Glam Toy Products GTP-508 4 Door Sedan Car - POLICE

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This model is the Glam Toy Products GTP-508 4 Door Sedan Car in Blue and Cream Police livery. I have coded this as #508-B as this model has a plain baseplate and no bell/siren mechanism.

The model has a one-piece, pressed metal body, 103mm in length. It has been shaped with rudimentary representations of the body lines. There is no glazing - all the features are litho-printed onto the body. At the front are representations of the windows, head lights and grille, and printed numberplate – blue lettering on a silver background [G.T.P. 508]. To the sides there are no outlines of the doors but door handles have been litho-printed below the appropriate windows with the right hand front window showing the profile of the driver. The handles give the impression the rear doors are of the "suicide door" variety (rear hinged rather than front hinged). The lower sides are in blue with a cream flash representing the door handles, while the upper body is in cream. The roof is cream with a blue outlined panel with silver background and blue "POLICE" lettering. The rear bears the legend "Made in England" below the boot area and below the silver numberplate with blue lettering reading "G.T.P. 508".

The original two part, pressed tin wheels are still on the model, mounted on steel axles with crimped ends.

The baseplate is a single piece, flat, pressed tin unit. It has been press fitted to the body and the edges rolled to hold it over the edges of the body. It has been plated or painted in a silver coating, which on this model has remained fairly well intact. There is no manufacturer's marks or country of origin details on the base.

I do not know exactly when this item was issued but believe it to be between 1950 and 1959.

Item: 2826

 

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This model is the Glam Toy Products GTP-508 4 Door Sedan Car in Blue and Cream Police livery. I have coded this as #508-A as this model has different baseplate features and a working bell/siren mechanism.

The model has a one-piece, pressed metal body, 105mm in length. It has been shaped with rudimentary representations of the body lines. There is no glazing - all the features are litho-printed onto the body. At the front are representations of the windows, head lights and grille, and printed numberplate – blue lettering on a silver background [G.T.P. 508]. To the sides there are no outlines of the doors but door handles have been litho-printed below the appropriate windows with the right hand front window showing the profile of the driver. The handles give the impression the rear doors are of the "suicide door" variety (rear hinged rather than front hinged). The lower sides are in blue with a cream flash representing the door handles, while the upper body is in cream. The roof is cream with a blue outlined panel with silver background and blue "POLICE" lettering. The rear bears the legend "Made in England" below the boot area and below the silver numberplate with blue lettering reading "G.T.P. 508".

This model is equipped with a working bell/siren mechanism. The mechanism consists of a long metal bar that protrudes through the front windscreen, over the bonnet. I'm not sure why, as pulling or pushing or lifting the bar seems to have no effect on what happens. The bar then passes through the body of the vehicle to the rear axle which passes through the bar. The rear end is shaped with a small notch which plucks at a folded tab (part of the baseplate) and produces a sound as the model is pushed across the floor. Now that the toy is over 60 years old this sound is more like a loud clicking than a "note" which I assume it originally played in the same manner as the early tin musical toy boxes that would play a tune as the handle was turned and tuned metal bars were plucked by the striking arm of the mechanism.

The original two part, pressed tin wheels are still on the model, mounted on steel axles with crimped ends.

The baseplate is a single piece, pressed tin unit however, unlike the other Glam Toy products in my possession at this time, it has been pressed to provide a shape similar to an engine block between the two front wheels, strengthening grooves and ridges across the width of the baseplate, a hole forward of the rear axle (the metal from which is bent inwards to act as a holder for the siren bar), and a hole to the rear of the rear axle (the metal from which acts as the "tuned" siren note maker). It has been press fitted to the body and the edges rolled to hold it over the edges of the body. It has been plated or painted in a silver coating, which on this model has mostly gone. There are no manufacturer's marks or country of origin details on the base.

I do not know exactly when this item was issued but believe it to be between 1950 and 1959 and probably very early in the period due to the added features on the toy.

Item: 2834