Corgi C496-01-b Ford Escort Van - Royal Mail

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This model is the Corgi C496-01-b Ford Escort Van in red Royal Mail livery. The model carries Royal Mail logos on both rear side panels.

The vehicle has opening rear doors only. At the front we have a black plastic front bumper that is molded to include number plate and radiator grille. To each side of the grille are the lights, represented by chrome and orange plastic inserts. The rear bumpers is formed as part of the baseplate casting and the rear lights are painted raised areas on the body casting.

The interior is tan plastic with a right hand drive, black plastic steering wheel inserted into the tan dashboard (instrument panel). The glazing is clear all round and carries cast windscreen wipers and interior rear view mirror.

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

The base plate is black plastic and is marked at the rear in tiny lettering "Made in GT Britain", at the centre top with corgi and at the bottom centre "Ford Escort 55". The base is also molded to represent a basic front engine pan, gearbox and axles and an exhaust system. It is held in place with two machined rivets.

This model was issued in April 1984 and its scale was said to be 1:36.

Item: 1869