2012 RLC Subscription.jpg
2012 Mexico Convention Base code(s): Hot Wheels Drag Bus 2012 Mexico Convention.jpg
2012 26th Convention Base code(s): Hot Wheels Drag Bus 2012 26th Nationals Convention.jpg
2012 Japan Convention Facing left Hot Wheels Drag Bus 2012 Japan Convention left.jpg
2012 Japan Convention Facing right Hot Wheels Drag Bus 2012 Japan Convention right.jpg
2013 Hot Wheels Convencion Mexico Green Flames on sides & Seller Exclusive 2013 Chrome
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Metal
Green Rim RR5SP 50 produced
Base code(s):
IMG 1699.jpg
2013 13h Nationals Base code(s): Hot Wheels Drag Bus 2013 13th Nationals.jpg
4/4 2013 HWC Gulf Racing Spectraflame Light Blue & Orange Gulf Logos Chrome
/
Metal
Firestone RR5SP Base code(s): 2014 RLC Gulf Racing Drag Bus.JPG
4 2013 Collector Edition Spectraflame Magenta Matte Black Top, White Stripe on Top, Silver Flames, Hot Wheels Logo & '4' Unpainted
/
Metal
Redline RR5SP & DDRR Base code(s): 20140223 144857.jpg
2/4 2013 27th Collectors Convention Blue Dark Blue, Blue & White flames on sides & roof, convention logo on spoiler & roof Y0598 4,000 produced
Base code(s):
27th-Convention-Volkswagen-Drag-Bus.jpg
2014 28th Collectors Base code(s): Hot Wheels Drag Bus 2014 28th Nationals Convention.jpg
2015 Pop Culture: M&M Mars Yellow & Brown Roof “M&M’s” logo & M&M’s candy deco on sides. Unpainted
/
Metal
Tan Clear RR5SP BDR64 Thailand Base code(s): G46 HW-Mars M&M's-Volkswagen Drag Bus-M&M's.jpg
2016 HWC.com 14: Neo Classics Spectraflame Purple Yellow & Orange Flames Chrome
/
Metal
RL DTH33 China Base code(s): DTH33 (1).jpg
2016 16th Nationals Base code(s): Hot Wheels Drag Bus 2016 16th Nationals.jpg
1/4 2017 31st Annual Collectors Convention Pink & Purple Yellow, Pink & Blue flames all over, "31st Annual Collectors Convention" on rear wing Unpainted
/
Metal
Clear Redline RR5SP 2,800 produced
Base code(s):
2017 31st Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Convention VW Drag Bus.jpg
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 300 produced Base code(s): K37 Vwdinnerdance.jpg
2019 19th Annual Hot Wheels Nationals Convention
2/3
White, Blue & Orange 'Union 76' & '76' Logos, Sponsors Logos Chrome
/
Metal
Clear Orange Goodyear RR5SP China 5,000 produced 2019 - 19th Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals VW Drag Bus.jpg
2019 RLC Exclusive Spectraflame Steel Blue Hot Wheels logo, candy canes, & snow on sides; "Happy Holidays" message on top Chrome
/
Metal
Clear Gold White wall, Gold RL China Hot Wheels RLC Exclusive Holiday Drag Bus.png
4/5 2020 Pop Culture: Rick and Morty Silver Rick and Morty Art on sides Unpainted
/
Metal
Tinted (Smoke) Blue Grey RR5SP GJR19 Thailand Plastic (chrome) engine & pipe
Base code(s): N23, N24
Rick&Morty VW Drag Bus 1.jpg
2021 RLC Exclusive Spectraflame Pink & White "The Candy Striper Type II" and sponsors on sides, White upper section with pink pinstripes, detailed exterior Chrome
/
Metal
Tinted (Smoke) White Pink tire line, Chrome RR5SP GLH95 China 20,000 produced Candy Striper Volkswagen Drag Bus.jpg
2021 21st Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals
3/3
Metalflake Silver Black roof with "25 Years of Phil Riehlman's Volkswagen Drag Bus 1996-2021", Hot Wheels logo, "25 1996-2021" & Nationals info on sides, detailed engine Black
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Metal
Tinted (Smoke) Grey Red tire line, BlackRR5SP GXJ05 China 4,000 produced 21st Nationals Volkswagen Drag Bus.jpg

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.jpg
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).jpg
2021 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): Hot Wheels 2021 Drag Bus Color Shifters.jpg

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