Budgie Miniatures

No.14 Packard Convertible

Budgie Miniatures No.14 Packard Convertible

No.14 Packard Convertible was the first model based on an American car appearing as Esso Series No.14 Packard Convertible in 1957. After 1959 it was re-issued by Budgie in various different boxes and packs. The model was made by Modern Products Ltd. who took over the Budgie name after 1966 and continued to sell it until 1970.

 

The Packard was a conventional body and base model with a separate driver and a plastic screen, a new innovation at the time. The red interior seats were part of the base and included a hole or indenture for the driver. The lettering on the base rather oddly had 'Made in England' included twice.

 

The first colours for No.14 Packard Convertible in the Esso Series were beige body (with plenty of silver trim on the large grille, headlights and front & rear bumpers), red seats and base, an amber coloured plastic screen and a tan driver whose casting included the steering wheel. The wheels were unpainted metal.

 

This version remained unchanged at first when Budgie re-issued it in 1961 as a Budgie Miniature.

 

After 1963 several changes occurred beginning with a switch to black plastic wheels. Then the screen colour became blue for a time before reverting back to amber. Finally, the driver changed from tan to gold.

 

For most of this time, the Packard remained beige but a last run in metallic blue was issued in 1968 when several other Budgie models were painted in metallic colours.

 

After the Esso Series ended, the Packard did not get a yellow 'Budgie Toys' blister-pack being issued instead in 'Mobile' and 'Modern' boxes. It was also included in the Budgie Gift Set No.12.

 

The Packard was included when blue blister-packs were started and this remained the main selling method until 1970. It was also included in Triple blister-pack No.99A Traffic Set and was sold in America in World Toy House blister-packs.

Morestone Esso Petrol Pump Series No.14 Packard Convertible

Variation 1 : amber screen, tan driver, umw

Esso Petrol Pump box with Garage Coupon

Budgie Miniatures No.14 Packard Convertible - umw, Mobile box
Budgie Miniatures No.14 Packard Convertible - umw, Mobile box

Variation 1 : amber screen, tan driver, umw

MOBILE Vehicle Series box

No.14 Packard Convertible

Model Variations

 

  • (1)    BEIGE,                  AMBER screen    TAN driver     unpainted metal wheels

 

  • (2)    BEIGE,                  AMBER screen    TAN driver      black plastic wheels

 

  • (3)    BEIGE,                  BLUE screen        GOLD driver  black plastic wheels

 

  • (4)    BEIGE,                  AMBER screen    GOLD driver   black plastic wheels

 

  • (5)   METALLIC BLUE   AMBER screen     GOLD driver  black plastic wheels

Budgie Miniatures No.14 Packard Convertible - variatiuon 1

Variation 1

 

BEIGE

RED seats

AMBER screen

TAN driver

unpainted metal wheels

Budgie Miniatures No.14 Packard Convertible - variation 2

Variation 2

 

BEIGE

RED seats

AMBER screen

TAN driver

black plastic wheels

Budgie Miniatures ~No.14 Packard Convertible - variation 3

Variation 3

 

BEIGE

RED seats

BLUE screen

GOLD driver

black plastic wheels

Budgie Miniatures No.14 Packard Convertible - variation 4

Variation 4

 

BEIGE

RED seats

AMBER screen

GOLD driver

black plastic wheels

Budgie Miniatures No.14 Packard Convertible - variation 5

Variation 5

 

METALLIC BLUE

DARK RED seats

AMBER screen

GOLD driver

black plastic wheels

Budgie Miniatures No.14 Packard Convertible - bpw, blue screen, gold driver, Modern (type 1) box
Budgie Miniatures No.14 Packard Convertible - bpw, blue screen, gold driver, Modern (type 1) box

Variation 3 : blue screen, gold driver, bpw

MODERN Vehicle Series box

No.14 Packard Convertible

Boxes & Packs

 

1957-59    Esso Petrol Pump Series boxes

 

1961-64    Budgie Gift Set No.12

 

1961-63    MOBILE Vehicle Series boxes

 

1962-66    Blue 'Budgie' blister-packs (Guiterman)

 

1964-66    MODERN Vehicle Series (type 1) boxes

 

1965-66    Triple blister-pack No.99A Traffic Set

 

1966-70   World Toy House blister-packs (US)

 

1967-70    Blue 'Budgie' blister-packs (Budgie Models)

Blister-packs

Budgie Miniatures No.14 Packard Convertible - blue blister-pack
Budgie Miniatures No.14 Packard Convertible - metallic blue, blue blister-pack
Budgie Miniatures No.14 Packard Convertible
Budgie Miniatures No.14 Packard Convertible - variations
Budgie Miniatures No.14 Packard Convertible - base

The real Packard Convertible

Nicholas Martin Diecast

Morestone, Budgie, Benbros Vintage Toys

Britains Lilliput Vehicles     Kemlows Sentry Box

Abbreviations used on Nicholas Martin Diecast

   

  • bpw  - black plastic wheels

  • pmw - painted metal wheels

  • pw    - plastic wheels

  • spw  - silver plastic wheels

  • um    - unpainted metal

  • umw - unpainted metal wheels

  • id.     - maker's identification

 

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