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Jack Odell, one of the founders of the famous Matchbox brand, founded his own company called Lledo in 1982. The first Lledo models were similar to the Matchbox "Models of Yesteryear" range, but slightly smaller. After that several model cars in exact 1/43rd scale had already been released in this series (Morris Minor Traveller and Van, VW Beetle), Lledo started production of the "Vanguards" range in 1996: 1/43rd scale models of British cars from the 1950s to the 1970s and 1/64th scale truck models. Originally the Vanguards range was made in England, but soon production moved to China. In 1999 Lledo was taken over by Corgi. The new owner decided to keep the Vanguards name and released many new models in this range.

Morris Marina
blue; United Kingdom 1971
Vanguards (China), no. VA06300
diecast, scale 1:43; acquired 2001
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Reliant Regal Supervan III
"Trotter's Independent Trading"; United Kingdom 1970
Vanguards (United Kingdom), no. VA22003
diecast, scale 1:43; acquired 1999
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Rover P6 3500 V8
beige/black; United Kingdom 1968
Vanguards (China), no. VA06500
diecast, scale 1:43; acquired 2005
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Rover SD1 Vanden Plas
black; United Kingdom 1982
Vanguards (China), no. VA09000
diecast, scale 1:43; acquired 2009
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Vauxhall PA Cresta
silver/dark red; United Kingdom 1958
Vanguards (China), no. VA06403
diecast, scale 1:43; acquired 2002
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