214M Ford Thunderbird Hard Top
This is an example of a rare version from the very early Corgi catalogue. The Thunderbird with a Mechanical motor came out in March 1959 but these ceased to be made in 1959 so it is one of the short-lived models and didn’t sell that well either in this form - even less than the Golden Hawk, around 72,000 it is said.
The pink and black model is always the M version, the freewheeling one being pea green and cream. The pink and black is a combination that I don’t recall seeing on any other vehicle, real or 1:48 scale! It certainly stands out and the paintwork is in pretty reasonable condition. It just has loss on the edges where you’d expect and a few light marks on the bonnet. Generally, though, this is good.
Good conditions examples are expensive, if you can find any. This one has clear windows - a hairline scratch in the front screen but they’re clean too. That is unusual as the oil from the mechanism often tended to spray around inside and it would be virtually impossible to clean. It is, indeed, original, though from what I can tell so that’s quite impressive and encourages me to ask a little more despite the mechanism being stuck. I don’t want to force the motor and wreck something and, to be honest, doubt whether any future owner will be running it anyway!
The rear tyres are intact - important as they look impossible to change with those low rear panels!
A nice scarce model.