Leslie Henry Futuristic 2 Door Coupe (Large)

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This is the Leslie Henry Futuristic 2 Door Coupe in light blue with dark blue roof. It is 162mm long, 52mm wide, and 48mm high. some think it was modeled on a Kaiser or a Buick LeSabre concept car, but it has major differences from the Buick LeSabre concept car, and has some differences to the Kaiser.

It is a two piece casting, possibly using borrowed or leased dies from the Canadian Londontoy company, with all detail such as bumpers, lights, body lines and trim, etc. cast into the metal. The roof is a separate cast component, fixed to the body via four small pins that slot into corresponding holes in the body casting.

The interior seats form part of the body casting and there is no glazing on the model.

Leslie Henry issued these models with an additional chassis and bumper unit which is one of the only ways to differentiate the Leslie Henry toys from those produced by Londontoy which did not have a separate chassis, however I am uncertain as to whether this item was ever produced by Londontoy. The chassis has a rudimentary representation of the engine sump, gearbox, drive shaft, axles, and rear differential, together with the chassis rails and front and rear bumpers. On the under-side the model carries no identification of the manufacturer or country of origin. The mold number "1" is cast under the bonnet. The chassis is fixed via two machined rivets.

All wheels are solid rubber with the round headed steel axles passing through the chassis casting.

I do not know when this item was manufactured, but believe it to have been the late 1950s or early 1960s.

Item: 4106