Budgie Miniatures

No.27 Fire Chief Car

Budgie Miniatures No.27 Fire Chief Car

One of the most successful Budgie Miniatures was No.5 Police Car based on the Wolseley 6/80 vehicle, and in 1964 a new version was created with a different name and number, No.27 Fire Chief Car.

 

The body was the same casting as No.5 but this time it was painted red. Silver trim was added to the grille, headlights and rear bumper. The wheels of this first issue were grey plastic.

 

The roof-top metal loudspeakers were retained and to start with these were trimmed with white paint.

 

No.27 also had a revised base. The casting included the original bell and front bumper but the lettering was altered to read 'Budgie Models', 'Fire Chief Car' (between raised 'brackets'), 'No.27' and 'Made in England'.

 

It was not long before Budgie dropped the white loudspeakers in favour of unpainted ones, but the grey-wheeled model had only a short run before Budgie switched to using black plastic wheels.

 

Although it first appeared in 1964, No.27 was not issued in the Modern Vehicle Series boxes but only in blue Budgie blister-packs and in the US in Toy House packs. The black-wheeled variation was also included in two of Budgie's triple blister-packs, No.99a Traffic Set and No.98b Utility Vehicle Set. 

 

Less common in the UK, No.27 Fire Chief Car seems to be mostly found overseas especially in the US. The grey-wheeled variation with white speakers is rare.

Budgie Miniatures No.27 Fire Chief Car
Budgie Miniatures No.27 Fire Chief Car

Variation 1 : gpw, white painted loudspeakers

No.27 Fire Chief Car

Model Variations

 

  • (1)  RED body,  silver trim,  WHITE loudspeakers,            SILVER painted base,   GREY plastic wheels

  • (2)  RED body,  silver trim,  UNPAINTED loudspeakers,   SILVER painted base,   GREY plastic wheels

 

  • (3)  RED body,  silver trim,  UNPAINTED loudspeakers,   SILVER painted base,   BLACK plastic wheels

Budgie Miniatures No.27 Fire Chief Car

Variation 2: gpw, unpainted loudspeakers

Budgie Miniatures No.27 Fire Chief Car
Budgie Miniatures No.27 Fire Chief Car

Variation 3: bpw, unpainted loudspeakers

Budgie Miniatures No.27 Fire Chief Car - loudspeaker variations

White painted & unpainted loudspeakers

Budgie Miniatures No.27 Fire Chief Car - wheels and base

Grey plastic & black plastic wheels, base lettering

No.27 Fire Chief Car

Boxes and Packs

 

  • 1964-66   Blue Budgie blister-packs (Guiterman)

 

  • 1965-70   Toy House blister-packs (US)

  • 1965-66   Budgie No.99a Traffic Set (triple blister-pack)

 

  • 1966-70   Blue Budgie blister-packs (Budgie Models)

 

  • 1967-70   Budgie No.98b Utility Vehicle Set (triple blister-pack)​​

Budgie Miniatures No.27 Fire Chief Car - blue blister-pack
Budgie Miniatures No.27 Fire Chief Car

No.27 Fire Chief Car : blue Budgie blister-packs (Guiterman)

Budgie Miniatures triple blister-pack No.99a Traffic Set

Budgie triple pack No.99a Traffic Set

Budgie Miniatures Triple blister-pack No.98b Utility Vehicle Ser

Budgie triple pack No.98b Utility Vehicle Set

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