Steed's Cars - Model Cars
The website Projectworldtoys presents interesting information about the Corgi model.
Gift Set 40
Manufactured in the UK
Playcraft Ltd., Swansea, South Wales
launched January 1966, sold between 1966 - 1969
list price: 16/9d
While John Steed always drove a green Bentley in the series, the original Corgi set however contained a red vintage Bentley, although the gift box portrayed the racing green vintage Bentley model. Around 112,000 boxes were sold in the year1966.
It also contained a white (instead of powder blue) Lotus Elan 2, two figures, one of them John Steed seated at the steer of the Bentley. He's wearing a grey suit with a grey bowler hat and Mrs Peel is dressing in a white dress, the box also contained three little plastic brollies.
Advert from Corgi Catalogue 1967/1968
CORGI CLASSICS 00101
The Avengers - Vintage Bentley
The set contains a green vintage Bentley and a white metal John Steed figure wearing a grey suit with a grey bowler hat and a black umbrella.
Corgi Classics 57605
The New Avengers - Steed's Range Rover
Website Chezbois with terrific photos of the Corgi Range Rover
ACE New Avengers
John Steed XJC Broadspeed Jaguar coupe 1/43
DIE CAST TOYS
Steed's Special Leyland Jaguar
size: 13,7 cm
Manufacturer: Meccano Ltd., Liverpool
Photos of the box, the Bentley and the Steed figure on site toyzphoto.com
Unlike the original Jaguar from the series this car had a blue(?) metallic colour and golden stripes at the sides of the car and a Steed figure at the wheel.
Steed's car was advertised in the Dinky catalogues (as seen above) but not officially issued.
According to several sites this is an unreleased production item, because of factory closure, before it was official released. I read another version on the site of the Jaguar Model Club saying that a fire in the factory destroyed the moulds from which the Jaguar were to be produced. According to the same site some prototypes however were sold by former employees of Meccano (manufactured the Dinky models).
Dave Rogers confirms similar information in his book The Avengers ANew: "several prototype models were illegally 'spirited-out' of the factory" (p.110). According to him the colour of Steed Jaguar was 'medium green, greenish blue'.
For more information go here and to the Planetdiecast forum.
Pictures: Adverts from Dinky Die Cast catalogues 1977 (13) and 1978 (14)
1976 JAGUAR V12 XJC COUPE
Handmade White Metal Model Car
JAGUAR V12 XJC COUPE
Colour: dark metallic green
not an official The New Avengers product but similar to Steed's Jaguar
photo on Jagweb.com
According to The Avengers Fanzine "Stay Tuned" (Volume 3, Issue1, Page,8) around 190,000 sets were sold.