270 James Bond Aston Martin with the ‘Red Spot”
Some guy there had previously shown how to remove red spots and re-attach to a Whizzwheels model without taking off the baseplate. Other mint Whizzwheel Corgis with the red spots have shown up on ebay lately as well. Please Beware!
They were all called Whizzwheels. Just the early ones had the red dot ones.
These are not easy to reproduce as the wheels are metal and the red dot is a nylon insert. The bigger tires, like the Batmobile, are available as replacements, but the smaller ones, like front wheels of some models, are not. I asked the tire man in Holland and he said it was to expensive to make a new mold.
However there are lots of wrecks where you can take those wheels off.
I would not pay huge amounts for some "special" models with red dots. They are indeed easy to swap.
The Astro did come originally with Red Spot Wheels, so did the early Ferrari Dino, Pontiac Firebird and that is it I believe. But in that period who is to say they did not use them up to complete an order? So don't be to excited about them, eventhough they are attractive and preferred over the later ones.
Here is a prime example. I'm not quite sure if it is original ? Don't fall for it:
is a "Code 3" version of the Corgi 270 James Bond Aston Martin
with the first type 'RED DOT WHIZZWHEEL' with rubber tyre.
model still has the features of the gold version but does not have rotating
number plates and extending rear tyre 'slashers'.
The car has been opened and repainted to a perfect finish looking as good as the day it was produced. The driver figure is original but the bandit is a replacement. The car has been kept as original as possible and only necessary parts have been replaced. It comes to you complete with a repro window box and instruction sheet. Included is a 270 repro box for display.
The first version of Corgi 270 James Bond Aston Martin with rotating number plates and with extending rear tyre 'slashers' was made between 1968 and 1976.
Corgi 270 James Bond Aston Martin without rotating number plates and without
extending rear tyre 'slashers' was made between 1976 and 1978.
use the Whizzwheels with the ‘’Red Spot” hub centers between
1968 and 1970. The few existing “‘Red Spot” would soon
all make obsolete by the new, all plastic wheels, to be available very shortly.
if Corgi made a Corgi 270 James Bond Aston Martin with the ‘‘Red
Spot” hub centers (1968-1970), it’s on first version of Corgi
270 with rotating number plates and with extending rear tyre 'slashers'
(1968-1976) not on a Corgi 270 without rotating number plates and without
extending rear tyre 'slashers' (1976-1978).
are 6 years between ends of “Red Spot” production and begin
of Corgi 270 without rotating number plates and without extending rear tyre
'slashers', it’s impossible for Corgi to make a car like this!
The Corgi 270 receiving directly the new all plastic wheels in 1976 (6 years after ends of “Red Spot” production) only on the version without rotating number plates and without extending rear tyre 'slashers'.
Anyway Corgi never made a Corgi 270 James Bond Aston Martin with the ‘Red Spot” hub centers.
So it was featured in the Corgi Collector Magazine - Issue 224, page 15 but this featured don’t say it’s a genuine car or not! I have a doubt and this Magazine it’s not a proof.