Corgi Vanguards Austin A40 Farina Countryman in Sutherland Green
|Model Type||Vehicle - Passenger Car|
|Manufacturer's Reference Number||VA11203|
BMC’s relationship with Italian stylist Pininfarina appeared, at firstglance, to produce a whole range of new cars during 1958 and 1959. Inreality this clutch of new models, including the Cambridge andWestminster derived badge engineered range as well as the A40 modelledhere, were clever re-skins of existing cars. The A40, launched in1958, was the first of these smart, often two-tone, up to date new lookmodels. It improved on its mechanical godfather, the A35, by offeringmore space front and rear plus an estate car style folding rear seat,although the opening tailgate aCountryman’ version wasn’t releaseduntil 1959.
Finished in Sutherland Green with a black roof, Corgi's A40 depicts the split-tailgate Countryman version. The model features photo-etched wipers, jewelled headlamps and authentic detailing. It is a limited edition of 2500 and comes with a collector card certificate.
Stylish model of a stylish car
A nice model of the Austin A40 Countryman, Corgi are to be commended to getting mileage out of their components but making sure all the detail changes are done to make the models correct. The jewlled headlamps combined with high detail levels are a nice trademark touch too. If I had to nitpick a little, I'd say the bonnet looks amybe a touch too long, but it could just be an optical illusion!