Base C500 Series - Riley Pathfinder

Base Toys arrived on the scene around 2008. They were "OO" scale (1:76) models of British vehicles, manufactured in China for a UK importer. An extensive list of models produced can be found HERE. Please note that the list is copyright to its author, Peter Harrison. Do not simply copy it without the author's written approval.

Launched in 1953 as a replacement to Riley's top-line car the RM the Pathfinder was first presented to the public at the London Motor Show in October 1953. Designed as the "RMH" just before the 1952 merger of Riley's parent company Nuffield with Austin to form BMC, the Pathfinder is seen by some as the last proper Riley car.

The Pathfinder looked thoroughly modern: full-width bodywork with a wide, one-piece windscreen. The spacious interior was well appointed in the usual Riley fashion and could seat up to six people depending on whether the front seat option of a bench seat was taken up. An unusual feature of this car is the position of the gearlever: on the floor, to the right of the driver. Although it shared its graceful body design with the Wolseley 6/90, which appeared in 1954, the Pathfinder retained its Riley twin cam, four cylinder engine and lowered stance which helped both looks and handling with a top speed of nearly 100mph, making it an ideal Police car!

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