328 Hillman Imp Monte Carlo with yellow interior

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To make a little more profit from the castings, Corgi extended their Monte Carlo Rally sequence of cars with two more ‘Imps’, #328 and #340. The latter was really a Sunbeam Stiletto but it is called a Sunbeam Imp.

This is #328 and is the same baseplate as #251 with two jewels added at the front and No. 107 and some decals. Most of these models are dark metallic blue with a cream interior, markedly different to the brighter blue and yellow of the normal saloon version. Some have a yellow interior, like this one, which is comparatively scarce.

The rear window opens and the rear seat can be folded down. I can just hear the conversation in the Corgi Board Room.

“So the rear seat folds down?’
‘Yes sir.’
‘‘Nice. Let me try. Oh yes, pushes down very smoothly and lies nice and flat too. Ok, now how do I put it back up again…? ‘
‘Ah. Er, maybe we need to look at that again…’

This is a nice example with a few marks to the paintwork and, importantly, it has good suspension. Most have failed by now as the plastic providing it is brittle. The screens are clean and clear. One of the RN107 decals is a little worn.

Generally a nice, original example of a model not available for very long before being replaced by 340.