Ford Cortina Estate  - 491

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FORD CONSUL CORTINA ESTATE

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Number 440 has a golfer figure, a caddy figure & a golf trolley. 491 was sold alone. The golfer ones were all dark metallic blue. The others were either maroon, grey or dark metallic blue. I just have a dark blue one and no golfer figures and my solitary model has to do for both. Replacement figures and the other colours remain on my shopping list.

The first 1963 Ford Cortinas were called 'Consul Cortina' and this is one of those, it has the word 'Consul' on the front of the dummy air-scoop. The 1965 Cortina Super Estate (no 'Consul') in my 1965 Observers book of Automobiles has exactly this same wood trim - and white-wall tyres. However in 1965 the model was facelifted and a new grille style was added, one which was extended to the sides and included the sidelights and indicators.

CORGI TOYS

OPENING TAILGATE
WOOD STYLE PANELS
JEWELLED HEADLAMPS
SEATS
STEERING WHEEL
SPRING SUSPENSION

A rare example of Corgi getting the detail wrong, either that or the model took a little too long to get to market than usual and Ford updated the car while the Corgi was in development. Corgi released 440 in January 1965 and 491 in September of the same year. They both remained in the range until 1969. The Golfer set in its diorama box with the figures and the golf bag is always going to be really expensive. The solo model in grey is also very rare and highly priced. The maroon and blue cars under model no 491 are rather more modestly priced.

This is the 1963 year Cortina, There's a picture of a 1965 model below. Interestingly Dinky did update their '63 model to the new look grille, possibly to put some clear water between them and Corgi - the Dinky Cortina was one of their best ever models, pictures below of both versions.


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