Wednesday, 9 September 2020
With a limited edition of just 650 they are quite scarce although they do regularly appear for sale. Unlike something like the AVRO BODE edition of the Bedford CA 421 van in 1961 which had a similar production quantity, most of the Ford Consuls have been kept safely on shelves in collectors' homes! As with mine, they'll also have their original boxes, packing and leaflets. That packing isn't, though, something to get excited about. This model was placed unceremoniously in a ghastly bit of thin phlegm-coloured plastic shaped for the car that early Vanguards model collectors will be familiar with. Horrible but at least the outer box was half-decent.
Monday, 31 August 2020
153 Proteus Bluebird was issued in September 1960 and then re-issued in October 1961 as 153A.
Available always in blue, 153 has black plastic wheels. 153A has alloy wheels with rubber tyres.
Models have crossed flags at the front, initially two Union Flags but later a combination of British and USA flags and I have heard of both types of transfer on each of 153 and 153A. The British and US flag combination transfer also includes a blue bird. Whether a blue bird also gets added to any with the two Union flags I don't know but I am assuming not for now.
There has been considerable confusion, it seems, amongst those whom you might have thought would have known better as to which came first and, for a long time, I thought that my own Bluebird model I had had since new was the second edition with plastic wheels and I had convinced myself that it must have had 153A on the box. That would, however, have been the 153 I vaguely did remember.
The copy Corgi leaflet published around the time of issue is a wonderful piece of finally conclusive evidence discovered by my colleague and expert in many things diecast, Lee Harris.