Corgi C616 General Motors Van - Royal Mail Parcels

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This model is the Corgi C616 General Motors Van in red Royal Mail Parcels livery. The model carries Royal Mail logos on both rear side body panels. It uses the 423/1 casting.

The vehicle has opening rear doors only. The exterior is a relatively simple casting with front bumper, lights and grill that are picked out in silver. At the rear the lights are represented by orange painted cast areas and the rear bumper is red.

The interior is tan plastic with a left hand drive, black plastic steering wheel inserted into the tan dashboard (instrument panel). The glazing is clear all round.

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, just in front of the axle, in tiny lettering "Made in GT Britain", at the centre middle with corgi and at the bottom centre "Chevrolet Van". All text on the base is upside down when compared to other models issued at the time, i.e. when read with the front of the model facing to the reader's left. The base is held in place with four machined rivets, two at the front and two at the rear.

This particular model came in packaging that has been factory modified from that used for the 423/1 G. M. Van by the addition of two yellow end pieces that cover the 423 numbering with a 66mm square card with the 616 numbering on it. Interestingly no attempt was made to modify the interior cardboard plinth the vehicle sits in, which still refers to the "423/1 G. M. Van".

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

Item: 1868