RexToys [Fr] #69 Packard Super Eight Sedan - California Highway Patrol

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] #69 1940 Packard Super Eight Sedan in white and black California Highway Patrol livery. While the model is simply described as a Super Eight, it appears to represent the 1940 Packard Super Eight 120 Club Sedan rather than the Formal Sedan that Rextoys also modeled. It too was described in the official Rextoys brochure as a "Touring Sedan". It has no opening features and consists of 4 main casting components (body, wheel arches/mudguards and front and rear of "baseplate", middle of baseplate/running boards and front and rear bumper casting) and a number of small cast parts such as the siren, lights and grille.

At the front, the grill is represented by a chromed metal casting that is set into the body casting. Above the grill is a miniature photo-etched(?) hood ornament which may be trying to represent the cormorant hood ornament, but certainly is the wrong shape for the "Goddess" style ornament. The headlights are separate castings fitted on pins cast as part of the wheel arches (mudguards) and have a chrome "lens". On the left mudguard sits a red and chrome light/siren. Below these sit two chrome panels also set into the body casting.

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 and differential. The front and rear bumpers carry the appropriate red dots (not sure if these were lights or just red "badges" on the real car) and the rear is impressed with the "Packard" name. The front windscreen has a chromed surround but no windscreen wipers. On the right hand side is a small chromed component that I believe is meant to represent a small spotlight. The side bonnet louvres are again separate cast pieces and include a small red representation of the 120 badge.

At the sides the four doors are cast into the cab area with the front doors carrying the California Highway Patrol logo that appears to be accurate for the period. The rear passenger doors are "suicide" doors (hinged at the rear with handle in the middle of the car). At the rear, the boot door and handle are cast into the body with the tail lights being cast into the wheel arches and the numberplate being a small cast component fitted to the body casting in the centre of the boot lid/door. On each side of the vehicle are running boards where the running board is supposed to be a black "rubber" pad that is formed as part of the model's middle baseplate.

The interior is all olive plastic, with grey, left hand drive, steering wheel and dash board (instrument panel). The interior is made of three castings, one for the dashboard, one for the front seat and one for the back seat. All glazing is clear.

The baseplate on this model is formed over two castings, the front third and rear third of the base are plain, flat parts of the wheel arch/mudguard casting with the middle third being a separate casting containing the running boards and clearly marked REXTOYS at the centre top, "Packard, Super Eight 1940" on two lines at the centre middle (just below the drive shaft) and "1/43 Made in France" on a single line at the centre bottom.

All wheels are cast metal - one piece cast metal, solid hub and separate rubber tyre, painted in black and mounted on painted steel axles. A chromed hub cap finishes off the wheels.

I do not know when this model was first issued.

Item: 1161