Tuesday, 20 November 2018

New arrivals in October and November

I haven't had a chance to update this for a while so lots to add and you'll see quite a few of the less common editions here, including two orange MGC GT models. One needs a rear screen and both are well worn, though! As are the scarce orange-red Austin Cambridge and the very bright shade of Hillman Imp.

The 309 box is probably worth as much as the model. The most scarce model in this period, though, is the Marcos 1800GT with blue stripes. This was the edition exported to Canada and this is only the second example I have seen.

Some items are likely to stay in my own collection rather than being sold.

309 Aston Martin Competition Model with box £170
345 MGC GT £90

448 BMC Police Minivan £60

416 RAc Land Rover with original box £160

251 Hillman Imp bright metallic blue £20

(From GS35) Austin Taxi with driver £60

422 Bedford CA 'Corgi Toys' Van £100

262 Lincoln Continental £100

322 Rover 2000 Monte Carlo edition £100

345 MGC GT £70

324 Marcos 1800GT Canada export edition £160

201M Austin Cambridge £80

230 Mercedes-Benz 220SE £55

300 Austin Healey £65

216M Austin A40 £75

468 London Routemaster Bus 'Corgi Classics' with box £80

226 Morris Mini Minor £60

203 Vauxhall Velox £50

151 Lotus Mark 11 Le Mans £75

1169 Ford Guiness Tanker with original box £75

203M Vauxhall Velox £60

321 BMC Mini Cooper Monte Carlo 1966 with box £80

Corgi Toys @ 60: Euclid Tractor and Gift Set 4

November 1958 brought the big and very heavy 1102 model Euclid Tractor / Bulldozer to the Corgi Toy shop shelves. At 17/6d (£0.87½) this would have been an expensive item for someone to buy and a heavy one to carry home too. It stayed in production until 1963 when it gets revised slightly with a lever to raise the shovel part and a driver and that model, catalogued as 1107, lasts until 1966.

If you carefully remove the shovel section you have the 1103 model which doesn't actually get issued until 1960 and that only lasts until 1965. All the Euclids had modest sales and are now quite difficult to find.

The 1102 can be found in two quite distinct colours - lime green and a greenish yellow. The black rubber tracks seem to last well but you would need to remove the shovel unit to fit replacements. The most common fault with models available is broken or damaged exhaust pipes. These are plastic and in a very vulnerable position, sticking up near the front of the bonnet. I haven't seen any replacements available so check these before buying.

The other November issue was also an expensive item, the fourth Gift Set. This puts all the Bloodhound Missile bits together. You get a missile, launcher and trolley together with an RAF Land Rover to pull the trolley along. The Missile was available with the launch ramp last month but this is the first appearance of the trolley. Later is is available with just the missile and, in December of the following year it is also available individually. Those individually boxed items had one of the lowest production figures of the Corgi range and so boxes are well worth seeking out.

The Land Rover does look a bit strange pulling the large trolley affair and one colleague prefers to display the Trolley being pulled by the Army International Truck! That would, of course, have to be a slightly later issue of the Trolley as the International Truck doesn't appear until 1959! At this time, therefore, the Land Rover must have seemed the best, if not only option.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Corgi Toys @ 60: Bloodhound Missile and an RAF Staff Car

October 1958 saw the arrival in the shops of the second instalment of RAF missiles. This must have seemed a very exciting and quite dramatic model when compared to the slightly tame looking Thunderbird that had preceded it.

Made by Bristol, this really must have looked the part, with its four detachable rockets with red outlet ends and bright yellow paintwork contrasting with the white main body. Although the vast majority in the field may well have been in khaki, some were, indeed in this or a similar colour and the whole model was so realistic as evidenced by comparison with the photo of a real thing below.

In this first appearance, the missile comes with the launch platform. Later, there will be a Gift Set to include a transport device for this and an RAF Land Rover to pull it along. In late 1959 you would also be able to purchase each component individually.

Bloodhound's longer range kept it in service until the threat of bomber attack by the Soviet Union disappeared with the dissolution of the union in 1991.

The other new model in this month was the final appearance of the Standard Vanguard III, now with a coat of RAF blue and either a solid black or grey base. As far as I can tell, each appears in roughly equal numbers. 

