Corgi 96721 Ford Zephyr Mk II - Anne Hall

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This model is the Corgi Classics Series 96721 1961 Ford Zephyr Mk II in White racing livery as raced by Anne Hall and Lucille Cardwell. This model was produced as a general release world-wide. This model represents the Ford Zephyr which gained 3rd overall place on the 1961 Safari Rally.

Anne Hall broke into rally driving in 1951, when she raced a Jaguar XK120 bought by her father, Arthur Newton, a Huddersfield car dealer. She was accompanied by her sister Mary Hopkins. At that time the only way to get a Jaguar XK120 was to use one for a competition so Hall drove one, her husband John and a colleague drove another and another driver drove the third. Anne seemed to be the most successful and so her career began.

Hall turned professional in 1953 and became Ladies' European Champion in the early 1950s. She also drove for Ford, British Motor Corporation (BMC) which manufactured Austin and Morris, Jaguar and finally Rover, as well as doing freelance work. She was a Ford Works driver from 1956 and during that time she placed third overall in the 1961 East African Safari Rally, one of the highest placings for a European driver at the time. She won the Coupes des Dames in Monte Carlo in 1954 and 1961 and also won the Alpine Cup during the 1950s. During her 98 international rallies, she remains the only lady driver to have driven a Rover works car, racing alongside a young Roger Clarke in the 1960s. She is also one of only two women to have represented Britain in a men's team, at the international Dutch Tulip Rally in the 1950s.

In 1966, Anne Hall retired from professional rally driving and set up a driving school in Huddersfield, which she ran until two years before her death. However, she was tempted out of retirement in 1988 to compete in historic rallying. her son David, who has also been rally driving, said: "Mother was about 70 at the time and she shocked everybody by driving extremely fast in a Ford Anglia."

Hall competed in several historic rally events during the 1980s and 1990s. She competed in the first Pirelli Classic Marathon in the 1980s, winning the ladies' prize. She tackled the race again in 1991. In 1992, she took on the Mitsubishi Classic Marathon and the Pan Pacific rally in New Zealand. She completed the 1996 FIVA world rally from Edinburgh and won the ladies' prize in the 1996 Pirelli Classic Marathon. That year, she also received the Ecurie Cod Fillet Trophy for her achievements as a rally driver.

Anne Hall passed away in 2003 aged 83.

Lucille Cardwell was a Kenyan-based driver during the 1950s and 1960s. She specialised in African rallies, as a navigator and driver. She won some ladies' track championships in Kenya in the late 1950s then, as navigator, she came third in Class E of the 1961 Safari, partnering driver Anne Hall of the UK. They competed again together in 1965. Lucille also co-drove for her husband on occasion. As a driver, she was fourth overall in 1964, driving a Mercedes with Jill Lead. She was also one of the Unsinkable Seven in the 1968 African Safari Rally, driving a Nissan Cedric (Datsun) and bettering the 21st place of the preceding year when driving, with her husband Jack, in a Nissan Cedric 2000.

This version of the Ford is adorned with the racing number 85 in black lettering on the side doors and the driver and navigator's names on the front wings, just in front of the doors. There are no opening parts on this model but it does have a number of chromed enhancements, such as the grill and front and rear bumpers. The model is further enhanced with silver window surrounds, windscreen wipers (2), side trim and door handles.

It has a fixed bonnet, boot, and doors. The bonnet is adorned with a front numberplate [ KGW 487 ] in white lettering on a black background. The front headlights are represented by clear lenses set into a black insert. Above the front windscreen is the word "ENGLAND" in black lettering. Below the competitors' names is a small orange triangle, possibly representing a small badge or emblem. The rear lights are represented by painted red and orange panels. On the boot is a rear numberplate in black and white and a small silver circle representing the chromed lock on the boot lid.

The interior is red plastic with a right hand drive, red plastic steering wheel and dashboard. The glazing is clear with molded wipers and a rear view mirror and the window frame is picked out in silver.

All wheels have simulated hubs - solid, one piece black plastic with a silver "hub cap" center and with separate black "rubber" tyres.

The base plate is black painted metal and is marked with "Made in CHINA" behind the rear wheels (the word CHINA being on a raised block due to modification of the die) and "CORGI" in the centre top and "Ford Zephyr Mk 2" at the centre bottom. The baseplate casting also has cast drive shaft, suspension and exhaust system. It is held in place with two machined rivets.

This model was issued January 1992.

 

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