- this is a pre-production example of what was scheduled to be Corgi no.
43213, a Kowloon Motor Bus 12-metre Volvo Olympian . This model was to
feature KMB's standard air-conditioned bus livery.
KMB released the first 12-metre air-conditioned
Volvo Olympian in May 1997, which featured fleet no. 3AV112 on route 101
Being the first of Corgi's new casting, it proved very popular and it sold
out in a short time. As a result, KMB wanted to release a second Volvo
Olympian air-conditioned model, this time featuring an 11-metre version,
which the casting correctly represented.
As KMB could not decide which bus they wanted
to release, 6 pre-production models were produced. These all carried the
route no. 300 to Sheung Wan, as 300 was a 'golden' route in KMB. However,
80M wanted to feature route 80M (for obvious reasons!) and they reached
agreement with KMB and Corgi. KMB therefore decided to release a second
Trident model with the route no 300 (see 44303).
As a result of the delay, the model was eventually released with a product
code of 43220.
The product number 43213
was eventually used for the third of three New World First Bus Volvo Olympians.