1966 at the Farmers Market toy store in Los Angeles. I tried it about and then put it away for another 50 years basically.
It would do left and right turns and forward. I don't remember if it would do reverse or if the fan turned in the back. I did not store this with the batteries inside so there is no leakage issue.
This has never been repaired or modified. I see some others listed on here that look like they are not completely original. I only want to sell this one time.It's an antique so using this as a modern toy will fail. Take a look at the other sellers of these closely. I do not think they are 100 percent correct and authentic. Looks like mismatched parts and repaints. I don't know but many just look suspicious. The controllers look like modern replacements and the cord does not match on others I see listed. The vintage toy collector world has a lot of unscrupulous traders from what I can see.
I get many offers for ten bucks for this. I think I paid over 6 or 7. It was expensive because regular department stores did not carry it.
That would be a waste of time on my part. The item "Vintage car volkswagen tin battery made in japan japanese minty old toy antique" is in sale since Thursday, December 27, 2012.This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Vintage & Antique Toys\Other Vintage & Antique Toys". The seller is "db727cooper" and is located in Los Angeles, California. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Barbados, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, Iceland, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Macao, Paraguay, Uruguay, South africa.