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Corgi 1/43 Bentley Continental GT V8 S 'Launch Car' Ghost White CC57001

For those who love the glorious growl of a V8 engine at full throttle, there is no car quite like the new Continental GT V8 S. Building on the success of the acclaimed Continental GT V8, the new V8 S features a more powerful version of Bentley?s 4-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine.
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Corgi 1/43 Bentley Continental GT V8 S UK Press Car Monaco Yellow CC57002

The new Continental GT V8 S takes the base platform of the powerful GT V8 and adds an array of cutting-edge enhancements. The result is a formidable new Continental GT; lower, sleeker and faster. Bentley has sharpened the sporting edge of the Continental GT V8 with the exciting new S model. New signature 20-inch wheels are exclusive to the V8 S and feature an open-spoke design that provides a clear view of red-painted callipers.
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Corgi 1/43 Vauxhall Cavalier Mk2 Sri 130 Platinum VA09809

The Vauxhall Cavilier was the UK market's version of the first car ever to be designed wholly on computer, the GM J-car programme. The main floorpan and structure of this virtually designed General Motors world car lasted from its launch in 1981 until as recently as 2005.


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Corgi 1/43 Ford Escort Mk3 XR3, Caspian Blue VA11010

Ford Escort Mk3 XR3, Caspian Blue
Ford created a new performance badge in November 1980 when they launched the XR3, the first of what became a range of XRs. The example modelled was built in September 1982, and registered in October to Mr I.C.W. Hulson by Ford dealers Appleyards in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Mr J.W. Hockenhull acquired it in 1985, used it until 1993 then placed it in dry-storage with 101,000 miles showing. It was unearthed in 2008 and listed on eBay. XR Owners Club Member Stuart Trowell, from Burton-on-Trent, who'd wanted one since childhood was the winning bidder and he continues to enjoy his first, and so far only, XR3.

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Corgi 1/43 Vauxhall Nova 1.2 Swing Astro Silver VA11405



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Corgi 1/43 Subaru Legacy RS Turbo Series1 Black VA11801

The launch of the Legacy in February 1989 ushered in a new era for Subaru. Previously a maker of quirky but tough well engineered cars, marketed on their heritage of aircraft engineering excellence, the Legacy was a larger, faster, and more luxurious product than any previous Subaru. The Legacy s new four cylinder EJ boxer engines may have retained their traditional layout but were an all new design which would go on to power the Impreza to World Rally Championship glory. However, Subaru s first ever WRC win was achieved on the 1993 New Zealand Rally by a Legacy driven by Colin McRae and Derek Ringer.
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Corgi 1/43 Subaru Legacy RS R Turbo Series 1 Slate Grey VA11803



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Corgi 1/43 Volkswagen Golf Mk1 (Series 1) 1.1, Miami Blue VA12008

Volkswagen struggled to replace the all-conquering Beetle and initial attempts, which retained the traditional rear-mounted horizontally-opposed air-cooled engine, were unsuccessful. A new product simply had to be developed for the 1970s and the architect of VW?s post war success, Heinrich ?Heinz? Nordhoff, created an internal product planning committee in 1967, one year before he passed away. This committee, led by new VW chief Dr Kurt Lotz, evaluated a number of plans including EA266, a Porsche-designed mid-engined hatchback. However, in March 1970, project EA337 came into being and on 12th August the first styling model by Ital Design was unveiled to VW engineers. The Golf story had begun.
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Corgi 1/43 Ford Fiesta XR2, Black, RHD VA12508A

The Fiesta was initially only available in Europe with engines smaller than 1.3 litres. However, because it had always been envisaged to be Ford?s first ?global? car, the 1.6-litre ?Kent? engine had been part of the car?s engineering design specification from the start as the 1.3-litre car was just too slow for the US market. Ford?s Dunton-based ?Special Vehicle Engineering? exploited this to create a fun pocket-rocket using a European version of the larger engine fitted with a performance cam and dual-choke Weber DFT carburettor. They also lowered the car by 25mm, stiffened up the suspension, added vented front disc brakes and low profile Pirelli P6 tyres on Wolfrace Sonic alloys.
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Corgi 1/43 Ford Fiesta XR2, Black, LHD, German Registration VA12508B

