On the 4th anniversary of its purchase by Grampian Transport Museum, the TV-famous ex-Grampian Police Rover SD1, C356 YST, is included in the 2019 spring catalogue of one of the world’s leading die-cast model car makers, Corgi.
The car was originally purchased in 1985 by Grampian Police (now part of Police Scotland) to combat speedsters on the recently opened Stonehaven by-pass. It is a ‘Vitesse’ version with the 190bhp fuel injected V8 engine (capable of accelerating faster than a Ferrari Dino in its day) and other police specified modifications.
At the end of its service in May 1988, with over 90,000 miles and 1200 convictions recorded, it was sold into private hands, eventually re-surfacing in 2014 as a rebuild project on the Channel 4 TV programme “For the Love of Cars”.
Following this very public refurbishment, on January 10th 2015 Grampian Transport Museum successfully bid for the car at auction and brought it ‘home’ to be enjoyed by young and old alike, on display or on ‘rides’ days at the museum.
Now this famous car is being ‘immortalised’ as a highly detailed 1/48th scale die-cast model from Corgi and it will be on sale in june. The Grampian Transport Museum opens for the 2019 season on Saturday 30th March it is hoped to have a stock of Corgi models available for visitors and collectors to buy for themselves!