Morris Minor 1000 The Lothians and Peebles Constabulary
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Extensive government research into policing procedures led to 'Unit Beat Policing' (UBP) being rolled out across the UK during the late 1960s. Conceptually this was a big change as police officers, who had previously walked a 'beat' over a given time period, now drove between different areas walking for a while before driving to the next. This led to the introduction of the 'Panda Car', so named because it featured white panels on a blue car. These were usually small, economical cars such as the Minor. The example modelled was one of The Lothians and Peebles Constabulary's (L&PC) initial batch of twenty UBP cars, all Minors, supplied by Hall Brothers of Musselburgh.
- Engine: 1098cc 4IL OHV
- Power: 48bhp@5100rpm
- Torque: 60lb.ft@2500rpm
- Maximum speed: 74mph
- 0-60mph: 24.8secs
- Produced: 1,303,331 (all Minors)
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A series of die-cast 1:43 scale model automobiles spanning half a century of motoring in Britain. Each model carries a detailed, authentic livery and comes complete with a certificate detailing the history of the vehicle. View the full range
A detailed die-cast scale model for adult collector. Not Suitable for children under 14 years.
Technical Specification & Detail
|Dimensions||6.6 x 6.7 x 15|
|Limited Edition Size||850|
Fit For Retirement
The Morris Minor always presents an ideal platform for endless classic liveries and colours and the livery of Lotian and Peebles Constabulary continues the line of interesting finishes, particluar for the police models collector.
If I remember rightly, this casting first appeared in 1987 and continued to deliver so many colours on this iconic little car.
The casting is however tired and when matched against the detail and sharpness of the more recent castings it doesn't quite make the grade. The 'A' pillar is heavy resulting in an undersized, over framed quarter light whilst the windscreen has always appeared a little small and this is emphasised on the model by the heavy black 'rubber seal' line surrounding it.
The paint looks thick but is this due to the lack of fine detail of the casting? The finish is first class in glorious deep bluegreen contrasted by the white 'panda' doors.
A charming model that could do with freshening up.... Read more
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