The Fiesta was initially only available in Europe with engines smaller than 1.3 litres. However, because it had always been envisaged to be Ford?s first ?global? car, the 1.6-litre ?Kent? engine had been part of the car?s engineering design specification from the start as the 1.3-litre car was just too slow for the US market. Ford?s Dunton-based ?Special Vehicle Engineering? exploited this to create a fun pocket-rocket using a European version of the larger engine fitted with a performance cam and dual-choke Weber DFT carburettor. They also lowered the car by 25mm, stiffened up the suspension, added vented front disc brakes and low profile Pirelli P6 tyres on Wolfrace Sonic alloys.
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Corgi 1/43 Peugeot 205 1.9 GTI Cherry Red VA12700



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Corgi 1/43 Vauxhall Cavalier Mk3 GSi 2000 16v, Westminster Blue RHD VA13103A

The Cavalier Mk3 was launched in August 1988 and was the second generation of Cavalier to be based on General Motors' world conquering front-wheel-drive 'J-body', which underpinned cars as diverse as the Pontiac Sunbird and Daewoo Espero.  It had a smoother more rounded style than the Mk2 Cavalier and placed a greater emphasis on occupant safety, (then starting to become an important sales and marketing consideration) which was highlighted in a TV advertising campaign using crash-test cars to a soundtrack of 'Sledgehammer' by Peter Gabriel.

The GSI 2000 modelled was a rapid and capable vehicle, its standing quarter mile time of 16.2 seconds being a good indicator of its real-world pace.


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Corgi 1/43 Opel Vectra (A) Turbo Diamant Schwarz (Deutschland) VA13106B

Conscious of the Sierra Cosworth's success, Opel launched a high-performance four-wheel-drive version of the Vectra in 1992. Well-equipped, but subtle and discreet, it was not as overtly sporting as the Cosworth but matched its pace and traction whilst undercutting Ford's market leader by several thousand pounds. However, it never sold as well as expected, perhaps because it was a later addition to the market and had no motor sport pedigree.
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Corgi 1/43 Vauxhall Astra MK2 GTE 16v Steel Grey VA13200

The ultimate incarnation of GM?s ?teardrop? Mk2 Astra was the 1988 16 valve GTE, modelled here. It was a fiercely fast hot-hatch, loud and raw, whilst VW?s rival Golf GTI 16v was polished and sophisticated. The GTE appealed to buyers who liked their steak rare and their dashboard digital. The 2-litre ?Family 2? engine was fitted with a Cosworth developed 16 valve twin-cam cylinder-head to become the ?KBA?, or ?red-top?, and meant this lightweight (1006kg) had blistering real-world pace, especially above 4000rpm, that eclipsed its on paper figures. Severe torque steer and brakes that could barely match the performance just added to the fun of the hottest of the hot-hatches.
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Corgi 1/43 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 SR, Carmine Red VA13203

Featuring uprated suspension, lattice steel-rims, ?Plaid Sport? cloth trim, colour-keyed fleece carpet and a ?grey-foil? lower body the SR offered sporting style for only ?6,400. The rev-hungry carburettor-fed engine produced most of its power above 4,000rpm and, to the detriment of refinement; the SR had a low ratio final-drive to better exploit this and its light 940kg weight.
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Corgi 1/43 Vauxhall Astra Mk2 GTE 16-Valve Leather Edition 'Champion'. Bordeaux Red VA13205A

The Leather Edition featured anthracite leather trim on the door-panels and Recaro seats plus, bizarrely, the leather symbol or ?hidemark? on its external badges. For ?17,303, a premium of approximately ?1500, it also offered unique 15? alloy wheels and pearlescent red coachwork. Advertised as a limited edition, it is believed around 250 were sold in the UK although it was only supplied to, and advertised by, dealers in the London area. As it was announced shortly after Astra GTE mounted John Cleland?s overall victory in the 1989 BTCC it?s often colloquially called an ?Astra Champion? but the marketing made no mention of racing; the car was sold under the tagline ?Hide & Sleek?.
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Corgi 1/43 BMW E30 325i Sport (M-Tech 1), Lachs Silver VA13400

