Unknown A-2057 2 Door Sedan Car - AMBULANCE

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This model is an Unknown 2 Door Sedan Car in White Ambulance livery. The item is tinplate and with friction drive and has a numberplate marked A-2057 hidden behind the rear bumper.

The model has a one-piece, pressed metal body, 80mm in length. It has been shaped with rudimentary representations of the body lines. There is no glazing - all the features are lithographed onto the body. At the front are representations of the windows, head lights, side lights and grille, and blank numberplate hidden behind the front bumper. The bonnet carries a lithographed red cross bonnet emblem, air louvres and siren. To the sides there are outlines of the doors with door handles, red cross emblems on the lower doors, and the side body trim in blue. In each of the windows, front, rear and side, there are profiles of the driver and two or three passengers — there is only ONE passenger profile shown in the rear window but two DIFFERENT profiles for the rear passenger in the side windows — one is wearing an all white uniform, the other is wearing a blue uniform with white cap. The front seat driver (on the left of the car) is wearing an all blue uniform and the front seat passenger is wearing an all white uniform. The roof is white with a large red cross. The rear carries a lithographed "Ambulance" sign, red text on a white background and below the boot is a black "Foreign"* and below this is a yellow numberplate with black lettering reading "A-2057", flanked by red tail lights and all hidden behind the tinplate rear bumper.

Only two of the original four wheels are present. The front wheels and axle are missing. The rear black plastic/rubber wheels are attached to a steel axle that runs through a friction drive motor (still working).

The baseplate is a single piece, shaped, pressed tin unit. It has been attached to the body by two body tabs which pass through the baseplate and are then folded over. The edges have been rolled to cover the edges of the body and the front and rear bumpers are formed from the baseplate and folded up at the front and rear. It appears to be unplated or painted. There are no manufacturer's marks or country of origin on the base.

I do not know exactly when this item was issued but believe it to be between 1950 and 1970 due to the shape of the vehicle and the use of the word "FOREIGN" (common on Japanese and Far Eastern items following World War II due to the anti Japanese/Far East sentiment prevalent in the West).

Item: 2849