20 August 2012
MGB 50th anniversary set among latest releases ...
Corgi has sent over details of some new models in its Vanguards range. The pieces are available now for a range of prices, costing between £19.99 and £38.99. First up, we've got the 1/43 scale MGB 50th Anniversary Set - Iris Blue and Bronze Metallic (MG1002), which is a limited edition and features new tooling.
MGB production commenced in May 1962 and it launched in September the same year. The first car, chassis 101 as modelled here, was kept for press and publicity work. The last of the 512,243 MGBs manufactured came off the line in 1980, ten years later than initially envisaged. The Bronze Metallic MGB features revised rubber front and rear bumpers, a lower front LE spoiler, 5-spoke alloy wheels and a revised later model interior. This set includes the first and last MGBs produced.
Next, Corgi is releasing the Ford Escort MkII RS, Mexico Signal Amber (VA12603), which is also a limited edition in 1/43 scale. The Escort Mexico nameplate survived in the MkII range but the car lost the 1600 cross flow OH V engine. Instead, a smaller 1600cc version of the RS 2000s Pinto engine was used producing an appealing budget performance car. The Ford Escort replica features detailed interior and realistic headlights.
The third limited edition release is a Ford Sierra RS Cosworth Rosso Red, Duke of Bedford (VA11704) in 1/43 scale. Ford offered the Sierra Cosworth in only three colours, Diamond White, Moonstone Blue and Black. However, one Rosso Red example was made and initially used for press and publicity before being loaned on a long-term basis to the Duke of Bedford. It was sold to well-known racing driver Vince Woodman in December 1988.
Finally, you can pick up the Ford Cortina MkIV 2.0S Signal Yellow (VA11905). For more details on each of the models, check the Corgi website.