Vanguard VA13400 1/43rd Scale Diecast BMW 325i in Silver

 The 325i modelled started its working life in April 1987 as a BMW UK press and publicity car and was featured in numerous magazine articles. In 2008, after 13 owners and 174,000 miles, it was bought by Southampton-based BMW enthusiast David Thomas for a bargain price because of its poor condition.
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Corgi 1/43 BMW 325i Coupe (E30), Sport M-Tech 1, Dolphin Grey, RHD (UK) VA13402A

The 325i modelled was first registered on 11th September 1987 in the North East and remained in use until 2003 when fuel pump failure led to the car being stood-up, unrepaired and unloved. However, it was eventually bought by local scrap yard owner Andy Morton of 'Andy's Autos' who, spotting its rarity, put it into a container where it remained for 10 years. Enthusiast Carl Morgan from Middlesbrough happened to casually mention to him one day that he was looking for an E30 325i Sport and this led to the car being exhumed. He purchased the basically sound and complete, but very shabby, example in 2012 and has embarked on a restoration.
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Corgi 1/43 VW Golf Mk2 1.3C Nevada Beige (RHD) VA13602A

The Golf Mk1 revived VW?s fortunes, finally proving the future was not rear-engined or air-cooled, and was a major reason why VW?s turnover increased from DM 16,982 million in 1973 to DM 40,089 million in 1983. Replacing it could have been difficult but wisely VW opted for a conservative evolution which addressed the earlier car?s shortcomings while still seeming familiar. The Mk2 was announced in August 1983 and when replaced by the Mk3 in 1991, VW had sold over 13 million Golfs of all types worldwide, 7 million of which were Mk2s. Beige 1.3Cs sold in large numbers but few have survived so they are rare in the retro-car scene.
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Corgi 1/43 VW Golf Mk2 1.3C Nevada Beige (LHD) (Deutschland) VA13602B

The Golf Mk1 revived VW?s fortunes, finally proving the future was not rear-engined or air-cooled, and was a major reason why VW?s turnover increased from DM 16,982 million in 1973 to DM 40,089 million in 1983. Replacing it could have been difficult but wisely VW opted for a conservative evolution which addressed the earlier car?s shortcomings while still seeming familiar. The Mk2 was announced in August 1983 and when replaced by the Mk3 in 1991, VW had sold over 13 million Golfs of all types worldwide, 7 million of which were Mk2s. Beige 1.3Cs sold in large numbers but few have survived so they are rare in the retro-car scene.
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Corgi 1/43 BMW (E30) 325i Motorsport Cabrio, Azul Macao (Espana) VA13701C

BMW's second generation E30 3 Series was launched in late 1982 and offered customers a larger range than the previous E21. This encompassed an in-house built full Cabriolet as well as the Touring estate, the 325 IX all-wheel-drive and the legendary M3, which was developed for motor sport use. Towards the end of E30 production BMW produced a limited run of only 250 Motorsport Technology Edition Cabriolets as modelled here. The cars featured sport seats, MSport Suspension, a subtle M-Tech 2 bodykit and a limited slip differential, but used the standard 325i engine. They were only available in the motor sport range of colours, all of which were named after racing circuits.
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Corgi 1/43 BMW (E30) Saloon 325i, Luxor Beige VA13800

As BMW only offered Luxor Beige for four years at the end of the 1980s and as it wasn?t a popular option, it has become highly sought after in the classic car world today. The example modelled was first registered in Suffolk in 1987 and in addition to its optional metallic paint, it featured power-assisted steering, which was not standardised on the 325i until September 1988, the rarely specified switchable 4-speed automatic transmission and all round electric windows. Father and son, Peter and Daniel Curnock from Worcestershire acquired the car in 2008, and although it has now covered well over 140,000 miles and a had few minor technical changes, it looks and drives like a much lower mileage vehicle. BMW produced 2,339,261 E30s of all types during the car?s production from 1982 to 1993 but the 2-door more sports orientated models are the ones which often get preserved and restored making this 4-door version in such good original condition a very rare car.
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Corgi 1/43 Vauxhall Lotus Carlton, Imperial Green, 'Vauxhall Heritage Centre' VA14003

