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43207 - Volvo Olympian/Alexander
Kowloon Motor Bus
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The model - for some reason, Corgi or KMB decided to give this model an identity crisis. Despite being labelled as an Olympian, the model has been given the identity of a Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Dragon! This is despite the reunification livery being applied to an Alexander Olympian (see photograph below). The model was initially released in Hong Kong only during October 1997, but quantities subsequently appeared in the UK. The AD class has been modeled both by Drumwell and Collector's Model and examples of these can be found here.

In September 2006, I received a photograph of a second version of this model, which featured a pale blue skirt, as opposed to the green skirt applied to this model. All other details of this model remained identical with the excption that there was no decals on the roof. It was subsequently confirmed that this second version was issued as a gift to customers of KMB.

In July 2020 I was lucky enough to acquire one of these models and below are some comparison photographs.

The bus - as mentioned above, AD247 is an 11 metre Dennis Dragon with Duple Metsec bodywork. The AD class totalled 360 vehicles.

 
 Manufacturer of model  Corgi
 Scale  1:76
 Prototype chassis  Dennis Dragon
 Prototype bodywork  Duple Metsec
 Prototype length  11 metre
 Fleet number  AD247
 Registration number  GR 3429
 Route number  102
 Destination  Shau Kei Wan
 Commissioned by  Kowloon Motor Bus
 Quantity (total)  10,000
 
      Hong Kong 
UK
 Quantities (if known)
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 Date released
Oct 1997
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The standard release is on the left
 

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the certificates
top - special release
bottom - standard release

   
   

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