Corgi C426 Rover 3500 (1983 British Saloon Car Championship)

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This model is the Corgi 426 Rover 3500 in yellow representing the 1983 British Saloon Car Championship car. The exterior is adorned with Hepolite Glacier, Esso and Daily Express sponsorship logos, Racing number "4" and small AE on the sides and bonnet and a large AE on the roof. The car was driven by Steve Soper.

The car has opening front doors and opening rear hatch. The exterior has front and rear chrome plastic bumpers. The front bumper is molded to include the number plate and appears to be part of the chromed engine insert. The front lights are also part of this chromed moulding. The front indicators are represented by painted orange body mouldings. At the rear the indicators and rear lights are represented by painted orange lines over the moulded impressions on the body casting.

The interior is red plastic with a right hand drive, black plastic steering wheel inserted into the red dashboard (instrument panel). This version of the model has fixed seat backs rather than folding seat backs on the front seats. The glazing is clear with the front screen imprinted with a representation of two windscreen wipers and the interior rear vision mirror. The rear screen has horizontal lines cast to represent a rear demister.

All wheels are of the "speed wheel" type - hollow one piece plastic with a "chromed" patterned "hub" in the center.

The base plate is black painted metal and is marked at the centre top with corgi, "Made in GT. Britain" at the lower middle and at the bottom centre "Rover 3500". The base is also molded to represent a basic drive train from gearbox to differential, exhaust system, and is shaped to represent the rubber corners of the front and rear bumpers. It is held in place with four machined rivets.

This model was issued April 1984. Its scale was said to be 1:36.

Item: 1239