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.