Massey Ferguson 30cwt Trailer

 

1959 saw the first of many excellent Corgi farmyard models. Corgi began naturally enough with a tractor and trailer which is the basis of any farm set. With these two and a couple of plastic cows you were off. This is the trailer part of it, a model of the Massey Ferguson 30cwt tipper trailer and a fine model it is too. Typical of the period for Corgi it is both finely modelled and well engineered for play.

This trailer was made from 1959 to 1964 and is always yellow on a red chassis, there are no listed variations except that it may have metal or plastic wheels which does not seem to affect value.

A note of explanation is required here. It appears that I am the only person at Little Wheels who knows what 30cwt means. I suspect that is fairly typical of the population at large. It means 30 hundredweight (C - Roman numeral for 100, wt, short for weight) and refers to maximum payload.

Two things have changed since 1959, the simpler of the two is that commercial vehicles are no longer rated by payload, but by gross vehicle weight. A 30cwt trailer in 1959 was rated to carry 30 hundredweight, regardless of the weight of the trailer. Nowadays they are rated by gross vehicle weight; my van is rated at 2900 kilos which means that its maximum permitted weight including load, vehicle and passengers is 2900 kilos.

The other thing that has changed is that no-one knows what a hundredweight is any more. It is a measure of weight equal to 112 pounds, obviously, or eight stones, roughly equivalent to 50 kilos. There are 20 hundredweight to a ton so a 30cwt trailer was rated to carry one and a half tons.

 

   
Corgi Toys 51; Massey Ferguson 30cwt Trailer; Yellow, Red Chassis, Plastic Wheels Corgi Toys 51; Massey Ferguson 30cwt Trailer; Yellow, Red Chassis, Metal Wheels
Corgi Toys 51; Massey Ferguson 30cwt Trailer; Yellow, Red Chassis, Plastic Wheels Corgi Toys 51; Massey Ferguson 30cwt Trailer; Yellow, Red Chassis, Metal Wheels

 


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