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One of the diecast models I have been after for a while is an original Corgi Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, I do believe this was re-issued in 1991 as a 25th Anniversary edition.
I was lucky enough to receive both the original Corgi and Husky version from my partner for my birthday this month so here are a few details and pictures.
The Corgi Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was numbered 266 and released in 1968 and was produced for four years until 1972.
The wings on the sides flick out at the touch of the handbrake and the fore and aft wings clip on.
The Husky version was numbered 1206, and only produced between 1968 and 1969.
The side wings even fold up on this model too.
The following picture shows both the above models together.
The real car
Wikipedia: “For the film version, six cars were created, including a fully functional road going car, GEN 11. This car was designed by the film’s production designer Ken Adam and cartoonist and sculptor Frederick Roland Emett built by Alan Mann Racing in Hertfordshire in 1967, fitted with a Ford 3000 V6 engine and automatic transmission and allocated a genuine UK registration: GEN 11. This car has been in the private ownership of Pierre Picton of Stratford Upon Avon since the early 1970s”
The Ford D series pre-dates the Ford Cargo and was as common on the British road as the Bedford TK in the 1960′s
Matchbox used this Ford truck for some of it’s trucks starting with the King Size range.
First we have one of the oldest, the Ford tractor unit with Dyson low loader complete with it’s Case tractor load, Matchbox number K17.
Released in about 1967 with a red Case tractor, my orange Case tractor is from a later set with Superfast wheels, the later Superfast version had a lime green Dyson trailer and a red Ford tractor unit, this was designated as a D800.
Using the same Ford D800 tractor unit, the K20 Tasker transporter with it’s tractor load also was released about the same time as the Dyson low loader, it came with three Matchbox tractors No39, again mine is a made up set and includes three different Ford tractor colour versions.
The Ford D series continued into the Superfast era and both the above models were included albeit different colours and renamed Superkings.
In 1978 Matchbox released K19, a Ford D series as a security truck, these came complete with gold bullion load and cart.
The trucks rear door has a combination lock and these came in various liveries, the two below are ‘Group 4′ and ‘Fort Knox’
In 1981, the security truck was released as K88 and had the addition of a slot in the roof of the body and sold as a money box, the versions I’ve seen have a red cab and black glass along with a Matchbox sticker and the wording ‘Save your money with me’.
In 1979 another truck was released, this is K40 and just called ‘Ford D Series’ no doubt many other body options were planned for the chassis, the cab is the same casting as the above security trucks and this would be classed as a curtain side truck with the Pepsi livery and comes with a loaded pallet.
On a smaller scale Matchbox also released a few Ford D Series in the 1-75 series, below we have No70, grit spreading truck released in 1966 and No7, Refuse truck released in 1967, both of these changed to Superfast in 1970 and withdrawn in 1972.
Husky also had a few Ford D Series trucks, below is the low loader, No2003 and came with No23 loader shovel, you can find our previous article on this set Here . Husky also made a car transporter with this cab unit, No2002 and a Articulated Removal Van, No 2004
Corgi Juniors also released one and called this the Ford D1000, number 54, although not an accurate depiction of the D series.
The real Ford D series trucks
The Ford D-Series was a range of middle weight trucks introduced by Ford of Britain in 1965. It replaced the Thames Trader and appears to have been envisaged as a more modern competitor to the Bedford TK produced by General Motors’ UK truck subsidiary.
In 1965 the range covered rigid trucks with gross weights from 5.2 to 12.75 British tons, and tippers from 10.8 to 12.75 tons. Higher gross weights became available with the subsequent introduction of versions featuring twin rear axles and articulated models were also quickly added to the range.
For more on the Ford D series Click Here
Skip lorries, it seems, have been around forever but didn’t really hit the streets in the UK until the 60′s
Diecast makers have made many trucks over the years a few are below.
Firstly we have the Matchbox Superkings number K28 and released in 1977 and based on a Bedford TM truck chassis
Much later in 1985 this truck evolved into a Leyland truck using the same skip body and the same skip, this is number K123 and has vastly improved wheels with front steering, although the amber roof beacons seem to be lost in the holes provided in the casting
On the smaller scale Matchbox created a Ford Cargo skip truck and made available in different colour versions, numbered MB45 and with later type wheels, released in 1986 and made in Thailand.
