Diecasts rule at Lymington
The June Lymington collector.auction had plenty to tempt the diecast
Amongst the delights was the surprisingly uncommon Corgi Agricultural Gift Set (No.5): this included a Dodge truck, tractor, trailer and plough, a Land Rover and had a complement of figures and animals. Contained within a near mint window box, the contents were shop fresh and it sold well at £1,300.
On to Corgi Juniors: the No.1003 Batman's Batboat, made in 1967, was exceptional and was contained within an original unopened blister. Although the corner containing the price had been clipped off, it was nonetheless highly desirable and sold for £85.
A rare Chitty Chitty Bang Bang also flew in. This version featured gold plating to the bonnet, windscreen, headlights and grille, as well as the rear lights. Only a few of these were manufactured; the more common version sports a silver trim finish. The model was mint and was set off by the iconic box. It was knocked down for £650. Other desirable models were courtesy of Enid Blyton. A Corgi No.804 Noddy Car finished in yellow and red with Noddy driving on his own fetched £80; whilst a Noddy Car with Big Ears and Mr Tubby, in the same colour scheme, was very close to mint and realised £130. Both models were boxed.
Military buffs would not have wanted to miss the Spot-On No.417 Army Field Kitchen finished in olive green, with a white interior and metal hubs. Not a common sight, this excellent example sold for £180.
Bargains? well, what about a pre war Johillco Royal Air Mail Service Car finished in blue and still wearing its original white tyres? Not easy to find, this model found its way into the Skybirds range and was something of a snip at £40. ■