Linemar GM PD-4501 Coach - Greyhound Scenicruiser

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This model is the Linemar General Motors PD-4501 Coach in Greyhound livery of dark blue and grey.

The model has a two-piece, pressed metal body, 142mm in length. It has been shaped with rudimentary representations of the body lines. There is no glazing - all the features are litho-printed onto the body. At the front are representations of the windows with driver and passengers, bumpers, headligths and yellow number plate with "1955" in black lettering. To the sides the passengers can be seen in each window. The lower sides are in silver-grey with blue "wheels" and hatch doors, while the upper body is mainly white with the greyhound logo and "Greyhound" in blue. The cab roof is dark blue with destination board and lights above the front window. The rear roof is predominantly white with three sun rooves. The rear has a yellow number plate with black lettering reading "1955" flanked by rear lights in red.

The original two part, pressed tin "steering" wheel is still on the model, as are the rubber rear wheels, mounted on a steel axles which passes into the friction drive motor. A crude sparking mechanism is also present on the inside of the body and operates when touching the friction drive motor as it turns.

The base plate is part of the lower body pressing and is shaped with strengthening panel around the friction drive motor. It has been litho-printed with details on operating the 'steering" wheel and with the manufacturer's marks.

I do not know exactly when this item was issued but believe it to be between 1950 and 1959.

Item: 4509