Missed a Toyfair in July due to being in hospital. So despite being unwell still, struggled out to one a few days ago.


And there we have a slightly crude model of a Jaguar XJS (with pull-back action) by Maisto and a Lledo Morris Z van in Hamley’s (toyshop) livery. Absolutely no money at all.


Some missing toy fair visits…

Missed two visits to the toyfair (bit poorly) but managed to get to it on July 1st; possibly the warmest day I can remember.  Still quite well attended by both sellers and buyers.


So a Hornby 0-6-0 Great Western pannier tank and a Ford 105E van for not much money.  The loco needed a bit of TLC and a new copper ring for the top of the chimney. The Anglia van is I think supposed to be in British Relay livery but the graphics are very poor. Might have expected better from Oxford Die-casts. Also needed some fettling as the baseplate was loose.

The next visit was towards the end of August. Much cooler, thankfully and reasonably well-attended.


Which yielded a couple of bargain bin items and a quite nice (Corgi) BET single-deck bus in Oxford livery, for no money at all.

The ‘random’ bag of bits,


was once a Matchbox “Models of Yesteryear”  series, Model T BP petrol tanker.

And now…


…it is again.

Lastly in October…chillier and really quite Autumnal…


Harrington Grenadier by EFE in (local firm) Timpson’s livery. Common sight on the roads to the West Country ‘back in the day’. Plus a 1950s Karrier Bantam dustcart by Matchbox in very poor condition but a ‘fun’ buy. Lastly a 1960s Dinky Toys Jaaaaag Mk X. Nice original,  slightly playworn, condition and a steal at just £1. Needed tyres….not a problem. Poorly attended but was different in that a researcher for a publishing company was interested in talking to people about possible toy-related magazine ideas. It is unusual to see a lady at these, pretty much, male-oriented events. 😛

Ford Corsair D/L 1966 1663 cc V4



Originally in straight 4 1500 cc form, the Corsair (a mildly uprated version of the Mk1/Mk2 Cortina) was upgraded in 1965 with V4 engines of 1663 cc & 1998 cc. Not the best engine Ford ever made, the “Essex” V4 as it was known was never used in the top selling Cortina (only partly to give the idea of greater prestige to the Corsair), but did make it into the 1969 2 litre Capri. However, the success of the Pinto 2,000 cc engine in the Mk3 Cortina meant a production run of only 3 years for the V4 Capri.

Top of the Corsair range was the luxury 2000E, where the E, like the 1600E Mk2 Cortina stood for “Executive”. The 2000E was never as popular as its sibling, the 1600E  still being a sought after classic today. The Mk3 Cortina replaced both the Cortina & Corsair ranges in 1970.

The one above (pictured in 1978) was mine in 1663 cc form. It possessed the V4’s notorious roughness but served its purpose well enough as a “stop gap” when my MGB was stolen. I kept it for about 6 months & sold it for roughly what I paid. It had the idiosyncrasy often found in Fords of the early 60s “Consul” range that the locks very quickly became worn & you could open & start it with whatever key came to hand. I think it got through 3 starter motors too, which meant a lot of pushing!