Corgi 1/43 Vauxhall Lotus Carlton, Imperial Green, 'Vauxhall Heritage Centre' VA14003
Vauxhall?s early cars were often high performance race-bred machines such as the 1913 30-98 designed by legendary engineer Laurence Pomeroy. By the time his 1980s counterpart, Paul Tosch, unveiled the stunning Lotus Carlton in 1989, press reaction to the quest for speed had changed radically. Pomeroy and his contemporaries were heroes at the vanguard of technology but Tosch and his bosses at GM were castigated for producing a car that was thought by the tabloids to be ?too fast?, at 176mph, to be considered safe. In truth the media storm initially diverted attention from what was a stunning engineering tour de force and perhaps the greatest automotive achievement of its time.
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Corgi 1/43 Lotus Esprit S2, Black & Gold 'World Champion' Edition VA14201



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Corgi 1/43 Hillman Avenger 1.6DL, ?Sunseeker? Special Edition, Orange Blossom VA10409


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Corgi 1/43 Audi Quattro 20 valve Nordic Blue Metalic New Tooling Model VA12900

Audi were not the first to make a four-wheel-drive sports coup?, but crucially, they were the first to make one in volume and in doing so totally rewrote the performance car handbook. It was so obviously better in nearly every way that rival car makers scrambled to catch up and it is due to the quattro that so many cars now use four-wheel-drive. Launched in 1980 it remained available for 11 years and, such was the car?s significance, that Audi substantially updated what was by then an outmoded but iconic car and produced the fastest and most potent version during its last two years of production, the legendary quattro 20 Valve.
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Corgi 1/43 Audi quattro 20V, Panther Black Metallic VA12904

The quattro was launched on March 3rd 1980 at the Geneva Motor Show.  Having re-written the performance car rule book and dominating the world of rallying, Audi announced the car's impending demise in April 1988.  However, this press release stimulated demand so much that a final version of the quattro was planned and launched in 1989.  Using the RR version of the familiar 5-cylinder engine, which featured the cross-flow 20-valve cylinder head and twin overhead camshafts first seen fitted to the Sport quattro, the 20V was an awesome machine and a fitting swansong for one of the most famous and best loved cars the world has ever seen.


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Corgi 1/43 Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth, Black VA11705



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Corgi 1/43 Ford Fiesta Mk1 'Festival', Prarie Yellow VA12509

Ford Fiesta Mk1 'Festival', Prarie Yellow
The 'Fiesta Festival' was a Special Edition model, launched in 1980, which was based on either the 950cc or 1100cc models and featured prominent side-stripes and Festival badging on the tailgate.  Dinkar Jhalera from Buckinghamshire purchased his Fiesta Festival new in October 1980 from Ford main dealers Godfrey Davies of Neasden, London, and has kept the car, which has now covered approximately 75,000 miles. He had it rust-proofed by Ziebart immediately after purchase and, as per the firm's warranty conditions, Zeibart steam cleaned and reapplied their antirust treatment every two years until their 10 year anti-corrosion guarantee expired. As a result the car has remained in very good original condition.

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Corgi 1/43 Ford Fiesta Mk1 Supersport, Sunburst Red VA12510



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Corgi 1/43 Audi Quattro, Diamond Silver. IN NN 80 Audi Press & Publicity Car. LHD VA12905

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Audi?s first quattro was launched in March 1980 and received universal acclaim, being widely hailed as a revolution in performance car development. Corgi's die-cast metal model is of car no. VIN:85BA900076 that was assembled in the autumn of 1980 in the initial batch of 172 cars and was displayed at the Paris Motor Show in October 1980 and earned much praise. Thereafter it served as a press and publicity car!

