RexToys [Fr] #54 Ford V8 2 Door Coupe - Fire Chief

Rextoys is a toy manufacturer that is no longer in business. In their day, they made a range of vintage 1:43 scale vehicles in various liveries, including some that were military related. Originally their models came packaged in an attractive maroon outer package containing and acrylic display case with black base. Later packaging just consisted of an acrylic display case and base. A history of the company can be found here as part of my Manufacturer Histories section.

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This model is the RexToys [France] #54 1935 Ford V8 2 Door Coupe in red Fire Chief livery with black, simulated fabric, roof panel. The model has no opening features and consists of 4 main casting components (body,spare wheel, baseplate and front and rear bumper casting) and a number of small cast parts such as the bell, spot lights and grille.

At the front, the grille is represented by a chromed metal casting that is set into the body casting. The headlights are cast into the wheel arches (mudguards) and have pained lenses, blue on the right and red on the left. In the centre is a metal frame from which hangs the bell. The bumpers (front and rear) are on a separate chrome casting which doubles as a representation of the chassis, engine sump and gearbox, drive shaft and rear axle. The front windscreen has a chromed surround that also contains a single, top mounted, windscreen wiper. The top of the bonnet carried the letters "C.F.D." in gold letters on each side. The side bonnet louvres are painted in the same red as the body colour. At the sides the doors are cast into the cab area and carry the words "Chief, 24th Battalion" in gold lettering. At the rear is a spare wheel casting with the rear lights and numberplate being small cast components fitted to the wheel arches. On each side running board is a black "rubber" pad, part of the model's metal black baseplate.

The interior is all white plastic, with a black plastic, left hand drive, steering wheel. All glazing is clear.

The baseplate on this model is a simple flat casting clearly marked "Ford V8 1935, 1/43" on two lines at the centre top, REXTOYS®" at the centre bottom and "Fabrique en France" on two lines at the bottom rear, just in front of the rear axle.

All wheels are cast metal - one piece cast metal, spoked hub and separate rubber tyre, painted in the body colour and mounted on painted steel axles. A chromed "V8" hub cap finishes off the wheels.

I do not know when this model was first issued.

Item: 2026