Corgi 405-A Bedford CA Utilecon Fire Tender

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This model is the Corgi 405-A-2 Bedford CA Utilecon Fire Tender in Red with Fire Dept decals. This is the non-friction drive version.

There are no opening parts. The exterior is painted red with only the grille and headlights picked out in silver. The bumpers and all other features are cast into the body. The model also carries a water-slide decal on the sides that reads "FIRE [shield] DEPT" in gold lettering, and a black, cast metal ladder on the roof.

There is no interior but the vehicle is glazed with clear plastic in the cab and rear.

All wheels are of the "smooth" type - spun, polished wheel hubs with separate "rubber" tyres on steel axles.

The base plate is black plated(?) metal and is marked, parallel to the axles, in the centre with "CORGI TOYS" on two lines at the centre front, "Made in Gt Britain" to the centre middle, and Bedford, Fire Tender on two lines to the centre rear. It is held in place with a single rivet at the front and a body locating lug at the rear.

This casting was issued between August 1956 and 1961 and 170,000 were sold — presumed by me to be a total sales figure for the green AFS and red Fire Dept versions as Van Cleemput is not clear on this in his book (pg 32, "The Great Book of Corgi Toys 1956 - 1983" by Marcel R. Van Cleemput, published 1989 by New Cavendish Books [ISBN 0 904568 53 9]). The scale was stated to be 1:44.

Item: 3641