It was then stored at VW?s Wolfsburg facility for some years before joining Audi?s Ingolstadt-based collection of historic cars and starring in the quattro 30th anniversary celebrations. The car is still in perfect condition and features its original Fuchs alloy wheels, cable-operated diff-locks and dark brown chenille upholstery.

Engine: 2,144cc 5IL SOHC KKK-K26 Turbocharger
Power: 200PS @ 5500rpm
Torque: 210lb.ft @ 3500rpm
Maximum speed: 7.3 secs
0?60mph: 135mph


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Corgi 1/43 BMW (E30) Coupe ALPINA C1 2.3 Alpine White VA13401A

The C1 was Alpina?s first E30 based car and featured the fabulous Alpina decals, modelled here, as an option. Launched in August 1983 it offered 168bhp, 29 more than a standard 323i, which was achieved using high-compression pistons, a high-lift camshaft and hemispherical combustion chambers. It was the first UK market Alpina and Sytner?s of Nottingham originally planned to build 7 examples, although the actual number produced was fewer because BMW launched an updated and more powerful 323i shortly after the C1. This made its price of ?15,995, an increase of ?5,000 over the car on which it was based, seem expensive. Today the C1 is an in-demand slice of eighties nostalgia.
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Corgi 1/43 BMW (E30) Coupe ALPINA C1 2.3 Alpine White LHD (Deutschland) VA13401B

The C1 was Alpina's first E30 based car and featured the fabulous Alpina decals, modelled here, as an option. Launched in August 1983 it offered 170PS, 31 more than a standard 323i, which was achieved using high-compression pistons, a more aggressive camshaft and a reworked cylinder head with hemispherical combustion chambers. The suspension was much stiffer than normal and used Alpina's own springs, Bilstein dampers and Alpina's distinctive 20 spoke 16 inch alloy wheels with Pirelli 195/50 VR16s all round. However BMW increased the power of the 323i to 150PS shortly after the C1 was launched, which made it seem expensive at DM35,000 compared to the car on which it was based; consequently only 35 were built.
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Corgi 1/43 BMW 325i Coupe (E30), Sport M-Technic 1, Dolphin Grey, LHD (Germany) VA13402B

Although the 4-cylinder M3 deservedly became the icon of the E30 range due to the plaudits it received in the motoring press and its numerous race victories the two-door 325i Sport modelled here was, in many ways, the more appealing road car. Its brawny free-revving M20 straight-six engine, introduced in 1985, was a delight as was its Getrag close-ratio 5-speed gearbox, while the limited-slip differential, sports-suspension, sports seats, green-tinted glass, M-Technic body kit and BBS cross-spoked alloy wheels ensured it had the looks, handling and comfort to justify that marvellous engine. It was deservedly a worldwide sales success and today is rightly seen as a collectable classic in its own right.
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Corgi 1/43 BMW 325i Coupe (E30), Sport M-Technic 1, Dolphin Grey, LHD (Netherlands) VA13402C

Although the 4-cylinder M3 deservedly became the icon of the E30 range due to the plaudits it received in the motoring press and its numerous race victories the two-door 325i Sport modelled here was, in many ways, the more appealing road car. Its brawny free-revving M20 straight-six engine, introduced in 1985, was a delight as was its Getrag close-ratio 5-speed gearbox, while the limited-slip differential, sports-suspension, sports seats, green-tinted glass, M-Technic body kit and BBS cross-spoked alloy wheels ensured it had the looks, handling and comfort to justify that marvellous engine. It was deservedly a worldwide sales success and today is rightly seen as a collectable classic in its own right.
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Corgi 1/43 Vauxhall Carlton Mk2 2.0 CDX, Smoke Grey VA14000

The Vauxhall Carlton Mk2 (or Opel Omega in mainland Europe) was launched in August 1986 and shared its basic structure with GM?s larger and more luxurious Senator range. Although it used a traditional rear-wheel-drive layout, it was well received by the press and was voted European Car of the Year for 1987, partly because ex-Audi aerodynamicist Hans Emmelmann had achieved an impressive lowest-in-class drag coefficient of 0.28 and an effective frontal area (CdA) of only 6.21 Sq ft.
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Corgi 1/43 Vauxhall Carlton 3000 GSI, Carmine Red, RHD VA14002A

