Gift Set 20 The Golden Guinea Set
This is a scarce set, with only 23,000 said to have been produced. That makes the models comparable to gems like the 351S RAF Land Rover which had a similar quantity and less than half the stated figures for the 242 Fiat Ghia Jolly and 281 Rover 2000TC. It is a really small quantity but prices don't yet seem to reflect this for some reason.
The contents are an odd selection. The only common theme seems to be that each were first issued in mid-1961 and had something that opened. There is a glorious Bentley Continental Sports Saloon, exactly as the 224 model but now in gold-plated finish. Next is a 234 Ford Consul Classic, again as issued and now gold-plated. The third is the 229 Chevrolet Corvair which gets a new red interior and a gold-plated finish.
The gold finish, sometimes more like silver on some examples, often degrades a lot but on these models each remains really attractive with minimal roughening of the finish and each is virtually free of damage and all look very attractive. The Bentley has its spare and all the red jewels in place at the rear. These often go missing. The three models are the best examples I have seen.
The box is a good reproduction with a finish very similar to an original, including the cellophane window through which the cars can be viewed. Inside there is a yellow tray with cut-out sections that retain the cars with boot or engine compartments open. There is no card support element beneath that at present but I am hoping to obtain one to keep the inner tray firm - it just some brown folded and cut card. The set is sold as it stands in the meantime.