Beach Bomb

Produced: 1969

Designer: Ira Gilford

The Volkswagen Beach Bomb has removable surfboards mounted on the sides, and the casting can be found with a dark brown or white interior.

The Volkswagen Beach Bomb is in the top of most valuable redline castings .

It is only beaten by its unreleased predecessor, the Rear-Loading Beach Bomb Prototype. It had a very small factory test production of an estimated 200. The Rear-Loading Beach Bomb was not mass-produced and shipped to stores because its’ high center of gravity made it tip off the track. On top of that they were too narrow for the Supercharger to grab its sides to propel the casting.

Spectraflame Blue
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Spectraflame Purple
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Spectraflame Red
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Spectraflame Pink
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Spectraflame Green
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Spectraflame Green
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Spectraflame Apple Green
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Spectraflame Olive Green
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Spectraflame Dark Blue
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Spectraflame Blue
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Spectraflame Aqua
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Spectraflame Brown
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Spectraflame Purple
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Spectraflame Copper
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Spectraflame Red
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Spectraflame Antifreeze
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Non-Reproduction Prototype Rear-Loader Versions

These had bases that were stamped Hong Kong, like mostly every redline car produced during the time period. But…these were never widespread released into the stores.  A small amount were given to kids as a testing group. When the tipping over problem and the issues with the Supercharger came across, the designers stopped production immediately and went back to the drawing board to redesign the Beach Bomb. 

There are about 40 verified versions of these known to be in collector’s hands.

ColorSpectraflame Green
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Non-Reproduction Prototype Rear-Loader Version
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Non-Reproduction Prototype Rear-Loader Version

ColorSpectraflame Antifreeze
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Non-Reproduction Prototype Rear-Loader Version
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Non-Reproduction Prototype Rear-Loader Version
ColorSpectraflame Purple
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Non-Reproduction Prototype Rear-Loader Version

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ColorSpectraflame Gold
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Non-Reproduction Prototype Rear-Loader Version
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Non-Reproduction Prototype Rear-Loader Version

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ColorSpectraflame Light Blue
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ColorSpectraflame Hot Pink
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Non-Reproduction Prototype Rear-Loader Version
ColorSpectraflame Dark Red
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Non-Reproduction Prototype Rear-Loader Version

Non-Reproduction Transitional Versions

These prototypes were kept within Mattel’s design department, and were only used for developing the side-loading Beach Bomb.

As of 2015, only five are known to exist: one antifreeze, one blue, and three unpainted. A different blue transitional prototype is shown in the 1969 International Collectors Catalog, however this model has yet to be found.