Ford Sierra XR4i version not released

Catalogue 25 showed C333 and C334 as new releases for 1984, but these two cars in blue and yellow liveries were never released. The 2-door Sierra had the early separating pillar on the rear side-windows of the full-size car but, in the real world, the all-conquering Ford XR4i used in Touring car races around the world had the later full length rear side wondow. Perhaps this is the reason Ford didn’t give permission for this model to be launched in favour of the alternative SCALEXTRIC Ford Sierra we are now familiar with.

Below: A factory hand-made early Ford Sierra XR4i with the extra side-window pillar.

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C2161 Williams FW20, Type 3

Sometimes a tampo operation is missed out simply because the ink ran out during the tampo print production run. Several dozen may have passed through the run before, if at all, it was noticed that the ink plate well was dry. Even if noticed the production official may have turned a blind eye rather than re-run dozens or hundreds through the tampo print machine again.

However, many productions runs of cars for Sets did have reduced printing operations on them to reduce cost. Given that Paul Atkin’s and Adrian Leggett‘s cars have both been identified, I think we’ll classify this as a variant. So, in any event it is a factory variation, with the Castrol logo missing from the front edge of the side pods. C2161W Type 3 is now recorded.
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C239 Honda Motorbike variant

The yellow C239 Honda Motorbike & Sidecar has been identified in two production versions. One has a strong yellow base colour shell whilst the other has a translucent yellow body. The bodies would have been produced in two seperate production batches. Each production run starts with a quantity of clear plastic granules and a small fraction of colour dye granules to create the final yellow colour. Two production runs with different amounts of coloured dye would have been required to create body shells of different hues.
C239 variants are now recorded as Type 1 dark yellow, Type 2 light yellow.
“Thank you” to the eagle-eyes of Scalextric specialist Mark Scale of Scale Models for spotting this one.
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Rare livery Rover 3500 SDi discovered

A rare National Holidays liveried Rover 3500 SDi was discovered in an online auction in June 2016. The livery was probably created for a business-to-business sale between Scalextric and the then national coach company ‘National Holidays’ operating in the UK. The car is plain white with red and blue National Holidays logos and stripes. Red bumpers and red door mirrors are also fitted. Just how many units of this model were produced in the mid-1980s is unknown but it is known that a ‘handful’ surfaced in the North of England around the turn of the century but none have been seen since until this example turned up.
The car is now classified as C0283NH

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C0283NH National Holidays Rover 3500 SDi