Corgi 97695 Abingdon Set

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This limited edition set (4000 produced world-wide) is the Corgi 97695 Abingdon Set comprising a Morris J Van and two MGAs. There are no opening parts on any of the three vehicles.

The Morris J van is beautifully done in a dark green body with wheel guards in black. The front of the vehicle has a black radiator grill with simulated chrome grill surround. The front lights are represented by clear lenses set into headlights moulded on the wheel guards. The front indicators are represented by white painted dots just below the lenses. Front and rear number plates [LBL 404] have been created in silver and black. The glazing is clear all round with the windscreen wipers being represented by moulded indents on the screen picked out in silver.

On the sides of the van the BMC signage has been faithfully copied in gold "BMC - (logo) - BMC" with four lines of text that read "Competitions Dept., ABINGDON on THAMES, BERKSHIRE, ENGLAND". The sides are completed by painting the correct tyre pressures, in white above each wheel on the black wheel guard, "22" front and "30" rear, and by representing the petrol cap, door handles and semaphore trafficators through the use of silver in the appropriate spots. Likewise the rear of the vehicle has the door hinges picked out in silver and the gold "BMC" brdges the two doors.

The interior of the Morris J van is black plastic with a right hand drive black plastic steering wheel mounted at an appropriate angle. The base plate is black painted metal and reads Corgi at the centre top, "Morris J Type" a the centre bottom and "Made in China" just behind the rear axle. It also contains a minimalist representation of the gearbox, drive shaft and differential and the exhaust system. The base plate is fixed by a front body locator lug and a single rear machined rivet.

The first of the MGAs is red with the racing number 38. The model boasts chromed plastic bumpers, front and rear, a chromed plastic grill, and the headlights are represented by two chromed "buttons" with a cross hatch pattern. Front and rear number plates [MBL 867] have been created in silver and black. The front windscreen and side windows have been picked out in silver to represent the chromed surrounds and the windscreen wipers are silver painted, moulded raise surfaces on the front windcreen. All glazing is clear plastic. The vehicle top is black and the rear of the model carries an accurate MG "badge" and "GB".

The interior of this MGA is also black plastic with a right hand drive, black plastic steering wheel. The base plate is black painted metal which reads Corgi at the centre top, "MGA 1600 MK I" on two lines at the centre bottom and "Made in China" behind the rear axle. It also carries a very rudimentary outline of the "chassis" and driveshaft and a separate chromed plastic exhaust system has been fitted. The base plate is fixed by the usual two machined rivets, front and rear.

The second of the MGAs is white with the racing number 394. The model boasts chromed plastic bumpers, front and rear, a chromed plastic grill, and the headlights are represented by two chromed "buttons" with a cross hatch pattern. Front and rear number plates [MJB 191] have been created in silver and black. The front windscreen and side windows have been picked out in silver to represent the chromed surrounds and the windscreen wipers are silver painted, moulded raise surfaces on the front windcreen. All glazing is clear plastic. The vehicle top is black and the rear of the model carries an accurate MG "badge" and "GB".

The interior of this MGA is red plastic with a right hand drive, red plastic steering wheel. The base plate is black painted metal which reads Corgi at the centre top, "MGA 1600 MK I" on two lines at the centre bottom and "Made in China" behind the rear axle. It also carries a very rudimentary outline of the "chassis" and driveshaft and a separate chromed plastic exhaust system has been fitted. The base plate is fixed by the usual two machined rivets, front and rear.

All wheels on the three vehicles are of a "chromed hub" type - one piece chromed plastic hubs, with separate "rubber" tyres. The van has simulated hubcaps, the two MGAs have simulated wire spoke wheels.

This set of models was issued as a limited edition set in August 1992. Corgi produced only 4,000 sets world wide.

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