Nos.50-55 Road Tanker Series
In 1963 Budgie introduced the Road Tanker Series with a new range of numbers from 50 to 55 with an 'R.T.' prefix. These were a unified group using the same castings but painted in the different colours and liveries of oil companies.
The cab and chassis of the Tankers was a one-piece casting which included a contol box and pipe unit on one side. There was no base and the wheel axles fitted directly onto the chassis. 'A Budgie Model', 'Made in England' and 'Tanker Series' was the lettering cast underneath.
The tank was a separate casting which slotted onto the chassis using either a simple clip-fit system with two lugs near the rear on each side, or a rivet through the centre of the chassis between the rear wheels. There was a tab at the front which slotted into the base of the cab.
The chassis had two castings, one with clip-fit holes on the sides, one without, but interestingly both had a central hole for a rivet. The wheels were black plastic.
Although withdrawn in 1966, the Tankers must have been popular as several versions are still easy to find. The rare ones are the Shell and Shell BP variations including the Modern boxes.
Boxes & Packs
The Road Tankers were sold in Modern Vehicle Series (type 2) boxes with each version having its own illustrated box and an 'R.T.' number.
Numbers 50 to 55 were also issued in both yellow and blue Budgie blister-packs but often the cards carried random numbers not in line with the box numbers. Surprisingly the Road Tankers did not have their own Budgie triple blister-pack. The exception was No.55 Mobil Tanker which was included in 98A Utility Vehicle Set.
1963-64 Yellow Budgie Toys blister-packs (Guiterman)
1963-66 MODERN Vehicle Series (type 2) boxes
1964-66 Blue Budgie blister-packs (Guiterman)