Corgi 384-A-1 Adams Bothers Probe 16

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This model is the Corgi 384-A-1 Adams Brothers Probe 16 in Metallic Maroon.

It has no opening parts apart from the roof hatch. The exterior boasts cast front light covers and cast impressions for the indicators and park lights. The rest of the body consists of a blue tinted bubble that acts as front windscreen, side windows and the afore-mentioned roof hatch. At the rear, this blue casting is over-painted in silver to represent the engine cover and, below this, the rear panel of the vehicle contains the rear lights (red plastic crystal lenses) and a simple rectangle to represent the rear numberplate. This rear panel is part of the interior casting.

The interior is white plastic with a right hand drive, black plastic steering wheel set into the front of the interior. Other interior detail includes the seats and centre console.

All wheels are of the "speed wheel" type - hollow one piece plastic with a "chromed" 8 spoke, patterned "hub"in the center.

The base plate is silver painted metal and is marked in the centre with CORGI TOYS on line one, "WHIZZWHEELS" on the second line, "PAT.APP.No.3396/69" at the front just behind the axle, in a raised panel "Adams Probe 16", "Made in Gt. Britain" just in front of the rear axle and, finally, "MAZAK die-cast" at right angles, just behind the rear axle in the centre. The base has no other molded detail. It is held in place with a single, front, machined rivet and two rear machined rivets.

This model was issued between November 1970 and 1973 according to references by Mantzke and Force, and December 1970 and 1973 according to Van Cleemput and 368,000 were sold. Its scale was unstated but thought to be around 1/43.


Item: 1875