Tuesday, June 28, 2016

#693 CORGI – LOTUS ELITE and VW POLO “POLIZEI” (1976 and 1979)


Here are two more Corgi models, the first one is the Lotus Elite, 315-C1 in red (1976 to 1979). This model was also available in yellow (301-C1, racing decoration), green (315-C2, “Wings Flying Club”), dark blue (382-B1) and black (GS 32-B3 Lotus Racing Set)





The second model is more interesting, since it is a VW Polo “Polizei”, 489-A1 in white/green (German Police) (1979 to 1980).



The Polo was also available in yellow “ADAC” (4894-A1, German road service), yellow “POST” (289-A2, German postal service), green (289-A1), grey (302-C1, Racing decoration), yellow “Swiss PTT” (no number, Swiss postal service), plus other variants that do not appear in Force (see #340)


The cast was later modified and sold as VW Turbo (312-C1, White or Beige with racing decoration)
What interest me about this Polo model is that is has a German Police decoration, and it is not the only model. I don’t know in which numbers they were sold, but it seems that the German market was very interesting also for Corgi (not only for Matchbox), and by the end of the 70s, Corgi also tried to gain some market share in Germany. No matter what, the Polo is a very curious and nice model, since I am not quite sure, if the German police ever used the 1970s Polo as a patrol car.


For more information about Corgi Toys models in 1:36 scale, please visit entries #99 and #563.

FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: LOTUS ELITE and VW POLO “POLIZEI”
  • Scale: 1:36
  • Year: 1976 and 1979
  • Company: Corgi (Great Britain)
  • Size: approx. 10 cm

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