Forward Control Jeep FC 150

 

As a Land Rover fan it's hard to accept that Jeep got there first again with the Forward Control machine a good few years before the Land Rover 101 turned up - the Land Rover Series 2B forward control came out in 1962 and it was more of a lorry than a pick-up.. I was surprised after buying and researching this model just how early in the Corgi story it came. It is also worth looking at it's construction. The base is die-cast, not tin. Most 1959 releases had tin bases, all the commercial vehicles did for sure. The other oddity is the way the rear axle is attached, via lugs cast into the body work. I can't think of any other Corgi where this method is used.

Keep looking. The doors are outlined in relief - that is the outlines stand proud of the bodywork. Not unusual in die cast toy cars of the fifties and sixties. The Spot-Ons all had their doors outlined this way. Few Corgis did though, they are mostly engraved. Corgi doors are outlined with a groove.

There's more. What are those vertical slots in the load bed sides? they look like they should have something fitted in. Nothing Corgi ever used, the real truck has strengthen struts there but they are solid box section, not slots. Lastly the choice of vehicle, this is only the third American vehicle in the range. The first was the Studebaker in 1958, then the T-Bird in the previous month. This is a very strange choice for the second ever American Corgi. Is it a model bought in? It really does not fit. In van Cleemput's book he says 'This was the first model to be tooled in the Harlestone Road tool room' which could possibly account for the difference in style.

409 in 1959

The FC150 Jeep was first released as model number 409 in 1959. This model has no rear tilt, is always pale blue with a red radiator grille and has neither seats nor suspension. In 1965 it was re-released as number 470. This time is was blue or mustard in colour and it had gained a rear tilt, suspension and seats. The 1959 release varies only in having either turned or spun hubs which does not affect value.

GS14 Tower Wagon & Lamp Standard

This is the early tower wagon without suspension or a detailed interior. I cannot find evidence of the tower wagon being sold as a single item until it was re-released in 1965 with suspension and seats added. The Jeep FC Tower Wagon set GS14 was in the range from 1961 to 1964. The cherry picker on the back though was to have a number of come-backs on later models, right into the Corgi Classics era.

470 Update with Suspension, Seats & Rear Tilt

This casting had been in the Corgi catalogue since 1959. The early release had no interior, solid axles and no rear tilt. In 1965 it was given a bit of a make-over, just like the 'S' models in 1960/61 it got seats, springs and a new feature - the detachable hood. There are two colour options under this model number: a sort of French navy or metallic khaki green, each with a detachable grey plastic tilt and a red painted grille. Values are fairly modest for both.

64 Luggage Conveyor

I'm going to differ from Corgi here, I know they created the range so can call things what they like, but despite the detail on the diorama box, despite it being numbered in the sequence for farm vehicles, this is not an agricultural elevator, it is a piece of airport equipment for putting suitcases on planes. The Jeep Conveyor is always red and yellow with spun hubs. It was introduced in June 1965 and deleted in 1969. Values are moderate to higher and every single one I've had through Little Wheels has lost its conveyor belts.

478 Tower Wagon

The previous version of this model - the one with solid axles and no seats, was sold as a gift set with a figure to put in the basket and a street lamp for him to repair. This time it is under a regular model number without the figure and lamp standard. The truck is always metallic green however Ramsay lists it as having a red interior and that a cream interior is a rare and sought after version. I have only seen it with a yellow interior. It was released in 1965 and remained in the range until 1969

         
Corgi Toys 409; Forward Control Jeep FC 150; Pale Blue, Turned Hubs Corgi Toys 409; Forward Control Jeep FC 150; Pale Blue With Spun Hubs Corgi Toys GS14; Jeep FC-150 Tower Wagon; Red, Single Lamp Standard & Electrician Corgi Toys 470; Forward Control Jeep + Hood; Blue, Grey Rear Tilt Corgi Toys 470; Forward Control Jeep + Hood; Mustard, Grey Tilt
Corgi Toys 409; Forward Control Jeep FC 150; Pale Blue, Turned Hubs Corgi Toys 409; Forward Control Jeep FC 150; Pale Blue With Spun Hubs Corgi Toys GS14; Jeep FC-150 Tower Wagon; Red, Single Lamp Standard & Electrician Corgi Toys 470; Forward Control Jeep + Hood; Blue, Grey Rear Tilt Corgi Toys 470; Forward Control Jeep + Hood; Mustard, Grey Tilt
Corgi Toys 64; Jeep FC-150 Luggage Conveyor Corgi Toys 478; Forward Control Jeep Tower Wagon; Metallic Green Corgi Toys GS14; Jeep FC-150 Tower Wagon Set    
Corgi Toys 64; Jeep FC-150 Luggage Conveyor Corgi Toys 478; Forward Control Jeep Tower Wagon; Metallic Green Corgi Toys GS14; Jeep FC-150 Tower Wagon Set, Suspension    

 


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