page last edited: 28 December 2017

Superior Criterion Ambulance - 277

 

It took me a while to track it down but underneath this wonderful 1960's American kitsch bodywork is a Pontiac. A 1961 Bonneville.  One of my good friends on the die-cast drive-in web forum (where I had asked the question - what car is it?) came back with this piece of information:

"According to Meccano Magazine the Superior Criterion is based on a Pontiac (1961 model, by the look of it), with bodywork by the Superior Coach Corporation of Lima, Michigan. Meccano Magazine goes on to state that a 289 V8 was fitted (to the real vehicle, not the toy!), giving 281bhp on the manual version and 303bhp on the automatic, and describe the toy as "wonderful" - well they were selling them after all! " (Fred7a). If you fancy dropping by the Drive-In for a chat with other collectors just follow this link: http://diecastrestorations.myfreeforum.org/index.php

Dinky made the Superior Criterion Ambulance between 1982 and 1968. It was sold under two model numbers; 263 and 277 (this one) the difference being that 277 had a working flashing beacon driven by a cam on the rear wheels and was painted metallic blue and white, 263 was either white or cream over dark red and had a patient instead of the battery in the back and paramedic figures.

There are no variations listed for 277, but if you find one in a gold see-through box expect to pay a little more for it.

 
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    Superior Criterion Ambulance - 277 Superior Criterion Ambulance - 277 Superior Criterion Ambulance - 277    
    Superior Criterion Ambulance - 277 Superior Criterion Ambulance - 277 Superior Criterion Ambulance - 277    
    Superior Criterion Ambulance - 277        

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