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Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

Bodywork by HJ Mulliner Park-Ward

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Rolls-Royce

Silver Shadow

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It was only a few months before that Corgi had released the Golden Jacks version of this car in March 1970, now in October 1970 the Whizzwheels version was rushed out. The market was demanding super-fast, free-rolling wheels so excellent models like this had to follow and as we now know it didn't save the company. The world was changing and there were more choices for boys than detailed die cast cars. It wasn't just Mattel and their Hot Wheels that did for Dinky & Corgi it was everything else from Action Man to electronic games & toys. Ask a ten year old today whether they would rather have a toy car or a Play Station.

This toy remained in production from 1970 until 1978 and the box suggests that this one was from later in the run, I'm guessing 1972 as the two other cars pictured on the box were released in 71 & 72. Colours are metallic blue and white, metallic blue, silver or gold. Values seem consistent across all versions.

The model though is a good one, despite the incongruous wheels. It all works, I especially like the door interior panel being a single moulding with the window glass. Van Cleemput says 'This was the conversion to Whizzwheels of the 273 Rolls-Royce which had Take-Off Wheels for a very short time indeed. Another collectors item. To my mind, the Whizzwheels spoiled a hitherto beautiful model'


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