Corgi 1/43 Vauxhall Carlton 3000 GSI, Carmine Red, RHD VA14002A
The Carlton GSI was launched in the spring of 1986 and defined a new market for large but sporty executive saloons aimed at keen drivers. All GSIs initially came equipped with a manual gearbox, limited-slip differential, ABS, Recaro-style seats, and an aggressive body kit which gave the GSI a slippery CD of just 0.30. Alloy wheels shod with 205/65 VR15 uni-directional tyres, stiffer lower suspension and a tactile leather steering-wheel also added to the car?s driver-appeal. Most potential buyers were hooked on the test drive by the sonorous straight-six exhaust note but the car?s bargain price of ?16,999 made it the desirable performance bargain of its era.
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Corgi 1/43 Vauxhall Carlton GSI 3000, Starmist Black, RHD (UK) VA14004A

Corgi 1/43 Vauxhall Carlton GSI 3000, Starmist Black, RHD (UK) VA14004A
The GSI modelled is owned by Derby-based enthusiast Mark Catherines, a graphic designer, who purchased the car for ?150 in 2002 from a friend in the pub. After getting it home on a trailer he invited brother-in-law Frank North, a professional body repair engineer, to look at the tatty, rusty Carlton and give his opinion. After some thought Frank said, "There's two ways you can do this, bodge it up and sell it, or do it properly". That comment stuck with Mark throughout the next 12 years as he restored the car to perfect condition although he laughs now that "Even Frank didn't actually expect me to do it as properly as I did!" Mark's ambitious restoration, which would have daunted a professional let alone a first timer, was carried out to the original specification in exact detail and included using his graphic skills to perfectly replicate original stickers in the engine bay and wiring loom.
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Corgi 1/43 Vauxhall Carlton GSI 3000, Starmist Black, LHD (Germany) VA14004B

The Omega 3000 was aimed at the enthusiastic driver who needed a large comfortable 6-cylinder saloon car but still wanted a manual gearbox, a limited-slip differential and a more sporting chassis set-up than was usually found on comfort-focused executive cars such as the GSI's cousin, the Opel Senator B. General Motors had previously used 2-door versions of larger models such as the Opel Monza and Commodore A/B coup?s to fill this niche but the second generation Carlton and Senator range didn't feature a 2-door bodyshell so the more performance-focused 3000 was developed instead. This proved an astute commercial decision as it was greeted enthusiastically by the automotive press and sold strongly throughout Europe.
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Corgi 1/43 Lotus Esprit S1, White 'Last S1 off the Production Line' VA14200

Esprit 7805/0381G, the last S1, left the Hethel production line in Norfolk on 23rd May 1978. It was delivered to dealer The Norfolk Motor Company and purchased by a dentist from Falkenham, near Ipswich in Suffolk, who took ownership on 1st August 1978, the first day of the T registration. It passed through nine owners before, in 2009, a very high standard restoration was started by the then owner. This included a body-off respray as well as rebuilding the engine, gearbox, steering and suspension. Surrey-based dealer Scott Walkers acquired the car unfinished in 2011 and sold it to current owner Paul Murray, a designer at Lotus, who has since completed the restoration.
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Corgi 1/43 Lotus Esprit S2, '1st Production Series 2', Championship Gold VA14202

Lotus announced the Esprit S2 in December 1977 and the first cars were delivered to dealers in June 1978. However, the first S2, chassis 400G (G being Lotus' code for UK market vehicles), was actually built in April 1978 and allocated to the engineering department for testing and development before being road registered in June. It was then reassigned to the company's PR guru, Don McLauchlan, was road tested by both Autocar and CAR magazines, and used it for promotional photography. The publicity image of this car, with Lotus founder Colin Chapman seated on the edge of bonnet in front of the black and gold Team Lotus twin-engined Cessna aircraft 'G-PRIX', has become iconic.
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