19 November 2021
Vehicle specialist, Manchetts, operates a fleet of recovery units that certainly stand out on the road. Rick Wilson details a new-for-2021 model release by Search Impex.
The original Manchetts company was started in 1961, by George Manchett, mainly undertaking agricultural and machinery repairs, plus a small amount of motor fuel sales at what is now the company’s head office in Burwell, Cambridgeshire. The modern incarnation of Manchett’s is now a 4th generation family business and the group of companies encompasses everything automotive with car and commercial dealerships, an accident repair centre, vehicle hire and vehicle recovery.
Manchetts Recovery in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk specialises in damage free recovery. The team of technicians and operators that run and take care of these vehicles are passionate about them and the job they do. Manchetts provide 24/7 rescue and recovery for all vehicle breakdown solutions across Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, whilst also boasting the brightest green and yellow livery around. With a fleet of over fifty commercial and light recovery vehicles, ranging from service vans and car recovery units to heavy duty low loaders, crane rotator recovery vehicles and specialist off road winching units, Manchetts are well-equipped to serve the needs of anyone unfortunate enough to breakdown or be involved in an incident on the area’s roads. Manchetts also service police and fire department contracts in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, as well as facilitating nationwide recovery.
To mark the occasion of Manchetts Recovery’s 60th anniversary, in 2021, the company commissioned much-respected truck model specialists, Search Impex, to replicate one of its heavy recovery trucks, a Volvo FMX (6x4) with registration AD19 ODK, in a limited edition run at 1/50 scale. Produced exclusively for Search Impex by WSI Models, each of the 255 models produced comes packaged in an eye-catching, bespoke window display box.
Packed with plenty of detail, this stunning diecast replica is exquisite. Customised in the colourful Manchetts yellow and green livery, the list of features is extensive:
• Tipping cab
• Poseable wheels on steering axle
• Finely detailed handles on side locker cabinets
• Working lifting boom (can be raised and lowered)
• Extendable telescopic beam
• Independent working winches (x2)
• Working wheel lift frame – folds down and is extendable (with attachable lift frame accessory)
• Rear towing hitch accessory can be fitted
• Working rear gripper feet (can be put down to the ground) to give truck traction and stability when winching and lifting
Accurately replicated wheels with a polished finish, fitted with realistic rubber tyres.
The finish to this very heavy model is truly outstanding, with the complex graphics perfectly executed and applied. The long list of features above, and the quality of the model’s manufacture, all add up to a superb replica. All in all, this is a spectacular model and rightfully deserves a place in any collection of modern trucks.
Priced at £146 each, which includes VAT, models will be delivered, fully insured, by Royal Mail Special Delivery for an additional £8.95.
For details of availability please email [email protected] or call on 07375 112344.