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  • #15 & #61 (Q car) Austin Westminster Countryman and #20b Austin A95 Emergency Vehicle

    1956 Austin A95 Emergency Vehicle - this is the same casting as #15 and #61 but comes with a red emergency light and is the only one that does not have "Westminster Countryman" on the base. The decals on the hood and side doors are not original to the model.

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    1956 Austin A95 Westminster Countryman Q Car (same casting as #15 and #20 - however the ambulance comes with a roof light. This is a type of British police car. The unique feature of Budgie models is the specific baseplate they use for their various models.

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      The image file limits have been reset. We have over-limit warnings for the past 3 months and I've had to lower the image file limits. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I know I've mentioned many times before, but it is very important to downsize images - doesn't matter if they are hosted elsewhere or here. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The new limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

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      • #4
        Something has always had me wondering, since 1968, when I first got one: What exactly IS a "Q-Car"? Being black, I thought maybe like a hearse? Anybody know? thanks

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          From what I know of 'Q-Cars', It usually means a car that looks 'straight / normal' ..but is actually hiding a 'souped up' engine & mods. A 'Wolf in Sheeps clothing' as the saying goes.
          I've No idea why an Austin Westminster would have it written on the base.?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Motorcade View Post
            From what I know of 'Q-Cars', It usually means a car that looks 'straight / normal' ..but is actually hiding a 'souped up' engine & mods. A 'Wolf in Sheeps clothing' as the saying goes.
            I've No idea why an Austin Westminster would have it written on the base.?
            That has been my understanding, so like you, always puzzled why this wagon was listed as a Q car - usually on my train layout years ago it served as my morgue wagon/hearse.

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              Click image for larger version  Name:	 Views:	0 Size:	48.2 KB ID:	193847Just found this dark metallic blue Q Car, the first I've seen other than black. I also noticed another one, still on the card, sold recently on ebay.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by pjedsel View Post

                That has been my understanding, so like you, always puzzled why this wagon was listed as a Q car - usually on my train layout years ago it served as my morgue wagon/hearse.
                Update: I just heard from an expert that a Q Car is an "unmarked police vehicle", the Q meaning "quiet", as in no siren or lights.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Motorcade View Post
                  From what I know of 'Q-Cars', It usually means a car that looks 'straight / normal' ..but is actually hiding a 'souped up' engine & mods. A 'Wolf in Sheeps clothing' as the saying goes.
                  I've No idea why an Austin Westminster would have it written on the base.?
                  The "souped up" makes sense, as the unmarked police cars have the same upgraded engines, transmissions, and suspensions the marked police cars have.

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