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Husky, Guy Warrior

by Peter
Categories: Corgi Juniors, Diecast models, Guy, Husky, Matchbox, Trucks
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One of the most popular trucks made by Husky was the Guy Warrior, producing a tanker with three main liveries, a Shell tanker No14, a Milk tanker No17 and a military version No23.

The Husky line, introduced in 1964, was designed to compete in size with the “1-75 series” Matchbox, then the market leaders in small-scale vehicles. Husky cars and trucks were inexpensive and originally sold only at Woolworth’s stores at a price which undercut their rival. The first models featured dark gray one-piece plastic wheels and chromed plastic bases. These cheaper bases made the models lighter and less durable than the equivalent Matchbox cars. Still, their construction did allow for a simple suspension system to be installed by means of the axle being positioned to be sandwiched between the main base and a section of the plastic base which was cut away on three of sides to form a plastic tongue, which acted as a crude springing mechanism, this one of the main faults found on ‘playworn’ models when buying old Husky’s is broken suspension tabs.

Although all the earlier tankers were of the same casting a minor change did occur and can be seen above in the picture, the first issues had a quarter rear window and later this was removed.

In 1969 Husky re-designed and improved the quality of the models. Diecast metal bases, better suspension and two-piece separate hub and tyre wheels were fitted to upgrade existing models, both the tankers below are a later casting both have the diecast base but only one has the later wheels and tyres making the Esso tanker quite a rare example.

This casting is also has a bigger scale cab than the previous tankers and the name ‘Guy warrior ‘ has been removed from the base and now just says ‘tanker’.

The other casting using the Guy name was the coal truck No10, and sand trucks No 13, the sand truck was available in yellow or blue.

My blue one below had the Husky name removed and a sticker that names it a Corgi Junior with the later wheels and tyres this would of been around 1970 as the Husky name was phased out.

The Corgi Juniors name itself was phased out in the mid 1970′s.

The truck below are named as Guy Warrior but after extensive research it seem’s Guy never made a long bonnet version of the Warrior*, however they did build a tractor unit with a long bonnet called the Invincible, the Invincible also had the version like the Warrior cab above but was a heavier version of the Warrior chassis, so I guess Husky used ‘artistic license’ when designing this truck.

*As yet no reference on a rigid chassis, long bonneted version of either the Warrior or the Invincible is forthcoming, on that basis I believe it didn’t exist or failed in the lorry market.

Matchbox produced a car transporter based on the Guy Warrior issued in 1969 and numbered K8, although this was in production before the ‘Kingsize’ range and was formerly of the ‘Major pack’ range and known as M8

All Matchbox Guys had clear or light green tinted windows, Silver trim to the grille and headlights and white lettered decals with a black outline that read ‘Farnborough Measham’ and ‘Car Auction Collection’ on the sides of the trailer. The tractor unit and trailer were permanantly joined by a large rivet.
The first version had a turquoise cab with an orange trailer and orange wheel hubs which were fitted with grey plastic tyres, Soon black tyres replaced the grey ones and later red wheel hubs with black plastic tyres were fitted, The model was recoloured to yellow all over but at the time of the colour change some turquoise cabs were paired up with yellow trailers which is quite a hard version to find, The final version had a yellow cab and trailer.

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Guy claimed that that the ‘Warrior II’ range offered the largest payload, for the lightest weight, at the lowest price, this had a 14 ton chassis and either two, three or four axle configuration.

The Invincible was rated from 20 to 45 tons, the long bonneted version was only produced as a tractor unit*.

*As yet no reference on a rigid chassis, long bonneted version of either the Warrior or the Invincible is forthcoming, on that basis I believe it didn’t exist or failed in the lorry market.

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