A History of Siku Model Cars - Part III: Metal all the way!

The next big change for Sieper Werke began in 1974. All the administration had always been done by hand but now became automated. It was found better to keep track of production numbers, offset and price ranges this way. The Ludenscheid factory was updated with new automatic paint installations (all metal V series are spray-painted by hand!). By 1975 Sieper Werke introduced their new models which were now categorized based on the new 4-digit price system. This is the start of the so-called ‘Super Series’ also known as ‘1000’s Series’.

1010 - Porsche 911 Targa1011 - BMW 2000 CS1014 - Citroen DS 21 The four digits of the identification numbers are composed of two sets of two digits: two for the price range the model is in, and two for the model number. I.e. model number 11 in price range 13 would be 1311. Sieper Werke uses the following price ranges based on production costs (‘Club Series’ are not discussed here!):

08 - Convertibles or Cabriolets
10 - Regular passenger cars
13 - Cars with plastic accessories (police cars etc.) and small vans
14 - Cars with special print
16 - Small vans with plastic accessories, ambulances and small trucks
17 - Small truck, tractors and forklifts
19 - Medium vans, cars with trailers
20 - Large vans
22 - Larger models with trailers, small excavators
25/26 - loaders, medium size trucks, small trucks with trailers
28/29 - medium size trucks, military equipment
31 - Trucks with trailers or semi-trailers, medium excavators
34/35 - Trucks with heavy load, heavy excavators, airport fire engines
37/38 - Heavy trucks with accessories
39 - Heavy trucks with other models on trailers (cranes, excavators etc.)
40 - Heavy trucks with multiple plastic accessories
41 - Large metal cranes

1017 - Mercedes 280 SL1018 - Opel GT 19001024 - Lamborghini Espada 400 GT Sieper Werke decided to change the scale of their models from 1:60 to 1:55 to incorporate more details. The first models in the new series were old ‘V series’ casts, which received a new identification number. All new casts were in 1:55 scale, in which they still are today with the exception of the ‘Club Series’ models introduced in 1990 and marketed as ‘Super Series’ since 1993.

But the scale was not the only thing that changed; Siku models became more and more recognizable due to the new plastic wheels with white 5-spoke and later wire print and the new box types they came in. Also the company introduced their first official trademarked logo: the Siku name in a white disc surrounded by three colored rings. The first passenger cars were offered in cardboard boxes, while the larger models like vans and trucks were packaged in cardboard boxes with clear plastic windows. By 1979 all the passenger car models were packaged in the blister packages which are still in use today.

1032 - VW 1811039 - VW Golf I Cabriolet1041 - Audi 200 5T In 1986 part of the Ludenscheid factory was rebuilt, as a result of a large fire, and updated with the latest technology. All the models were still produced here until 1990 when the ‘Club Series’ of 75mm models were introduced. The production of the ‘Club Series’ as well as the passenger cars in the ‘Super Series’ was gradually moved to the new Hong Kong based factory. All the larger models are still produced in Ludenscheid, Germany. Sieper Werke is still owned by the Sieper family and has been a family business since the 1920’s.

Sieper Werke used their philosophy "Kids want to play with what their parents drive" in the ‘Super Series’ and produced many popular German cars like the VW Beetle, Golf, Passat and Transporter, the Opel Kadett and Senator, the Porsche 911 and 928 and many Mercedes Benz models. Besides these German hits there were also some less popular cars done like the Lamborghini Espada 400 GT and the Alfa Romeo Montreal. And for those interested in heavy material there is also wide variety of trucks, tractors and excavation equipment available (their Faun heavy crane is still in production after 24 years!).

1048 - Ford Escort GL1051 - Chevrolet Camaro Z 281055 - Chevrolet Corvette As far as variations go there are various window colors in the models of the 80’s. The print on the wheels is either the early 5-spoke print (white or silver) or the later wire print (white). Both are known in several width sizes. In 1990 all the wheel types were replaced with the new alloy-style ones which have two variations: regular or Mercedes Benz. The trucks also switched from print to alloy-style plastic and are outfitted with rubber tires since 1999.

