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Category: Base Toys

Base Toys, Leyland FG, Commer Karrier

by Peter
Categories: Austin, Base Toys, Commer, Diecast models, Karrier, Leyland, Trucks
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Base Toys have been around a while now and have been released by a company in Hong Kong mainly aimed at the model railway collectors, finding out anything about the company however has proved almost impossible.
Base Toys are now known as BT Models according to many websites but little else is known.

This first model is the Leyland FG and I found it at a boot sale for a few pounds and really impressed with the detail, these certainly give the likes of Oxford Diecast and Corgi Trackside models a run for their money and generally seem to be trucks and cars other makers have neglected to produce.

I have no number or dates for this model but is believed to be an obsolete version although other Leyland FG models are still in the current line up, these are all 1:76 scale.

To try and find out more about the maker, I bought a new boxed Commer Karrier and again really pleased with it, the detail has improved on this later issue model and has tiny wing mirrors fitted and has glass headlights rather than painted on.


I do however have a number for this one and is D-95, the box tells me little else other than made in Hong Kong, they are around about the same cost as Oxford Diecast.


Overall though good quality models in 1:76 scale and a great addition to any model railway layout or diecast collection.

So Base Toys, whoever you are, if you have a website let me know and I will link to it!

The real trucks

Leyland FG

As well as the well known cars Austin also made commercial vehicles, one of which was the FG, previously the Morris FG. The FG was the workhorse that kept Britain running in the 1960s. These Austin FGs and later the Leyland FGs all had petrol or diesel longstroke engines, producing good torque, but very little in the way of speed (40 mph was a good speed out of these vehicles).

The Morris FG (and its Austin S200 sibling) went into production in 1960, differing only in badges and grilles. Their unique cab design tapered towards the rear and had rear-hinged doors which could be opened without projecting beyond the vehicle sides. Below the windscreen corner glass panels helped drivers to park in confined spaces. The FG was designed from weights of 30cwt up to 5-tonnes, and replaced models from both FE and LC ranges.

Commer Karrier


Commer was a British manufacturer of commercial vehicles which existed from 1905 until 1979.

In 1926, after being in receivership several times, Commer was taken over by Humber, which in 1931 became part of the Rootes Group.

The Commer name was replaced by the Dodge name during the 1970s following the takeover of Rootes by Chrysler Europe. After Peugeot purchased Chrysler Europe in 1978, the Commer factory was run in partnership with the truck division of Renault, Renault Trucks. It continued to produce the Dodge commercial truck range for some time, with Renault badges and a small amount of product development, eventually these were cancelled in favour of mainstream Renault models and switching production at the factory to production of Renault truck and bus engines in the early 1990s.

Commer acquired the Karrier company as part of Rootes acquisition of Karrier in 1934. In the early 1960s production moved to Dunstable where Commer, Dodge (UK) and Karrier were all brought together.

The Karrier trademark is now owned by Peugeot.

Text from Wikipedia