May 1961 saw the arrival of the first Fordson tractor, the Power Major model. This was much more interesting than the Massey Ferguson. You could steer it with the steering wheel - a super feature that added a lot of play value - and a very realistic lift mechanism was included at the back.
Tuesday, 4 May 2021
Thursday, 29 April 2021
You may remember the issue of a reproduction 474 Ford Thames Ice Cream Van (the one with musical chimes) way back in January 2020. My article is here if you have forgotten.
The COVID-19 virus interrupted production in China and we had been hoping that what appeared to be a well-intentioned project would get going again. Earlier this year promotions started to appear once more in magazines and the original web site offered the Ice Cream Van once more. There would appear to have been very many more of these issued than first time round - tens of thousands rather than a mere 1000 or so, according to some estimates I have read. The firm managing the project do seem to have got things moving again. They have a strict 'one model per household' rule and so I was unable to get hold of another Ice Cream Van but other people are reporting that the model itself appears identical but with a different box and different paperwork coming with it. In particular, the Certificate now specifies a number and has a different design to the first issue.
Bearing in mind that no payment was required for the first model (if one ordered the next issue) and, even if someone did pay for it the price was a mere £1.99, I think we were all surprised to see these selling for £100 or more back in early 2020 but put it down to life in an Ebay world. I have to say now that £100 may have been a bargain if the buyer also received the bits and pieces as well, as there will not be many of those around.
Finally, rather later than some of my colleagues, I have received the second model in the series, the 339 BMC Mini-Cooper S 1967 Monte Carlo Winner. There were two versions, the early one had shaped wheels but this is the later issue with cast wheels.
I was asked this week to list the various changes in content for Gift Set 2, the long-running Land Rover and Pony Trailer combination that was first issued in February 1958 and continued until December 1968 when Gift set 15 replaced it with the blue and white 'Pony Club' combination.
As this may be of interest to a wider audience I thought it would be a good idea to set out the variations here (where experts can also correct me if necessary!)
|Date||Land Rover||Pony Trailer|
|Feb 1958||406 type green with tan cover||smooth fixed||cream with red||wire||no||smooth fixed|
|1958||smooth fixed||red with black||wire||no||smooth fixed|
|1959||smooth fixed||cream with red||wire||yes||smooth fixed|
|1959||smooth fixed||red with black||wire||yes||smooth fixed|
|1960||smooth fixed||red with black||wire||yes||shaped fixed|
|1961||shaped fixed||red with black||wire||yes||smooth fixed|
|1961||shaped fixed||red with black||wire||yes||shaped fixed|
|1962||438 type deep green with cream plastic cover||shaped free||red with black||wire||yes||smooth fixed|
|1962||shaped free||red with black||wire||yes||shaped fixed|
|1962||shaped free||red with black||solid||yes||shaped fixed|
|Dec 62||438 type fawn with cream plastic cover||shaped free||fawn and cream roof, silver mudguards||solid||yes||shaped fixed|
|1963||shaped free||fawn and cream roof, silver mudguards||solid||yes||shaped free|
I am not sure about the intermediate dates. Whilst the fixed shaped wheels only started to appear in 1960-61 it seems that Land Rovers with smooth were in the box with Pony Trailers with fixed and vice versa! I have seen genuine example of both, in Gift sets I know were not changed after purchase. There is a lack of logic there but that's 'Corgi life', I guess!
Thursday, 1 April 2021
Monday, 1 March 2021
303S Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Open Top
304S Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Hard Top
Thursday, 25 February 2021
Following my recent articles on distinguishing some of the rare Land Rovers, I have had a number of further queries and so I decided to try and cover in one go the main differences that you will find in the Series II editions which ran from 1962 to the 1970s.
The rear window
There are two main types:
1: With frame, flush fitting with the rear of cab
The vent lever / hinge
Registration plate area
The top of the radiator grille:
The roof 'plate'
|GS||7||green cast / W||3||2||3||3||2||0|
|GS||8||white cast / W||3||2||3||3||2||0|