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--23e and 221 'Speed of the Wind' Racing Car (1936-56) (cont...)

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Thanks Jan.

I still haven't told everyone (except Walter) about my other recent pre-war find. I'll get some photos up soon.

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Clamping the initial base plate of an early pre-war example in some more detail:

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With this pre-war addition comparison of base plates in one picture is easy now:

Top > down: 1952-1956, 1938-1952 and 1936-1938.

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Jan, a very nice and interesting comparison of the pre-war base with the post-war one. You will of course immediately see the difference. The large post-war lettering against the small pre-war and the omission of the wheel drive on the post-war because of the lettering. The earliest without name of the model. The latest with model number. I like comparisons like that.

What is also immediately noticeable are the holes in the base of the pre-war and the differences in rivets. I wonder why the holes in the base were needed. Was this perhaps necessary for pressing the wheel drive bulge?

Kind regards, Jan Oldenhuis

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There is another small change to the baseplates of the 23e Speed of the Wind: the prewar-baseplates have those two little "angel wings" behind the differential. The late post-war baseplates (ca. 1948/49) had them omitted, before the new black baseplate was introduced.

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Thank you, gentlemen, for your comments.

I presume the holes are for fixing the models during paint spraying, that is, for the models which have base plates in the same colour as the body only.

I had not noticed that angel wings difference before! My two examples without are models with domed axle ends. The others have crimped axle ends.

So I produced an adjusted picture below. Kind regards, Jan 

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My version almost has to be from 1946, and has the angel wings and red baseplate, along with smooth, non-ridged wheels, white tires, and painted driver's face.

     Best regards,  Terry

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An early post-war (1945-46) example not seen here yet: silver, red details, smooth black hubs, white herringbone tyres, white driver with face detail. Base plate, not shown, is silver, with model name and the 'angel wings' behind the differential. 

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Jan--Very nice, and I think this one of yours and mine shown above must be from the same, very early post-war time......1945-1946, as each has the same features.

    Best regards,  Terry

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I agree, Terry, this is the silver brother of your red one, except for the unusual, white finished driver, albeit with the same face detail. Thanks and kind regards, Jan 

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An update, including a cigarette card showing the real Speed of the Wind, the present state of affairs of my 'Speed of the Wind' subcollection, and finally a rather unusual version, red with white trim, smooth hubs. Kind regards, Jan 

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In 1936, the V12 Rolls Royce aeroengine of the "Speed of the Wind" was replaced by a diesel engine, the car was resprayed in red and now called "Flying Spray". Eyston continued to achieve records in 1936/37. Willi's cigarettes card therefore show the "Flying Spray" rather than the "Speed of the Wind".

Right after the war the Dinky "Speed of the Wind" had its base plate rivetted instead of just clipped-in and was initially available with thick post-war axles (1.9mm instead of 1.6mm) and smooth pre-war rims. Colour schemes were red, sometimes with a with white stripe or silver, sometimes with a red stripe, the drivers were white, later brown or black.

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