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Rainbow Toys, Mercedes 307D van

by Peter
Categories: Diecast models, Mercedes, Rainbow Toys, TV & Film, Vans
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This is a maker I have never heard of before but created a set of diecast cars and vans for the British TV series Dempsey and Makepeace, one of them was this Mercedes van.

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Dempsey & Makepeace (1984–86) Is a British television crime drama made by London Weekend Television for ITV.

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The base of the Mercedes van is dated 1984. and also has the letters ‘LWT’ (London Weekend Television) the set contained Mercedes 307D van, Mercedes 500SL, Ford Granada 2.8GL MK2 and Ford Escort Cabriolet 1.6i. All toys were made in Macau.

Now I didn’t know any of this when I bought the van, I just like vans and trucks, so this was bought as a restoration project, as it was tatty and cheap, , it may now remain as it is until I find a better version.

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The real vans

A still from the actual TV series with the van in shot.

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The TN/T1 van model series included 207 D, 208, 307 D and 308. They debuted in April 1977. The original line was composed of two engines and four weight classes.

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The TN/T1 was a durable vehicle, available as a minibus or fitted with a cargo box body or flat cargo bed. A double cab version was offered in the latter two configurations. Three wheel bases were available, with gross weight ratings ranging from 2.55 to 4.6 tonnes. Mercedes-Benz-built gasoline or diesel engines were available as powerplant options for the rear-wheel drive chassis. The best known 4×4 Versions of the Mercedes TN/T1 were made by Iglhaut by adjusting parts of the G-Wagen to the TN/T1-chassis. The TN/T1 van was also used as a campervan conversion, being much larger than the Volkswagen Transporter. Its closest European competitors were the Volkswagen LT and the Ford Transit. In 1995, after 18 years of production, the TN/T1 van series was discontinued, succeeded by the T1N “Sprinter”.

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