Corgi 275-B-1 Austin Mini Metro - A British Car for a Royal Occasion

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This model is the Corgi 275-B-1 Austin Mini Metro in purple in a special promo release box that was timed to coincide with the Royal Wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer. [Note: Manzke codes it B-1, Force et al code it B-2]

The car has opening front door and opening rear hatch. On both front doors is printed the Royal Wedding logo in silver below which is the date 1981 and a silver stripe. The exterior boasts front and rear black plastic bumpers. The front bumper is molded to include number plate and radiator grill. Either side of the front bumper are the lights, represented by silver/chromed plastic inserts.

The interior is a light creamy coloured plastic with a right hand drive, black plastic steering wheel that has been inserted into the light cream dashboard (instrument panel). The glazing is clear with the front screen imprinted with a representation of two windscreen wipers and the interior rear vision mirror. The rear screen has horizontal lines cast to represent a rear demister and it also carried a representation of the rear window wiper.

All wheels are of the "speed wheel" type - hollow one piece plastic with a "chromed" patterned "hub" in the center.

The base plate is black plastic and is marked in front of the front wheels "Made in GT Britain", at the centre top with corgi and at the bottom centre "Austin Mini Metro 1.3 HLS". The base is also molded to represent a basic drive train and exhaust system. It is held in place with two rivets.

This model was issued to British Leyland in June 1981 to coincide with the Royal Wedding.

Item: 1376