A rare variation is the Porsche 911 Turbo Siku produced as an answer the color changing Hot Wheels. This model is bright orange when cold and pink when warm. Although Sieper Werke never actually took this model into production the ones they dumped somehow found their way to collectors.

1064 - Mercedes 300 TE1070 - BMW 735 iL1074 - Mercedes SSK Collectors should be able to gather almost all of the ‘Super Series’ cars in mint condition at prices ranging from $ 2 for models in production up to $ 40 for mint obsolete models. The larger trucks can cost up to $ 75.

Below is a list of the metal ‘Super Series’ passenger cars Siku produced between 1975 and today:

0836 Morgan Plus 8
0837 Porsche 911 Cabriolet
0838 Peugeot 205 Cabriolet
0839 VW 1303 LS Cabriolet
0841 Audi 80 Cabriolet
0842 VW Golf III Cabriolet
0845 Ford Fiesta
0846 BMW Z3
0849 Porsche Boxster
0850 BMW Z3 Hardtop
0851 Mercedes 230 SLK
1010 Porsche 911 Targa
1010 VW Golf III
1011 BMW 2000 CS
1011 Mercedes 500 SL Cabrio
1012 Ferrari Berlinetta 275 GTB
1012 Mercedes 500 SL H-top
1013 Porsche Carrera 906
1014 Citroen DS 21
1015 Jaguar E 2 + 2
1016 Ford GT 40
1017 Mercedes 280 SL
1018 Opel GT 1900
1019 Audi 100 LS
1020 Mercedes 250(/8)
1021 Ford Capri 1700
1022 VW 1300 (beetle)
1023 Porsche 914/6
1024 Lamborghini Espada
1025 Alfa Romeo Montreal
1025 VW Golf III driving school
1026 Citroen SM
1027 Ford T5 Mustang Mach 1
1027 Opel Frontera Sport
1028 Ford Granada Turnier
1028 BMW 320i
1029 VW Passat I Variant
1029 Mercedes C 220
1030 VW Transporter II
1031 VW Transporter II minivan
1031 Mini Cooper
1032 VW 181
1032 Citroen 2CV 6 (open roof)
1033 VW Golf I
1034 Maserati Boomerang
1035 BMW 633 CSi
1036 Range Rover
1036 Opel Astra Caravan
1037 Porsche 928
1038 Renault 5
1039 VW Golf I Cabriolet
1040 Opel Senator 3.0E CD
1041 Audi 200 5T
1042 Mercedes 500 SE
1043 Peugeot 505 STI
1044 Mercedes 280 GE
1045 Porsche Turbo 917/10
1046 McLaren M8 F
1046 VW Sharan
1047 Opel Kadett SR
1048 Ford Escort GL
1048 Mercedes E 230
1049 VW Golf I pick-up
1051 Chevrolet Camaro Z 28
1052 Mercedes 500 SEC
1052 BMW 730i
1053 Jeep CJ-5
1054 Mercedes 190 E
1054 Opel Omega Caravan
1055 Chevrolet Corvette
1056 Ford Sierra 2.3 Ghia
1057 Audi 100 Avant
1057 Ford Mondeo
1058 Jeep CJ-7
1059 Porsche 911 Turbo
1060 Ferrari GTO
1061 Nissan 300 ZX
1061 VW Passat IV Variant
1063 Mercedes 300 E
1064 Mercedes 300 TE
1065 Volvo 760 GLE
1066 Saab 9000
1068 Porsche 959
1069 Jaguar XJ 6
1070 BMW 735 iL
1072 Suzuki SJ 413
1073 Mercedes 300 SL
1074 Mercedes SSK
1075 Ferrari F 40
1076 VW Passat III Variant GT
1078 VW 1303 LS (beetle)
1079 Audi A6 Avant 2.8
1084 Volvo V 40 2.0 16V
1086 Audi A4 1.8
1087 Citroen Xantia
1088 Mercedes E 290 T
1089 Citroen 2CV (closed roof)
1090 VW Golf IV
1092 Audi A6 1.9 TDI
1093 Porsche 911 Carrera
1094 Mercedes A 160
1095 Mercedes ML 320
1096 VW New Beetle (yellow)
1097 VW New Beetle (red)
1098 Renault Megane Scenic