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Essex Models and Miniatures archive
Crescent Toys are probably better known for their older models from the mid sixties and earlier, between 1975 and 1980 a series of diecast trucks based on the French Berliet were produced, little information is available on these or the model range, therefore only what I know as fact has been added to this article.
It all started with the Crescent concrete mixer.
I do like the simplicity of these models, along with Lone Star and Triang of the time, many makers followed a generic route although it has been said these Crescent trucks are based on the French Berliet trucks as already mentioned.
Using the same basic chassis a selection of pickup type trucks were also produced, two of them seen below.
The military cargo truck would of had a moulded plastic canvas cover. and could of been numbered as 1260.
The exhausts are very susceptible to being broken off.
The trucks also have a plastic drop down tailgate, I have seen another coloured version in lime green.
The Recovery crane is the fourth one I have and was also in the military green, this would of has black gas bottles in the recess holes in the back, seen below.
All the number plate are the same CTC 53N making it 1975.
In 1980, Crescent Toys was bought up by DCMT and the name disappeared.
Updated; There was also a tipper although as yet I haven’t found one, a picture of an old Ebay listing has been found on Google (see below).
Another generic truck from the same production period, 1975, is shown below, this is so far the only version I’ve seen, even has the same number plate as the models above.
The actual casting is Lledo but these have been re-branded as Corgi and no doubt meant for sale in Europe going by the decals, Berliet is a French made truck and this one is based on a 1950′s / 1960′s GLR chassis.
Scale wise, well, it fits well with a known 1:72 scale car so would guess it is meant to be around 1:72/ 1:76.
The box body looks a bit oversize but I would think this would of been to fit the promotional logo’s this vehicle was no doubt intended for.
I have bought a batch of 6 of these Lledo Berliet trucks and intend using them as code 3 projects, in most cases losing the box body.
The real truck
The Berliet GLR truck became the first new post-war product.
Presented by Berliet in October 1949 and produced until 1977.
In 1917, Berliet started to build trucks for the French Army. The company produced 40 trucks a day. Passenger car production ceased in 1939 and after World War II, the company produced trucks only.
In 1967, Berliet was taken over by Citroen.
By this time, Michelin owned both Citroen and Berliet. However, after the 1973 oil crisis, Michelin decided to divest itself of these two companies in order to concentrate on its tyre business. Thus, in 1974 Berliet was sold to Renault. Eventually the Berliet name was phased out and another French marque came to an end.