Vauxhall Guildsman - 40d
|This was a design concept
pulled from the annual 'Vauxhall Craftsman's Guild' design competition
GM ran for a number of years in the 60s and 70s. Young people were asked
to produce designs for concept cars as a 3d model. I actually sent off
for all the entry stuff myself, but never finished my car. I think mine was
going to be an
amalgam of the Merc C111 and the Lotus Europa. This car was a prize winning
design from one of the kids which found its way into the Matchbox range.
This is from a letter written by Phil Gannon who designed it:
"I was the designer and modeller
of the original way back in the 1968/69 competition year! I still have
the original model, sketch plans and Vauxhall information.
Matchbox released the model in 1971 in bright pink with a comet design sticker on the bonnet, the base is either silver or unpainted and the background to the star at the head of the comet can be blue or black. In 1975 the Streakers version came out, initially remaining pink and then recoloured brick red. The Streakers car has a cream racing stripe and racing number 40. In 1976 the red car lost its Streakers tampos and reverted to the comet sticker or plain bodywork with no design on it.
The ones to look for are the pink Streakers, very hard to find and worth good money, and the brick red with the comet sticker gets a small premium, the rest are all very similar in value.