I did get a little sidetracked for the last 3 weeks – especially with the sea of new finds that have been added to the garage. But let me re-focus once more on Part 3 of my Vanguards review of the forthcoming 2011/12 model releases.
Ford Cortina Mk IV 1.6L – VA11903
Oh yes, oh yes! I am not going to bang on about how gutted I am about the Cortina 2.0 Ghia trim, but from this pre-pro, this really hits the spot. Having seen VA11900 in real life (well, in the shop anyway), those steel rims are accurately done and it was only going to be a matter of time before the non-police version was released.
It looks the business and really gives me a buzz. A lovely throw back to the mid size Fords – what are the chances of a left hook Taunus version or an estate (something we have yet to see in the Vanguards range).
Vauxhall Nova 1.2 Swing – VA11405
Ah, yes, the standard base version of the Vauxhall Nova. I like this cheeky little car and it is very pleasing to see the ‘Swing’ edition which was quite popular at the time of actual production – if my memory serves me correctly.
Chrysler Sunbeam Ti – VA11306
This must have been an inspired choice. The Lotus Sunbeam in RHD was probably one of the most sought after Vanguards for a long while, both in blue and black colour schemes. But the Ti was one of the forgotten cars of its time, overshadowed by the Lotus ‘Beam. It pleases me to see this addition, as it has been rarely cast over the last few years. Again, there is the potential for a LHD version with French plates.
In summary, there are some good castings that are due to hit the shelves, but equally, we are still missing quite a bit of the Austin Rover range, as well as standard version of cars like the MkIII Escort. And I don’t think that a few commercials like the BL Sherpa, Bedford Astramax or the MkII Transit would go amiss. It will be interesting to see what 2012 holds for the Vanguards range, and if indeed we will still be able to purchase these models – the Hornby distribution of these items is almost as bad as Mattel getting Matchbox in to the stores….