Corgi 509-A Porsche Targa 911S Police Car

 



 

This model was originally issued in June 1970 in the German POLIZEI livery of White and Red.

In 1973, Corgi's Netherlands Office suggested a "Home Market" version of the German "Polizei" model be produced. Corgi shipped up to an estimated 700 of the 509-A Porsche 911S models, most with the orange interior (as the Dutch national colour is orange), minus the "Polizei" decals for modification in the Netherlands for the local retail market.

A small number of Dutch modellers then disassembled the models, painted the doors, rear engine cover and the leading edge of the nose of the car in a bright, high-visability orange with a flat finish. Two waterslide decals with "RIJKSPOLITIE" in black lettering on a flat, high-visibility orange background were also added. The lettering used on the nose of the vehicle is a black outline font and that used on the rear is a black solid font. The model was then reassembled and the baseplate fixed using genuine Corgi rivets. It was finally repackaged in the original Corgi 509-A box (still depicting the Polizei version of the model).

It is thought that approximately 175 models were issued with a black interior and blue light and that around 25 were issued with a black interior and red light.

Towards the end of its run, there is a suggestion that the model was produced for release in France in the original White and Red colour scheme but with plain paper labels marked "POLICE" in gold on black background. I have only ever come across two examples of this issue (and I bought them both), one in very played with condition and the other mint (but for a small area of rubbing on the matt black roof) in its original box. There is nothing on either to suggest the story about being released for the French market is true and I wonder, if it was true, why they were not issued as "Gendarmerie" in line with the previous releases, rather than as "Police".

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This model is the Corgi 509-A-1 Porsche Targa 911S Police Car in White and Red German Polizei livery produced for the World market.

This model was released with a white body, black roof and red bonnet, side doors and rear engine cover with "Polizei" signage on the front and both side doors in Red lettering on a White background [waterslide transfers].

This model has an opening engine cover at the rear and two opening side doors. The front headlights are yellow lenses set into the body casting. The front bumper is cast as part of the baseplate but is highlighted by the addition of a metal strip (inserted between the base and body castings) to represent a chromed strip. The rear has small orange plastic inserts to represent the rear lights and another metal strip representing the rear over-riders and chrome strip of the rear bumper. This latter casting also seems to contain the engine detail which is exposed when the rear cover is lifted. It also sports a blue plastic light on the left hand [driver's] side, mounted on a chromed stalk just behind the door, and a large siren horn mounted on the rear engine cover (and machine riveted in place).

The entire interior is black plastic with a chromed left hand steering wheel. The glazing is clear without any further molded detail having been added.

All wheels are of the "speed wheel" type - hollow one piece plastic with a chrome 8 DOT center "hub".

The base plate is white painted metal and is marked with "Made in GT Britain" in the centre top, "CORGI TOYS" on the first line of the centre middle, "WHIZZWHEELS" on the second line, "Porsche Targa 911s" on the third line, and "PAT. APP. No 3396/69" at the centre bottom. The only other detail on the base is a rudimentary representation of the engine bottom, rear suspension and exhaust system. It is held in place with three machined rivets.

This model was issued in June 1970 and discontinued in 1975. Its scale was stated to be 1/43.

Item: 1871

 



This model is the Corgi 509-A-2 Porsche Targa 911S Police Car in White and Red German Polizei livery produced for the World market.

This model was released with a white body, black roof and red bonnet, side doors and rear engine cover with "Polizei" signage on the front, rear and both side doors in Red lettering on a White background [waterslide transfers].

This model has an opening engine cover at the rear and two opening side doors. The front headlights are yellow lenses set into the body casting. The front bumper is cast as part of the baseplate but is highlighted by the addition of a metal strip (inserted between the base and body castings) to represent a chromed strip. The rear has small orange plastic inserts to represent the rear lights and another metal strip representing the rear over-riders and chrome strip of the rear bumper. This latter casting also seems to contain the engine detail which is exposed when the rear cover is lifted. It also sports a blue plastic light on the left hand [driver's] side, mounted on a chromed stalk just behind the door, and a large siren horn mounted on the rear engine cover (and machine riveted in place).

The entire interior is orange plastic with a chromed left hand steering wheel. The glazing is clear without any further molded detail having been added.

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

The base plate is white painted metal and is marked with "Made in GT Britain" in the centre top, "CORGI TOYS" on the first line of the centre middle, "WHIZZWHEELS" on the second line, "Porsche Targa 911s" on the third line, and "PAT. APP. No 3396/69" at the centre bottom. The only other detail on the base is a rudimentary representation of the engine bottom, rear suspension and exhaust system. It is held in place with three machined rivets.

This model was issued in June 1970 and discontinued in 1975. Its scale was stated to be 1/43.

