Land-Rover Series 3 109 Station Wagon
Just because I am familiar with the succession of Land Rover utility vehicles (now sadly deceased) I cannot assume that everyone else is. It all began in 1948 with the one we now know as a Series 1 - back then it was just a Land Rover. Series 1 Land Rovers are easy to identify because the sides are straight up and down, they do not have the horizontal waistline roll in the sides of the bodywork which continues the wing-line through. Series 1s were made until about 1960, they were in a range of different wheelbases: 80, 86, 88, 107 and 109 inches. In 1958 the Series 2 was introduced and gradually replaced the Series 1, these have the roll in the bodywork and still have the headlights in the radiator grille panel, the Series 2 was quickly updated and became the Series 2A visually they are almost identical. The wheelbase had settled down to 88 or 109 inch by now.
Series 3 Land Rovers came along in 1971 and are also 88 inch or 109 inch wheelbase, the most obvious difference from the Series 2 is that the headlamps were moved into the wings, although you have to watch it because the last Series 2A Land Rovers also had their lights moved into the wings, but these have a metal wire radiator grille, all the Series 3 Land Rovers have a Plastic Grille, you can also check the door hinges which are different, but nobody wants to do that. All of the 'Series' Land Rovers have leaf springs. The 90 and 110 (later Defenders) have coil springs and are more refined in every way than the Series trucks becoming more so until their demise in 2016. There still is a Land Rover Defender - but it is now a luxury 4x4, not a utility vehicle.
This is the Corgi Series 3 Land-Rover Station Wagon with opening rear door - they got the inside configuration a bit wrong having seats running all the way down the sides - how do you get in through the rear side doors? They have the interior meant for a long-wheelbase two-door hardtop in a station wagon body, otherwise very good.
The first release was, as is frequently the case, in a Gift Set (GS31) Safari Land Rover and Animal Trailer finished in zebra stripes. This model was introduced in April 1976 deleted in 1980, in July 1976 the Land Rover featured in the Tarzan Gift Set (GS36) which was withdrawn in 1978. I've not found one of these, they are in green & yellow zebra stripes.
The stand-alone Land Rover (421) was released in June 1977 and remained in the range until 1980, it has a roof rack and ladder. It is seen in plain orange and in red as a Forest Fire Warden car. The Fire Warden is the more valuable of the two.
In 1979 it is again paired with an animal trailer, a 4 wheeler this time, as part of the Pinder Jean Richard Circus series (GS30) It also has a clown figure, a polar bear and a gorilla. It was withdrawn in 1980
In August 1981 Corgi tried to add some excitement to their range and compete with electronic games, which were beginning to change the toy market, by adding a small number of diecasts with electronic features including a Police Land Rover (1005) which had working lights & siren. It remained in the range until the Mettoy bankruptcy in 1983.
In July 1982 another Corgitronics version appeared with a compressor trailer (1007), this time a little more successful, the engine covers on the trailer lift and you install a couple of batteries, when switched on you get the compressor engine noise, press the drill and you get the drilling noise – fantastic, I love it. This set was was still in production at the time of the Corgi receivership. I've had a post-Mettoy version in Transco colours from 2002
The casting remained in the post Mettoy line-up for many years and is found in a wide range of finishes
|Mettoy era releases:|
|Corgi Toys GS31; Land Rover Series 3 109; & Animal Trailer, Warden & Lion; Safari Gift Set||Corgi 421; Land-Rover Series 3 109 Station Wagon; Roof rack and ladder, orange||Corgi 421; Land-Rover Series 3 109 Station Wagon; Forest Fire Warden, Red||Corgi Toys GS30; Land Rover Series 3 109; & Animal Trailer; Pinder Jean Richard Circus||Corgi Toys 1005; Land Rover Series 3 109; Police, Corgitronics|
|Corgi Toys 1007; Land Rover Series 3 109; & Compressor; Roadworks|
|Post-Mettoy era releases:|
|Corgi 421; Land Rover Series 3 Station Wagon; NORWEB Special Issue.||Corgi 421/1; Land Rover Series 3 Station Wagon; Royal Mail Parcels||Corgi 57901; Land Rover Series 3 Station Wagon; Hong Kong Military Police||Corgi 57902; Land Rover Series 3 Station Wagon; Royal Mail Post Bus||Corgi 57903; Land Rover Series 3 Station Wagon; Army|
|Corgi 57904; Land Rover Series 3 Station Wagon; Green, White Roof||Corgi 57905; Land Rover Series 3 Station Wagon; Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service||Corgi 60001; Land Rover Series 3 Station Wagon; & Horse Box, Police||Corgi 60004; Land Rover Series 3 Station Wagon & Horse Box, Ellerdale Livery Stables||Corgi 60006; Land Rover Series 3 & Mini on Trailer; Safari Rally|
|Corgi 60027; Land Rover Series 3 Station Wagon & Rescue Boat on Trailer, Beach Patrol||Corgi 60031; Land Rover Series 3 Station Wagon & Compressor Trailer, Transco||Corgi 619; Land Rover Series 3 Station Wagon Safari, Mud Splatter||Corgi 619/2; Land Rover Series 3 Station Wagon Sapeurs Pompiers, French Fire Service||Corgi 91935; Land Rover Series 3 Station Wagon HM Coastguard Blue & Yellow|
|Corgi 92450; Land Rover Series 3 Station Wagon & Horse Box, Police with Mounted Policeman||Corgi CC99153; Land Rover Series 3 & Mini on Trailer; Robert Stacey, Acropolis Rally 2004||Corgi PRO228; Land Rover Series 3 Station Wagon; British Telecom, Grey||Corgi PRO229; Land Rover Series 3 Station Wagon; British Telecom, Yellow||Corgi TY82701; Land Rover Series 3 Station Wagon; Coastguard Patrol|
|Corgi TY82702; Land Rover Series 3 Station Wagon & Horse Box, Marine Blue, Mud Splatter||Corgi TY82703; Land Rover Series 3 Station Wagon; AA Service||Corgi TY82704; Land Rover Series 3 Station Wagon; Marine Blue, Mud Splatter|