Saturday, January 8, 2011

Rare Driving School Training Model

Here we have a very rare pre-war driving school training model. It is one of the oldest if not the first VVR 140 model truck built by Verkehrs Verlag Remagen of Germany. These fantastic models were built to offer the new driver much information on the operation of a vehicle by displaying all the inner workings of the motor, tranmission, brake, steering and electrical system. The student also learned basic repair skills as part of their training.

VVR built many different types of truck and car models.  There are other 140 truck versions that were built in later years but this model is the largest and most impresive of the series. I had the pleasure of collecting several type cars and trucks acquired from a well known collector in Europe. Later I will add a few pictures of some of those models but for now I want to focus on this special model.

This truck comes on its own display table with legs that fold underneath. It also has a builders badge indicating this truck as #93 of only 316 pre-war VVR140 Trucks built. How many of the other versions were built? Not sure but the numbers are low. I believe some shools acquired at least one model car and or truck. As schools flourished  in Europe these models became part of their basic training curriculum.

I know of only 2 other trucks like this one. One in Europe and one at the DFW Elite Toy Museum. For further information on VVR, Hohm, or Degener models please visit the DFW Museum, link below.

They have the most extensive and amazing training school model displays in the U.S. along with many other rare toy cars and trucks. A true delight for any model car collector.

1 comment:

  1. Its Amazing looks..interior of vehicle i will ride this..
    ny defensive driving