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Until I added this truck to the website and did the research I had not appreciated the chronology of Corgi Major Toys lorries. The all-new US Ford H series feels like a long way forward from the old 'Big' Bedford S Series tractor units of the Fifties, but Corgi were still releasing new versions of the Big Bedford in 1965, that is the Military Fuel Tanker, which is the same year they were releasing fabulously detailed new models like this. The old Bedford has a tin bottom, this has a detailed die cast chassis and details and features by the dozen. However in the world of 1:1 the full size Ford H Series was already old news as it had been around since 1961 and was to be deleted from the Ford range in May 1966.

CORGI TOYS

FORD TILT CAB H SERIES WITH DETACHABLE TRAILER

If you look at the side of the cab, under the door you will see a semi-circular panel, this is the remains of a wheel arch. This cab started life as a Ford C Series light truck, it was beefed up and put on a big tall chassis to make the heavier H Series, however the wheel arch remained from the original usage and was panelled over.

This is a very smart and shiny toy. Those big plated doors on the trailer are superb. All in all a fine model. The Ford Articulated Truck was introduced in September 1965, being the first use in the range of this newly modelled Ford tractor unit. It was also used on the Car Transporter and the Holmes Wrecker. This lorry remained in the range until 1971 when the cab unit was changed to a Mack and the trailer carried on behind the Mack for another two years. (Model No.1100)

This one suffers from all the usual Corgi Ford H series issues around the little plastic bits being broken off the cab.


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