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Saladin armoured car

by Peter
Categories: Alvis, Crescent, Diecast models, Matchbox, Military vehicles
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Many diecast makers had a range of  military vehicles and some included the Saladin armoured car 6×6, the first one is an early Matchbox Lesney model, No67, released in 1959.

Many used models have the gun snapped off but you can still find good examples.

The much larger Crescent Saladin below also has a working gun activated by the lever seen on the top of the turret.

The Crescent number was 1263, release date unknown.

Crescent Toys a British toy manufacturing company in operation from 1922 to 1980, after World War II Crescent stamped its products DCMT for Die Cast Machine Tools, later to become Lone Star this armoured car has no markings other than ‘Made in England’ stamped on the base.

Both of my Saladin’s side by side

The real armoured car

The Saladin was the armoured car of Alvis’ FV600 series, using similar suspension and drive train components to the Saracen armoured personnel carrier, Stalwart High Mobility Load Carrier and Salamander fire tender. It is named after the warrior Saladin, Alvis using names beginning with an “S” for the whole range of FV600 vehicles.

For a larger picture of the real Saladin and other military vehicles Click Here