Standard Vanguard III Saloon - 207

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STANDARD VANGUARD III


 

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Good solid British metal, the Vanguard was a fine car - a plodder rather than a flyer, sharing as it does an engine with the Ferguson tractor! My 1957 Observers Book of Automobiles shows the facelifted version with an altered grille and more chrome, listed as the 'Vignale' Vanguard - did the Italians design the car or just the face-lift I wonder?

This looks like the first car to get a die cast bottom on all versions. This is the non-mechanical two-tone version, It also came as a mechanical and in RAF livery as a staff car, with free running wheels. The known first here though was red painted rear lights, it was the first Corgi to get them.

The mechanical Vanguard was either primrose yellow or very pale blue/green with a red roof. This freewheeling version was only available in the two-tone; red over pale blue/green. Values are pretty high for all colours and versions. There is one variation on the freewheeling car and that is the red roof. On some it extends down the roof pillars, on later cars, usually with spun hubs, only the top of the roof is painted red. These later versions are more highly valued than the cars with red window pillars.

My model is just about OK - there is evidence of an attack with a paintbrush around the grille and I think the red may have been touched up a bit too.


Early release with red window pillars

 

Later release with body colour window pillars

 
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