The 1966 and 1967 Corgi catalogues included illustrations of 9022, a 1910 Daimler 38 with a hood, marked as AVAILABLE LATER. To all intents and purposes this looked like 9021, a red Daimler 38 with folded back hood and driver plus a full load of passengers, but painted blue with a red-brown closed hood.
Corgi were good at making one casting do several things. This one, however, never got into production. What I have here is a sample, looking almost complete but lacking a dashboard and steering wheel.
A full selection of images of this unique item can be seen here.
It is in excellent condition with no chips or scratches, the screen has survived and so too has the vulnerable radiator emblem.
I also have the 9021 Daimler which may also have been a sample but it appears indistinguishable from examples of issued models that I have. I would, nevertheless, prefer to see these kept together in case, at some point, someone does spot some differences.
What is quite different, however, is the 1927 Bentley 3 Litre in the collection. This clearly was intended to be an example of a model with the hood down by the look of the windscreen(s) which would not have supported the full length hood. The horn on the side is painted bright silver, as opposed to the black on issued models, and there is a very detailed dashboard with a tremendously realistic-looking steering wheel. This needs a rear folded hood, in my view, but they are simple enough to obtain and I may well supply one with this when sold.
Based on what appears to be a standard 9001 model, I imagine this may have been either a sample of what might have become a 9003 model, a Bentley for Steed in The Avengers Gift Set or even an early idea for the Jeeves & Wooster edition.
As we know, Steed did get a choice of green or red Bentley in the Gift Set but the green one was pretty much a standard 9001 with a folded hood replacing the full affair. Bertie Wooster's Bentley differed from a 9001 only in having a reddish interior and dark grey rails and chassis.
This Bentley looks very much like a one-off piece of model making by the older Mr Wilford and his team and is likely to be unique and a fascinating addition to the story of the original 1960s Classics.
|From The Great Book of Corgi. "Some very near Misses".|
|From the 1966 Catalogue|
|Still shown in the 1967 Catalogue|
I do believe that the 9022 Daimler is unique in being the only proposed model that remained AVAILABLE LATER across two catalogue printings.
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