Corgi C613-A-1 Austin Mini Metro - Datapost 66

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This model is the Corgi C613-A-1 Austin Mini Metro in red. The car carries Royal Mail Datapost sponsorship logos on both sides plus the bonnet. Included are the racing number "66" and references to other sponsors Ferodo and Duckhams.

The Austin Metro first appeared in RED Datapost colours in the British Saloon Car Championship in 1981 with Richard Longman and Alan Curnow’s Royal Mail Datapost team. Richard Longman raced the Mini Metros with the number 77 in the Championship during 1981 and 1982, but in 1983 he switched to racing Ford Escort RS1600i cars. Alan Curnow raced the other Datapost Metro BUT he appears to have raced under the racing number 71 according to the official records. In fact the #66 car in the 1981 Championship was a VW GTi and the racing number 66 does not appear in the Championship again until Curnow raced in 1983 and subsequent years in the Ford Escort RS1600i Datapost car. Corgi's use of the number 66 appears to be commercial licence so they could use the same decals for the Metro and the Ford without having to print an extra set for the number 71, Curnow's oficial race number for the Metro.

The car has opening front door and opening rear hatch. The exterior boasts front and rear black plastic bumpers. The front bumper is molded to include number plate and radiator grill. Either side of the front bumper are the lights, represented by silver/chromed plastic inserts. On this model a factory error in the molding of these lights means only one is fully formed in the oblong shape, the other is only a small button.

The interior is black plastic with a right hand drive, black plastic steering wheel and dashboard (instrument panel). 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 and it also carried a representation of the rear window wiper.

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 plastic and is marked in front of the front wheels "Made in GT Britain", at the centre top with corgi and at the bottom centre "Austin Mini Metro 1.3 HLS". The base is also molded to represent a basic drive train and exhaust system. It is held in place with two rivets.

This model was issued April 1984 and is included in the 400,000+ Metros sold by Corgi. Its scale was said to be 1:36.

Item: 1246