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“WhIle Corgi seems see ems to have achieved d the correct shade, the Oxford model is just just way too, well, green!” gre een!” The Th he very very last last Rov Rover er P6 to rol rolll ooffff the production line was a 3500S 3500 500S painted in Avocado Green and registered as VVC 700S. 70 00S. This car has been modelled in 1:43 scale by from Corgi, Co orgi, as part of its Vanguards range, and in 1:76 scale by Oxford Diecast. Both are nicely detailed, right down to their Ox O tiny badge replication. While the colour finish of the Corgi tin version appears to be correct, though, the Oxford version ve is painted far too bright a green! Also, the Corgi version also features the Rover boot badge used to cover up a als hole made for fitting the boot mounted spare wheel. ho

between them in terms of exterior detail, right down to miniature badge replication. The one small difference in that Corgi’s model features the Rover boot badge used to cover up a hole made for fitting the mounted spare wheel. But, save for that, the only really notable difference is the colour. While Corgi seems to have achieved the authentic shade, the Oxford model is just way too, well, green! So, compared to other models featured so far, this pairing looks a little odd as both versions represent the same car, with the same registration plate, but are a totally different shade of green.

Francois Delecour’s Sierra Sapphire Cosworth Differing shades of the same colour is not a problem that affects the next models. Prior to the launch of the mighty Escort RS Cosworth in 1992, Ford spent many years trying to develop the Sierra Sapphire Cosworth into a successful rally car. Although it never won the World Rally Championship, in its fi nal season at top level rallying in 1992 it did rack up two second and two third place fi nishes. The livery on the works cars in 1992 was a smart white and blue one, with prominent

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sponsorship from Ford, Mobil 1 and Autoglass. The four models here are all from 1992 and all are modelled on the car driven by Frenchman François Delecour, registration A9 FMC. The three smaller models portray the car as it competed in the Monte Carlo Rally, while the largest 1:18 is from the Tour de Corse rally. We’ll start with the smallest of the set, which is 1:64 and comes from the CMS ‘Rally Car Collection’. I know very little about CMS, other than that it appears to be a Japanese company which makes a large range of 1:64 rally cars cateogorised under car manufacturer headings. The Ford Collection (SS.16) features six cars. Despite their small size, these are highly detailed collectors’ models, with the Sierra boasting a host of interior details, right down to the correct patterned safety belts. The rear badging is present and the tiny driver and co-driver details are there, too, as is the smaller front numberplate used by Ford on its rally cars at that time. Finally, the headlights are the correct quad round headlamps that Ford fitted to these rally cars, although curiously the inner two are incorrectly fi nished in red on this CMS model (they

should be blue for Delecour’s car). All in all, this a small but highly detailed model, and one not often seen offered for sale now. Next up is a 1:43 model made by Vitesse back in the late 1990s. Although the basic shape of the Sierra Sapphire has been well captured, Vitesse cannot claim the credit for this. The tooling for its Sapphire Cosworth actually came from Schabak. This tooling, however, wasn’t that of a Cosworth. Look carefully on the boot lid and under the ‘Carglass’ decal and you can still clearly see 'Sierra 2.0i Ghia' cast in (this is much more obvious on the road car versions). Schabak never made a 1:43 Cosworth version of its Sierra Sapphire, only the ‘GL’ and ‘Ghia’ models, which also explains why the front of the bonnet and grille area are incorrect for the Cosworth. Vitesse simply added a boot

spoiler and bonnet vents decals to create its Cosworth. Although overly obvious on the road car versions, the rally cars hide the tooling’s humble origins far better, andn there were a number of these released, including Delacour’s 1992 Monte Carlo car (Ref. 718). As with many of Vitesse’s model from around this time, the decals are very fragile and become brittle over time. This situation isn’t helped by the models opening doors; a throwback to Schabak marketing its original models as ‘high end’/detailed toys. The decals themselves, though, are reasonably accurate and, in terms of detail, they look good. Vitesse then re-tooled the Sapphire Cosworth and supplied it to Altaya for the part work ‘1992 Rallye Monte Carlo’ series. This rally car casting was much improved

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