Item: 1794

 



I have identified this model as the Corgi 509-A-3a Porsche Targa 911S Police Car in White and Orange RIJKSPOLITIE livery produced for the Dutch market with black interior.

This model was released with a white body, black roof and orange bonnet, side doors and rear engine cover with "Rijkspolitie" signage on the front and rear in black lettering on an orange background [waterslide transfers]. The lettering used on the nose of the vehicle is a black outline font and that used on the rear is a black solid font.

This model has an opening engine cover at the rear and two opening side doors. The front headlights are yellow lenses set into the body casting. The front bumper is cast as part of the baseplate but is highlighted by the addition of a metal strip (inserted between the base and body castings) to represent a chromed strip. The rear has small orange plastic inserts to represent the rear lights and another metal strip representing the rear over-riders and chrome strip of the rear bumper. This latter casting also seems to contain the engine detail which is exposed when the rear cover is lifted. It also sports a blue plastic light on the left hand [driver's] side, mounted on a chromed stalk just behind the door, and a large siren horn mounted on the rear engine cover (and machine riveted in place).

The entire interior is black plastic with a chromed left hand steering wheel. The glazing is clear without any further molded detail having been added.

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

The base plate is white painted metal and is marked with "Made in GT Britain" in the centre top, "CORGI TOYS" on the first line of the centre middle, "WHIZZWHEELS" on the second line, "Porsche Targa 911s" on the third line, and "PAT. APP. No 3396/69" at the centre bottom. The only other detail on the base is a rudimentary representation of the engine bottom, rear suspension and exhaust system. It is held in place with three machined rivets.

This model was issued in 1973. Its scale was stated to be 1/43.

Item: 1795

 



I have identified this model as the Corgi 509-A-3c Porsche Targa 911S Police Car in White and Orange RIJKSPOLITIE livery produced for the Dutch market with orange interior.

This model was released with a white body, black roof and orange bonnet, side doors and rear engine cover with "Rijkspolitie" signage on the front and rear in black lettering on an orange background [waterslide transfers]. The lettering used on the nose of the vehicle is a black outline font and that used on the rear is a black solid font.

This model has an opening engine cover at the rear and two opening side doors. The front headlights are yellow lenses set into the body casting. The front bumper is cast as part of the baseplate but is highlighted by the addition of a metal strip (inserted between the base and body castings) to represent a chromed strip. The rear has small orange plastic inserts to represent the rear lights and another metal strip representing the rear over-riders and chrome strip of the rear bumper. This latter casting also seems to contain the engine detail which is exposed when the rear cover is lifted. It also sports a blue plastic light on the left hand [driver's] side, mounted on a chromed stalk just behind the door, and a large siren horn mounted on the rear engine cover (and machine riveted in place).

The entire interior is orange plastic with a chromed left hand steering wheel. The glazing is clear without any further molded detail having been added.

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

The base plate is white painted metal and is marked with "Made in GT Britain" in the centre top, "CORGI TOYS" on the first line of the centre middle, "WHIZZWHEELS" on the second line, "Porsche Targa 911s" on the third line, and "PAT. APP. No 3396/69" at the centre bottom. The only other detail on the base is a rudimentary representation of the engine bottom, rear suspension and exhaust system. It is held in place with three machined rivets.

This model was issued in 1973. Its scale was stated to be 1/43.

Item: 1796

 



    I have identified this model as the Corgi 509-A-4 Porsche Targa 911S Police Car in White and Red POLICE livery produced for the French market with orange interior.

    This model was released with a white body, black roof and red bonnet, side doors and rear engine cover with "Police" signage on the side doors in gold lettering on a black background [paper labels].

    This model has an opening engine cover at the rear and two opening side doors. The front headlights are yellow lenses set into the body casting. The front bumper is cast as part of the baseplate but is highlighted by the addition of a metal strip (inserted between the base and body castings) to represent a chromed strip. The rear has small orange plastic inserts to represent the rear lights and another metal strip representing the rear over-riders and chrome strip of the rear bumper. This latter casting also seems to contain the engine detail which is exposed when the rear cover is lifted. It also sports a blue plastic light on the left hand [driver's] side, mounted on a chromed stalk just behind the door, and a large siren horn mounted on the rear engine cover (and machine riveted in place).

    The entire interior is orange plastic with a chromed left hand steering wheel. The front seat backs are moveable. The glazing is clear without any further molded detail having been added.

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

    The base plate is white painted metal and is marked with "Made in GT Britain" in the centre top, "CORGI TOYS" on the first line of the centre middle, "WHIZZWHEELS" on the second line, "Porsche Targa 911s" on the third line, and "PAT. APP. No 3396/69" at the centre bottom. The only other detail on the base is a rudimentary representation of the engine bottom, rear suspension and exhaust system. It is held in place with three machined rivets.

    This model was probably issued in 1975. Its scale was stated to be 1/43.

    Item: 2013