The Carmichael Commando, in real life, was a fairly unique vehicle. It was a three-axle 6x4 modified Land Rover Range Rover, which was offered as both a fire engine and a luxury SUV. Many of the fire engine conversions are still in use in the UK, though all have been converted to 6x6, as there is a rule in the UK stating that all fire engines must be all-wheel drive.
The Matchbox version, however, was never sold in the US market. It was offered only as an international only model.
It had only had a few variations when it was made in England. The casting was sent to Bulgaria, where it has had scores of tampo and color variations, and it has been said that it is still being produced over there.
There are two versions of this casting. One with a ladder on the roof, the other with siren speakers. The latter of which was exclusive to the Bulgarian produced versions, as the speakers were from the Mercedes SEL police car.
This Matchbox model has been issued in the following versions:
|Col #||Year||Series||Color||Tampo||Base Color / Type||Window Color||Interior Color||Wheel Type||Toy #||Country||Notes / Variations||Photo|
|MB57||1982||1-75||White||Orange stripe, POLICE RESCUE||Black/ Plastic||Blue||Gray||England||ROW Edit|
|MB57||1983||1-75||Red||White stripe, FIRE||Black/ Plastic||Blue||Gray||England||ROW Edit|