Mettoy 3005 Ambulance - Friction Drive

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This model is the Mettoy Playthings 3005 Friction DriveAmbulance in black and cream.

It has no opening parts. All detail is litho-printed on the model. The upper body and hood (bonnet) is painted cream and red. At the front are the windows with driver and nurse visible. Below the window is a red panel that runs around the mid body. The sides have front windows in which the profiles of the driver and nurse can be seen. Immediately behind this is a black St John's cross below which is the word Ambulance in black on the red panel. The rear side window has no additional detail and the rear of the model has the upper outlines of the two rear doors with windows. The lower body is black and at the front it carries the representations of the grille, headlights and side lights and numberplate [A3005] in cream. The lower sides have the outlines of the front doors, each carrying a crest incorporating a crown and laurel leaves and at the rear are the red tail lights and lower door shape with handles. Across the rear doors is the legend "Made in Gt Britain". The roof is cream with a St John's cross in black above the windscreen area. Behind this is an "Ambulance" sign in cream on a black background. A black, centred air vent is to the rear and above the rear doors is another numberplate in cream on black background.

All wheels are black plastic on steel axles. The rear axle passes through the friction drive mechanism that powers the vehicle and makes a siren sound.

The base plate is cream painted metal and is unmarked with the manufacturer's name or country of origin. It is held in place with folded tabs that are part of the body and it is folded up so that the body sits inside the upturned folds.

This model was issued circa 1950s.

Item: 3057