Jaguar Mk1 2.4 Saloon

 

In common with the Standard Vanguard, the Ford Consul and the Morris Cowley this car (in the 1:1 version) was superseded in 1957 by a face-lifted Mk2 model, as driven by Inspector Morse. The MkII Jag had slimmer window pillars and fully exposed rear wheels. The lead time to production on these models was not that long - why I wonder did Corgi choose to go with obsolete models when it would have been just as easy to use the latest model? But it was still the best selling toy in the Corgi range for 1957...

This is the Jaguar 2.4 Saloon, the original release of the Jag from the early days of Corgi. You can tell it is a 2.4 and not a 3.4 because the grille is smaller and the rear wheel spats are complete, on the 3.4 they were cut away to make room for the knock-on spinners on the wire wheels.

208 & 208M

It was first released by Corgi in March 1957 as both a freewheeling (208) and mechanical (208M) version. and both remained in the range until 1960 when it was given a make-over. It got seats and suspension and new primrose yellow paint. It was also re-numbered 208s. The original release, plain 208 without the s, was officially only ever in white however I have heard of it with the metallic blue body from the mechanical version, the mechanical car was only ever metallic blue.

213 Fire Chief Car

A revamp of the Jaguar 2.4 litre saloon; now presented in Fire Brigade livery - I wonder how many fire chiefs in 1950s Britain got to drive Jaguars? Not that many I suspect.

The Jaguar Fire Chief's car was released in 1959 with no suspension and no seats. It is always red with a roof beacon and shield transfers (decals) on the doors. You will see these with both turned hubs and spun hubs but this does not affect value.

Unfortunately the first one of these I got was a grim repaint, however I was able to acquire this nice lightly playworn example with antenna still in place. That bloody bell has gone though, I've only had one car with this roof sign where the bell remains unbroken. This example was typical of some older toys I've cleaned up for the pictures, it was covered in yellow tar from cigarette smoke. The cotton wool was really thick with it when I'd finished and my hands stank. The child who owned it was presumably pickled in the same way.

208s Suspension & Interior added

One of many re-releases of early models with added seats and suspension - the S models. This Jaguar works so well. better then one would expect. It is so much more attractive than the original version. The addition of a detailed interior brings it alive. The original 208 had been released in 1957 and here we are three years later in 1960 adding the new features Corgi has perfected in the meantime, spring suspension and a detailed interior. The same treatment was given to the Fire Chief version of this casting. The update gave the car a new lease of life and it continued in production until 1963. It was always yellow, some are paler yellow but this does not seem to affect value. Hubs can be turned or spun.

213s Fire Chief With Suspension & Interior

This is a case of the 's' upgrade transforming the car into a far more appealing package. The original Jag 2.4 is not that attractive, putting suspension on it and adding seats has completely transformed it.

The revamped Jaguar Fire Chief's Car was released in March 1961 and was deleted the following year. It is always red with a yellow interior however a deep cherry red version is known and these have sold for quite high prices. The normal red version is valued at a similar rate to the old solid axle release.

 

         
Corgi Toys 208; Jaguar Mk1 2.4 Saloon; White Corgi Toys 208m; Jaguar Mk1 2.4 Mechanical; Blue Metallic Corgi Toys 213; Jaguar Fire Chief Car; Red With Turned Hubs Corgi Toys 208s; Jaguar Mk1 2.4 Saloon (S); Yellow, Red Interior Corgi Toys 213S; Jaguar Fire Chief Car
Corgi Toys 208; Jaguar Mk1 2.4 Saloon; White

Corgi Toys 208m; Jaguar Mk1 2.4 Mechanical; Blue Metallic

Corgi Toys 213; Jaguar Fire Chief Car; Red With Turned Hubs Corgi Toys 208s; Jaguar Mk1 2.4 Saloon (S); Yellow, Red Interior Corgi Toys 213S; Jaguar Fire Chief Car

 


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