Corgi 247 Mercedes Benz 600 Pullman - Rebuild

Corgi first issued this model in 1964. The model came with working windscreen wipers, dappled front windscreen (to represent rain) and rear passenger windows that slid up and down. The model remained in the Corgi Toys range until 1969 and appears to have only been issued in a metallic maroon colour with the usual plastic interior and chrome plated parts.

Corgi 247 box

Corgi 247 Mercedes Benz 600 Pullman


I have several of these models in various states of repair from poor to excellent – almost every model I have seen has chipping to the maroon colour scheme and most have been missing their Mercedes bonnet emblem. Even the so-called "mint" models on eBay all seem to have flaws and/or missing emblems…. So a non-chipped, fully chromed and "emblemed" model seems to be a rarity indeed!

In a fit of enthusiasm in July, 2006 (I decided it was too wet and cold to work on the house, the garage was "reasonably tidy" and any way, I was bored with surfing the Net) I took up the challenge of restoring one of these models. This soon became an exercise in rebuilding the model when I discovered just how difficult it was to match the paint!

Let me digress here to explain that the metallic maroon used on these models is:

  1. darn hard to get off due to it being what appears to be three different layers of paint that make up the metallic maroon, and
  2. it has so far proven very difficult to reproduce a colour close to the original due to the mix of these layers.

Layer one appears to be a top coat of clear lacquer; layer two appears to be a sort of "candy apple red" and layer three appears to be a metallic undercoat of gold. I came to this conclusion due to the fact that my commercial paint stripper took 4-5 coats to get down through to the bare metal! The first coat didn’t seem to do much… but I suspect it took off the clear coat… the second and third coats ate through the red and it took two more coats of stripper to remove the gold. I continue to experiment with mixing to try and get a match but decided, in the interests of actually achieving something, to paint the model metallic silver.

So here we go with a run down of the steps I took to rebuild the model…


  • Drill out the base-plate rivets to enable removal of components.

Image 1 Corgi 247 base

  • Remove the base plate to expose the internal components

Image 2 Corgi 247 base off

  • Remove the plastic chromed parts (bumpers and side trim) and wiper mechanism.

Image 3 Corgi247 Bumper components

  • Remove the interior and windscreens to facilitate cleaning of the parts and buffing of the screens (if required).

Image 4 Corgi 247 all components out

  • Strip, re-glue and repair the components, then re-spray the parts with primer/undercoat (grey) and chrome – I used a can of Chrome Automotive Touch-up Paint obtained from the local SuperCheap Auto store.

Image 5 Corgi 247 rebuilt and rechromed bumpers

  • Next clean and make any necessary repairs to the body. Re-spray with primer/undercoat, sand where necessary, then re-spray (in this case in metallic silver).

Image 6 Corgi 247 undercoated and resprayed silver

  • Take the cleaned interior components and re-assemble, taking care to position the windscreen wipers properly and ensuring the rear passenger windows are fitted back properly.

Image 7 Corgi 247 interior reassembled

  • The tricky part is now to re-fit the interior and glazing into the body shell without the passenger side windows dropping out of place during the fitting process.

Image 8 Corgi 247 interior fitted

  • Carefully replace the chrome trim component.

Image 9 Corgi 247 Bumpers refitted

  • Now fit the wiper driving mechanism ensuring it is up the right way.

Image 10 Corgi 247 wiper driver mechanism refitted

  • Locate the hole in the wiper housing at the dashboard end of the car.

Image 11 Corgi 247 mechanism refit

  • Carefully fit the plastic pin into this hole and fit the component into place.

Image 12 Corgi 247 full mechanism in place

  • Then insert the metal driving cam into its central position.

Image 13 Corgi 247 mechanism closeup

  • Carefully place the plastic switch over the cam.

Image 14 Corgi 247 mechanism closeup 2

  • Pop the baseplate back and ensure everything fits together properly. At this stage you have to decide whether to re-rivet the base or use small screws to fix it in place.

Image 15 Corgi 247 baseplate refitted

  • Since I have not fixed the base plate you’ll have to do with this "finished" shot! Reproduction tyres still to go on.

Image 16 Corgi 247 Almost finished model

So there we have it – relatively easy to rebuild the model and my next attempt will be a two-tone mask sprayed version in gloss maroon and silver, followed by versions in black and maroon, maroon and gold and hopefully, at some stage in the future, a metallic maroon version!



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Ian Cousins, Wellington


Ian Cousins