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Essex Models and Miniatures archive
It’s been a year since my last visit to this toy fair in Brentwood, this time I didn’t actually buy much but the models I did buy fill a few gaps.
The Matchbox collection has always been the main focus and still trying to fill the gaps in the collection along with upgrading some of the playworn versions I have.
Firstly the Matchbox Jaguar 3.4 litre number 65, this is the smaller casting designated 65a with grey wheels and no glass, although most were blue the metallic blue is not as common.
The later casting with opening bonnet and usually dark red also numbered 65 would of been designated 65b, this one is already part of my collection, was also available with black wheels
Next another Matchbox. and another I didn’t have, the red version of the Fiat 1500 number 56.
Quite rare as was only available in a Matchbox garage gift set G1.
For more on the Matchbox Fiat 1500 Click Here
Next an upgrade of one of the Dinky Dublo vehicles the Morris post office van
This replaces a poor example I’ve had for years
Lastly another Triang tugster for the collection, this one in green, in mint condition and with it’s box
For more on this Triang model Click Here
I came across this Mk2 Jaguar today, one of two in a lot of diecast I have here that I am selling on behalf on an ex-collector, I have had to have one for myself, this is as good as some of the Vanguards.
Believed to be Corgi although no makers mark on the base but that’s not unusual for later Corgi issues, these are likely to of been sourced from a TV magazine or such like publication where much of this collectors diecast came from.
It’s a 1:43 scale car and earlier models didn’t have the wing mirrors or some of the finer details this one has and pleased to be able to add this to my own collection and comes complete with the correct number plate.
The real Inspector Morse Jaguar below
The Real Mk2 Jaguar
The Jaguar Mark 2 is a medium-sized saloon car built from late 1959 to 1967 by the Jaguar company in Coventry, England. For the last 12 months before announcement of the XJ6 they were re-labelled Jaguar 240 and Jaguar 340. The previous Jaguar 2.4 and 3.4 models made between 1955 and 1959 have been identified as Mark 1 Jaguars since Jaguar produced this Mark 2 model.
For more on the Mark 2 Jaguar Click Here
The Jaguar SS100 is a later addition the the Matchbox Superfast range and added in 1982 the the 1-75 range with the number 47, this model is underated by many small scale Matchbox collectors along with the Ford Model A series but I think they are fantastic models.
I have two, one in green with a red bonnet and one completely red.
These also come in dark blue with a grey/silver bonnet, they were finally removed from production around 1987.
My red one is marked Lesney England, whereas the green one is marked Thailand and Matchbox Toys Ltd.
The last of the production run, the blue version, was made in Macau.
Back in 1977 Matchbox also did a Yesteryear Jaguar SS100.
Matchbox also released a plastic kit in 1:32 scale.
The real car
The SS Cars Ltd Model 100 “Jaguar” was so named as the ’100′ reflected the capability of the 3.5-litre model to exceed 100 mph – then a remarkable speed for a production vehicle. In common with many products of the thirties, the adoption of an animal name was deemed appropriate, and once approved by Bill Lyons the name “Jaguar” was given to a new saloon car in 1936, and from that point to all the cars. .
The SS in the Jaguar model numbers stood for the company that started Jaguar, Swallow Sidecars‘
For lots more pictures of the SS100 Click Here
For more on the Jaguar SS100 Click Here
Corgi Rockets were probably best known by their bright chrome like colours and were a step beyond the Whizzwheels and Superfast wheels of the time.
I only have a few of these so have created one article based on my models, these are also refered to as the 900 series because most are numbered from 900 upwards and started out as a small range of seven cars and was released in 1969 and after a battle with Mattel over copyright issues stopped production in 1971, in mint condition and in original packaging these can command very high prices.
The first is the Jaguar XJ6, No 902, this has the classic chrome paint finish in green and has an opening boot and was released in 1969, this had been adapted from an old Husky casting (Jaguar XJ6 No39) and was also in the Corgi Juniors range.
Next is the Cadillac Eldorado, No907, again the chrome like finish and again an old Husky casting (Husky No9) , this had an opening bonnet and also made as a Corgi Juniors.
There was also the Aston Martin DB6, No901 that came from the Husky castings, the remaining initial models were new designs, later to be added to the Corgi Juniors range:
No903 Mercedes Benz 280SL, No904 Porsche Carrera 6, No905 The Saint’s Volvo P1800, No906 Jensen Interceptor.
See also Corgi Rockets Carabo
Corgi Rockets had die-cast metal bases that featured a central channel where a separate black nylon chassis, that also held the wheel and axle assembly, would fit.
The chassis could be removed using a “Golden Tune Up Key” – a gold coloured metal tool which was supplied with each model that featured a simple key at one end to unlock the chassis from the base of the model, and a tool at the other end to remove the axles from the chassis. As such, the models could be “tuned up” and the axles lubricated using a separately available “Rocketlube” lightweight oil dispenser in the form of a felt tip pen. The “Golden Tune Up Key” supplied with each model was also labeled with the name of the individual model.
Extra kits were also available with extra wheels chassis and key.
All the models in the Corgi Rockets range also featured in the Corgi Juniors range, as well as some of the models carried over from the Husky range. A Jaguar E-Type 2+2 was featured in both Corgi Juniors and Husky ranges, but the earlier Husky version was a different casting to the Corgi Juniors version, which also featured an opening bonnet. The Corgi Juniors range was priced to compete with Matchbox models whilst the Corgi Rockets range sold for a higher price comparable (in the UK) with Mattel’s Hot Wheels. The Rockets range met with early success and was voted Boys’ Toy of the Year for 1971 by British toy industry journal Toy Trader.