This model will appear in the Rocket Age Gift Set too and stays in production until 1962. That would imply that there might be some around with fixed shaped wheels. However, I have yet to find one so I imagine that, if they do exist at all, they'll be very scarce.

Monday, 3 September 2018

New arrivals in August

Gift Set 10 £TBA

1118 or 1133 (not sure now!) £TBA

1134 with 1135 cab! £TBA

418 late version with black steering wheel £40

Gift Set 19 £80

201M £65

Not a lot this month and really the only item acquired for re-sale is the Austin, a very nice example and a great improvment on the other one that came in last month.

The Rambler and Gift Set 10 items are awaiting a good box and missing elements. they are, though, in excellent condition and so this will make a good set for someone eventually. The two US Army items are not for sale at the moment. The truck is now confusing me as I realise now that it has text along the bonnet which makes it a 1133 but the flat roof on the canopy would have been a 1118, I think. And 1133s have stars on the doors. all in all, I am about to give up on these (for probably the third or fourth time since I started trying to list everything!) I need help with these.

The 1134/5 mix-up is weirdly fascinating but that's about all and I really don't expect that the other bits will be coming in any time soon so it'll be here on a desk for some years to come, I suspect!

The taxis are fun as there are so many small variations to collect. I thought I had this one but don't seem to. I do have a lot of deep maroon ones however that I shall probably never be able to sell for much more than a tenner. This does look pretty black which is a relief.

The Gift Set 19 is here merely because a customer wanted an original elephant. Now he doesn't. So I've added the cage and trailer I had to buy to get it to a nice red land Rover I had lying around and to that I can add either the plastic canopy shown here or the earlier tin blue canopy as required.

Corgi Toys @ 60: Bedford Machinery Carrier

From September 1958 we have another use for the 'Big' Bedford cab, now attached to a machinery carrier base and similar in many ways to the Low Loader issued earlier in the year. This has the same winch but in place of a ramp there is a detachable rear axle and two fold-down ramps of wheel width only.

You could have fun with this model, hauling whatever you could find on to the back, or driving other toys up the ramps and off again somewhere else on the carpet. Only certain shapes would work with the winch, though, and that handle was rather unrealistic and tended to spoil things a bit. I am sure that something more to scale would have still functioned as well.

Strangely, I have never had one of these 1104 models and so the illustration is with acknowledgements to QDT. It seems that all the 1104 models had a red cab with a black detachable rear axle. Some may have a matt black finish but the normal ones are gloss black.

This model has a long life and this gets extended yet further in 1963 when it gets the later TK style cab and a capstan affair with a couple of spare tyres replaces the winch.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Bedford Cabs

I couldn't resist buying this old Army Fuel Tanker that was going cheap and which had caught my eye because of the cab. As far as I know all the 1134 models have the old 'Big' Bedford cab.

Then I started to think about it a bit more and remembered that the other two uses of the tanker section were the Mobilgas and Milk editions, each of which gets issued with a new cab and, in those cases, a new number.

The US Army fuel tanker first appears in January 1965. But the Bedford TK style cab had been pulling the 1131 Machinery Carrier and the Low Loader in November 1963, more than a year earlier! Indeed, it is that TK cab that gets to pull the US Army Machinery Carrier issued as 1135 at the very same time as the 1134 Fuel Tanker.

Whilst I appreciate that the Mobilgas and Milk tankers didn't get new cabs until later in 1965, it does strike me as most odd that Corgi should have attached the old S type cab to the Tanker and the new TK one to the Carrier when the TK would have been then then 'current' cab for all these articulated models.

It is, therefore, entirely reasonable to see a 1134 with the TK cab but what I feel is that this is a combination by someone at some point in time and that somewhere in someone's loft lurk a khaki 1135 and an old S type cab in a similar colour. Whilst what I have bought is possible to have existed, I suspect it didn't really.

So now I am searching for old army trailers and khaki S Type cabs! Both 1134 and 1135 were produced in very paltry numbers, though, and had a lifespan of only a year or so at best. They're quite sought after now so my chances are pretty slim.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

New arrivals in July

317 £50

222 blue / lemon £45

208M £45

222 maroon / lemon £50

GS40 £160

462 £80 (reserved)

462 'Combex' £TBA

1106 £64

300 £54

159 £40

158 £36

155 £36

281 £85

406S £180

201M £55

273 boxed as new £300