Corgi 437-A-1 Chevrolet [General Motors] Van - Coca Cola

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This model is the Corgi 437 Chevrolet General Motors Van in red Coca Cola livery. The model carries Coca Cola signage down both sides on the rear side body panels.

The vehicle has opening rear doors only. The exterior is a relatively simple casting with front bumper, lights and grille that are picked out in silver. The roof contains 4 skylight panels, allowing a view of the van's load. At the rear the lights are represented by orange painted cast areas and the rear bumper is red with a silver mask-sprayed, rear facing edge.

The interior is white plastic with a left hand drive, black plastic steering wheel inserted into the white dashboard (instrument panel). In the rear compartment the van carries a load of Coca Cola (bottles in crates) made from printed cardboard. The glazing is amber tinted all round, including on the roof.

All wheels are of the "speed wheel" type - hollow one piece plastic with a chromed 4 spoke hub in the center and black "rubber" tyre.

The base plate is black plastic and is marked at the rear, parallel to the axle, in tiny lettering "Made in GT Britain", at the centre top with corgi and at the bottom centre "Chevrolet Van". All text on the base is correct side up 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 C616 van has the lettering upside down on the base). The base is held in place with four machined rivets, two at the front and two at the rear and also contains some limited detailing of the chassis, engine sump, gearbox, drive shaft and differential, and exhaust system.

This particular model came in packaging that has been factory printed to describe the model only as a "Coca Cola Van".

This model was issued in June 1978 and withdrawn in 1980. Its scale was said to be 1:36 but it does not look big enough for this scale compared to other American vehicles modeled by Corgi and said to be 1:36. I believe the scale to more likely be in the 1:50 range.

Item: 1876