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ROUTEMASTER BUS

AEC Routemaster Bus - 468

page last updated: 22 February 2017

 


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In later years, and continuing today, there are, were, have been hundreds of variants on the Corgi Routemaster, it has become a piece of advertising media. The early ones were different and better. The new Corgi Routemaster uses the later, slightly larger casting with the plastic base and without a clippie or driver or suspension or jewelled lights. De-Corgied in other words, this however is the original. It is a little smaller, has a nicely detailed crew, suspension and jewelled lights. It's a proper Corgi.

There are so many versions that the Corgi Routemaster gets its own page in Ramsay's Guide, however the early casting is much simpler to sort out. In June 1964 it was released in red with Corgi Toys advertising; Corgi Classics on one side and 'Naturally Corgi Toys' on the other.

CORGI TOYS

SEATS STAIRCASE HANDRAIL

SPRING SUSPENSION

DRIVER AND CLIPPIE

JEWELLED HEADLAMPS

In 1967 the graphics were changed to 'Outspan Oranges' and the core range bus continued in this livery up to 1974 when the new casting was released. There were though a number of code 2 specials based on the old casting released during this period and they are rare and valuable. The later bus is so common and in so many versions that most of them are worth almost nothing.

In this early casting look out for Australian issues of the Corgi advertising and Outspan Oranges in green/cream/brown, these are seriously rare and valuable, but any other code 2 on the early casting is well worth having.

I really like my early 'Naturally Corgi' release, not sure where the driver's gone though, probably having a smoke somewhere.


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