An earlier Matchbox skip truck was a rather futuristic design and numbered 37 and released back in 1977, this one is still easy to get in many different colours.
Below an early Husky skip truck based on the Bedford TK and complete with a diecast skip, this was numbered as 27 and Released in 1964 and withdrawn in 1969, it was briefly part of the Corgi Juniors range too.
Corgi Juniors also made a Ford skip truck but this time based on the Ford D1000 from the 60′s, numbered 54 and listed as a Ford Container Truck.
And lastly one from the French diecast maker Majorette based on a Scania chassis, numbered 222 and listed as Multibenne
The real trucks
History of the skip
In 1914, Antoine Marrel, a Berthier car dealer at St-Etienne with a passion for mechanics, dedicated his time and skills to developing a lifting/hanging device. It was the beginning of a great story, and in 1919 The Societe Bennes Marrel was created. The company acquired its fame by launching the very first dumpster activated with cables and gallows.
The Marrel Multibenne or multibucket was designed by Antoine Marrel himself.
It was in the 1960s that the skip as we know it came into its own, beginning its 50-year rise as the bulk waste disposal method of choice for both the domestic and the commercial markets.
Back in the early 1920s the shipping industry in Southport began to use a type of container that loosely resembled a skip and which was removed by a petrol-engine lorry as opposed to the horse-drawn refuse carts that were commonly used throughout the town. For most commercial waste disposal, however, tipper wagons remained the most common option. These were delivered to site by a team, which waited while it was hand or machine loaded before removing it again. The result, however, was the effective double handling of rubbish and the wasting of the delivery team’s time while the wagon was loaded.
By the time the 1960s arrived, the boom in real estate development coupled with an expanding industrial sector meant that volumes increased and time became precious, leading to the development of the modern day skip. These were originally developed in Germany and were adopted by a London company called George Cross & Co., which quickly set about introducing the concept to a ready and willing UK market.
The original skips came in a “one-size-fits-all” format of around six cubic yards and remained that way for many years until skip hire companies embraced the changing needs of the market and developed a range of sizes shapes to suit different uses and waste volumes.
Although a later Husky casting , this Martin Walter camper conversion of the Mk1 Ford Transit was continued into the Corgi Whizzwheels range, it’s original Husky number was 40 and fitted with the later metal wheels and tyres .
My one is a later Corgi Whizzwheels version and has the Whizzwheels fitted, the Husky version came in the blue above and also in yellow, pale green and red, and a light metallic blue has also been issued, the casting was produced around 1968.
The rear opening door was always a bare metal and usually missing on many models so harder to find one complete.
The real Camper
A Dormobile is a camper van modification by Martin Walter Ltd. Popular in the 1950s and 60s they are essentially a conversation of a car or van into a camper.
These modifications usually consist of a fiberglass roof which provides extra sleeping space and they often also have windows in them to let in light. Often the roof would be hinged at the side and a folded tent of fabric would expand into the space. As models got more sophisticated they were fitted with more separate sleeping compartments. Most vehicles also have a caravan style interior with seats fitted and cooking appliances.
The first Dormobiles were made from Bedford CA vans but they became so popular that they were applied to other makes and models of car and vans.
Although, the conversion was originally carried out by Martin Walter Ltd the word Dormobile has become a generic name for this type of conversion.
Some Dormobile experts claim that only a camper conversion carried out by Martin Walter Ltd can be classed as a true Dormobile and are easily spotted by the riveted metal ID plate fitted to the car. However, for others the name has become synonymous with camper conversions, much like hoover is now a generic term for vacuum cleaners, and to them the term can be applied to any vehicle which has been converted using parts from the Martin Walter Ltd factory. This was sometimes done with conversion kits from the firm which were exported to be fitted by other companies – these were especially popular in the USA.
Information source http://www.dormobiles.co.uk/