Corgi Toys 1956-73
437 Superior Ambulance with original box (amber lights)

437 Superior Ambulance with original box (amber lights)

120 GBP

This is the first type of Superior Ambulance and was issued from 1962 to 1965 in red and cream. This one has amber lights - a lovely example.

This example is almost as new, in lovely condition throughout and the silver paint looks just like chrome. The lights work too. It is the same device used for the first Commer Police Van, operated by a small cam that makes and breaks a contact as the rear axle turns. Modern AA batteries seem a very tight fit and the cam device is a bit stiff after 50 or so years but it is working! You may need to adjust the lamp from time to time to maintain its contact - I used to add a piece of silver paper to ensure a tight fit as the screw fit can loosen. Later blue and cream models have a different and more reliable mechanism.

The decals along the side windows usually get damaged as they are very delicate and get brittle with age. These have mostly gone on the left side windows..

The box is very good, clean and solid but is missing an inner flap and has a very small tear at one corner. Having said that, it is fresh and clean and still firm, not squashed.  The box is also listed with a model with amber lights. So, if that model is sold first this listing may have to be revised with, naturally, a lower price for the model alone.

Not easy to find in this condition, nor with a box.