458 ERF Earth Dumper Truck
Mr Foden must have done some deal with the Corgi people and persuaded them to switch from Commer for their bigger commercial items. So there are five ERFs: 456, the dropside lorry, 457 the platform lorry, this one, 459, a Moorhouses van (more like a truck to me!) And 460 is a weird cement tipper thing.
458 is the dumper truck and is a good old solid affair with double supports for the rear section that lifts and stays nicely in position, even after 60 years! This has the earliest style of fixed smooth hubs and all the tyres are good, including the spare.
The paintwork is excellent. These usually got pretty rough treatment but this has only minor nicks on the wheel arches. There is some silver on the door handles which look odd and may have been added afterwards. The tipper section has a few chips in its rich yellow paint and a massive run on the floor. That looks like a factory thin, the colour being exactly the same and there is no other evidence of painting. Indeed, one would have expected the chips to have been touched in if that had been the case! I am certain that this is all original. A dirty mark on one window that appears in the photos has now been removed - iI had thought it was some ink but it was just ash on the inside!!
A nice example. Not uncommon but not so many of these first types around now.More images