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Commer Military Police Truck - 355

 

page last updated: 22 February 2017


 

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The Commer Military Police Truck is a version of the No.464 Police Van released in 1963, the original casting without the cast lettering and retaining the bars on the windows. Like the Police Van the back body removes to insert a battery for the flashing light which is controlled by a cam fitted to the front axle. This Military version was part of a nine vehicle range of Army trucks released in January 1965, all of which were versions of existing models in the range painted drab green with military markings.

Despite most of the vehicles being distinctly British Commers, Bedfords & Land Rovers the livery was US Army. Sales of the range were modest and it was withdrawn the following year. Of the non Corgi Majors in this small range of military vehicles sales of this van were lowest of all, possibly because it cost more than 50% more than the PB based Ambulance which was basically the same van without the electrics.

As a result of the low sales they are now hard to find and prices are high. There are no listed variations.

I am very grateful to my friend Greg in Sydney New South Wales for this truck. Greg is a very successful collector of early Corgis and uses this website as a reference. When I visited him in September 2011 during a holiday to Australia he presented me with this truck as he knew it was a gap in my collection, which was very generous of him. It will of course not be for sale at Little Wheels!

Greg displays his Corgis in clear acetate boxes with labels giving some information about the model as shown in the pictures below. This is a great way to display them as it keeps them on show, but free from dust.


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