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Thunderbirds was set during the mid-2060s, but a surprisingly high percentage of toy vehicles are seen that were common on roads a hundred years earlier (1965). Most of vehicles used in the background, generally fell into three categories:

  • A. Die-cast metal toys manufactured by Corgi, Dinky and Matchbox.
  • B. Model kits available for sale, such as Airfix, Revel, AMT and Monogram.
  • C. Scratch built models, made in the work shops at the Slough studio. These were larger-scale or custom designed cars for use in close-up scenes.

This is a list of Die-cast Vehicles seen in episodes of Thunderbirds.

Matchbox Die-cast Toy VehiclesEdit

Matchbox was introduced by Lesney Products in 1953. The brand was so named as the original die-cast Matchbox toys were sold in boxes similar in style and size to those in which matches were sold. The model range was available in most toy shops, and were easily obtained close by the Slough studios.

  • No.11 Jumbo Crane is seen at the base of the San Martino dam in Path Of Destruction.
  • No.14 Bedford Ambulance can be seen at the crash site of flight D-103 in Alias Mr. Hackenbacker.
  • No.20 Chevrolet Impala Taxi Cab can be seen at New York Central Airport in The Duchess Assignment.
  • No.22 Pontiac Grand Prix can be seen just outside the hangar door of the USAF RTL-2 Transporter, in The Cham-Cham.
  • No.25 BP Tanker can be seen at New York Central Airport in The Duchess Assignment.
  • No.29 Fire Pumper, can be seen at the base of the San Martino dam in Path Of Destruction and again at the crash of Flight D-103 in Alias Mr. Hackenbacker.
  • No.30 8-wheel Crane can be seen at the base of the San Martino dam in Path Of Destruction.
  • No.34 Volkswagen Camping Car is seen during the crash of Zero-X at Craigsville, in the film Thunderbirds Are Go.
  • No.35 Snowtrac Tractor can be seen parked near to the Number 1 Lift Body Hangar at Glenn Field Spaceport, and also just outside the hangar door of the RTL-2 Transporter in The Cham-Cham.
  • No.37 Coca-Cola Truck can be seen at New York Central Airport in The Duchess Assignment.
  • No.38 Vauxhall Victor Estate Car can be seen at New York Central Airport in The Duchess Assignment.
  • No.40 Long Distance Bus is also parked at New York Central Airport in The Duchess Assignment.
  • No.43 Hillman Minx can be seen in several episodes parked at London International Airport.
  • No.55 Dodge Polara Police Car repainted in the classic black and white "Panda" police car paint scheme. Can be seen in several episodes.
Main article: Police Patrol Cars

Also used as Police cars are another two examples: No:59 Fire Chief and the No:59a variant. The Fire Chief version was also seen inside Thunderbird 2's hangar in Terror In New York City.

  • No.60 Morris Pick-up Truck is seen during the crash of Zero-X at Craigsville, in the film Thunderbirds Are Go.
  • No.65 Jaguar 3.8 Sedan can be seen in several episodes parked at London International Airport.
  • No.69 Hatra Tractor Shovel can be seen next to the Number 1 Lift Body Hangar at Glenn Field Spaceport in the feature film Thunderbirds Are Go.
  • No.70 Ford Estate Car can be seen just outside the hangar door of the USAF RTL-2 Transporter, in The Cham-Cham.
  • No:70a Ford Grit Spreader can be seen at the base of the San Martino dam in Path Of Destruction.
  • No:71. Jeep Pick-up Truck can be seen at the base of the Empire State Building in Terror In New York City.
  • No.K3 Hatra Tractor Shovel is a king size example (1/16th scale) and can be seen in The Impostors, driving along the deck of a World Navy Aircraft Carrier.
  • No.M1 Autotanker, is often seen disguised. This 8-wheeled yellow and green truck can be seen at London International Airport, at the site of the bogus rescue attempt in The Impostors and at other locations where it may noticed painted red and customized to appear as a fire tender.
  • No.K9 Inter-State Double Freighter appears in many episodes, sometimes with both trailers attached, with only one trailer, or just the tractor. The original "Cooper-Jarrett" yellow arrow on the trailers is normally covered with a black arrow, sometimes with a number in the centre and /or with "BAOC" or "Air Freight" lettering. The tractor is sometimes seen with a flashing red rooftop beacon.
Main article: Air Freight Lorries

Corgi Die-Cast Toy VehiclesEdit

Corgi Toys is the name of a range of die-cast toy vehicles produced by Mettoy Playcraft Ltd. in the United Kingdom. The Mettoy (Metal Toy) company was founded in 1933 by German émigré Philip Ullmann in Northampton, England, where he was later joined by South African-born German Arthur Katz, they decided to market a range of toy vehicles as competition to Meccano's Dinky Toys model vehicles, which had dominated the British market for many years. Corgi Toys were introduced in the UK in July 1956 and were manufactured in Swansea, Wales, for twenty seven years before the company went into liquidation.

  • No:262. Rambler Marlin Sports Fast Back, two of this type can be seen parked at Glenn Field (in the feature film Thunderbirds Are Go) along with several other makes of car.
  • No:475. Citroen Safari is one of only two cars seen on Tracy Island. In Terror In New York City, Thunderbird 2 had been shot down and is under repair. It is seen parked in front of Thunderbird 2 along side a Matchbox No.59, Fire Chief car.

The most frequently seen die-cast car is the Ford Thunderbird in either No.214 Hard Top, or No.215 Convertible.

Main article: Ford Thunderbird - Cars
  • No.218 Aston Martin in various colours can be seen in the background at Glenn Field in the feature film Thunderbirds Are Go.
  • No.229 Chevrolet Corvair is one of several cars that are destroyed by the crash landing of Zero X at Craigsville.
  • No.235 & 237 Oldsmobile Super 88, can be seen repainted at London International Airport in several episodes.
  • No.241 Ghia L6.4 can be seen parked at Glenn Field (in the feature film Thunderbirds Are Go) along with several other makes of car.
  • No.245 Buick Riviera was available in several different colours and were often seen in the background, it was also painted in the classic white and black colour scheme with 'police' emblazoned across the front doors and with rooftop light beacons. Used as Police Cruisers, they were seen in many episodes at roadblocks and chasing cars.
Main article: Police Patrol Cars
  • No.437 Superior Ambulance was seen amongst others at Craigsville, where the Zero X crashed landed.
  • No.264 Ford Fairlane R.C.M.P was seen at Glenn Field in the feature film Thunderbirds Are Go, along with several other types of vehicles.
  • No.1120 Midland Red Motorway Express Coach can be spotted parked at London International Airport in several episodes.

Dinky Die-cast Toy VehiclesEdit

Frank Hornby established Meccano Ltd. in 1901 to make metal erector construction sets, moved into trains with the first train appearing in 1920. In the early 1930s, Meccano had made many types of tin plate and other metal cars mostly in kit form. In the April 1934 issue of Meccano Magazine they were given the name 'Meccano Dinky Toys' for the first time. In August 1935, the name Meccano was dropped and the marque became DINKY TOYS until 1971.

  • No.005 Ford Thunderbird turns up in a number of places. One prominent example is destroyed by the Zero X at Glenn Field Spaceport.
  • No.281 Pathe News Camera Car was seen at Glenn Field in the feature film Thunderbirds Are Go, along with several other types of vehicles.

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