1966 Volkswagen Beetle VW BUG

Even in this age of sophistication, the popularity of the Volkswagen "Beetle" has not diminished. The original design dates back to the 1930's when Dr. Ferdinand Porsche provided the design framework for the "People's Car."

Today, with more than 20 million units produced, the Volkswagen Beetle has become a symbol of mass-produced motorization, with no other vehicle exceeding this figure. Built upon the sturdy platform chassis is the amazingly reliable air cooled, flat-four cylinder engine. Suspension is four wheel independent for crisp handling and driving comfort. Although the onset of the Second World War greatly hindered Volkswagen's marketing opportunities, it made a superb comeback shortly following the conflict, under the skillful guidance of Heinrich Nordhoff. Throughout its production life, the Volkswagen was continuously improved to meet modern automobile standards. An enlarged powerplant displacement and better visibility are two of the notable changes that enabled the Beetle to set standards for the compact car market, decade after decade.

The 1966 Volkswagen model is regarded as the classic Beetle, one that retains the most of the original design traits, and it has become a collector's item. Even today, more than half a century later, watching a nimble street bug is still a pleasant sight to behold, and its unmistakable shape will likely delight generations to come.

Tamiya 1966 Volkswagen Beetle VW BUG Plastic Model Car Kit 1/24 Scale #24136
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Specifications :
  • Length: 6-1/4" (15.4cm)
  • Width: 2-1/2" (6.4cm)
  • Height: 2" (5.1cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 24136
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"Volkswagon Beetle. Great product"
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  • Complete engine bay detailing.
  • Accurately reproduced exterior and interior
  • Openable front hood and rear engine lid.
  • Chrome bumbers.


  • Length: 6-1/4" (15.4cm)
  • Width: 2-1/2" (6.4cm)
  • Height: 2" (5.1cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 24136


1/24 '66 Volkswagen Beetle

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"What a great kit"
I haven't built a kit that has gone together as easy as this one. Flash is rare on this kit. I did a little rust and weathering on mine and it has won a couple of awards at some shows I've been to. The steering works and is a nice touch. Tamiya did great with this kit and it is one of their cheaper ones so if you haven't tried a Tamiya kit this is a great place to start.

"VW Beetle"
kshoopman (Chiefs Kingdom)
This was my first Tamiya kit I have built and will say that I'm very impressed with the quality. Instructions and paint guide were easy to follow. There's is a lot of very small parts but hey, it is a very small car. I'm afraid the tie bar is way to weak and will break if you try to turn the front wheels to often. The only other issue I had is mating the body to the chassis, after several test attempts I still was not able to seat hood hinges together for an opening hood. Now if only Tamiya would start producing American muscle cars as I'm not really interested in there present offerings, but I'm sure I'm in the minority there. Again though, fantastic quality from Tamiya.

"Good model."
securesix (New Hampshire)
I have been modeling for over 40 years and this is the first one I have done by this manufacturer. The detail is outstanding. There are many small parts to deal with which takes a lot of patience. At times, the instruction sheet is confusing and I had some trouble matching the body to the frame assembly. Overall, a great model and I would definately recommend this to anyone.


  • Keep small parts and sharp edges away from children ages 3 and under.
  • Care should always be taken when using tools and modeling knives.

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