Lledo

Lledo was a brand of die cast toys, founded in 1982 by Matchbox co-founder Jack Odell, and Burt Russell. The factory produced diecast vehicles in Enfield, England from 1983 to 1999. Models were later made in China. Lledo was a reversal of Odell's own surname. Odell and Russell bought machinery from the Universal company, which had purchased the Matchbox plant and shipped it to Macau. The tooling they purchased was re-shipped back to the Enfield, England where in April 1983 the new Days Gone range was launched. The name was obviously meant to hark back to the Matchbox "Models of Yesteryear" line. The first Lledo models appeared on the market in early 1983. Some Lledos were sold in the U.S. under the Hartoys name, headquartered in Florida, and mainly selling a series of trucks to be sold in supermarkets and drug stores. By the early 1990s, Hartoys was using Chinese diecasters to continue to make quality models, now called the "American Highway Legends" (AHL). Other Lledos were marketed in the Netherlands under the Edocar name. Lledo launched the Vanguards range in 1996, which specialized in replica classic British cars, and later, other European vehicles. Many traditional British marques were represented and the line grew to more than 40 different vehicles. British trucks were also produced in this line. Vanguards were a departure from earlier Lledos, as they were produced in a consistent 1:43 scale. Although shipping high volumes of product, the company could not compete against low cost producers from Hong Kong and China who also entered the special promotions market with high quality products. As a result, Lledo went bankrupt in 1999, and the naming rights and model range were bought by Corgi which continued producing Lledo models in China until 2005, when the remaining models were merged into the Corgi Classics range.
Jack Odell died on 8 July 2007 at the age of 87. His venerable Lledo range was among the last (if not the last) mass production diecast manufacturer to make its products in the British Isles.




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Delivery Van & 2 Horses "Big Top" (110mm)

Delivery Van & 2 Horses "Big Top" (110mm)

Delivery Van & 2 Horses. Made by Lledo of England as part of their "Days Gone " series. Decorated in " Big Top " livery. This toy is in very...
$10.00
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Delivery Van & 2 Horses "Staffordshire County Show" (110mm)

Delivery Van & 2 Horses "Staffordshire County Show" (110mm)

Delivery Van & 2 Horses. Made by Lledo of England as part of their "Days Gone " series. Decorated in " Staffordshire County Show " livery. This...
$10.00
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Delivery Van & 2 Horses "Williams Griffin" (110mm)

Delivery Van & 2 Horses "Williams Griffin" (110mm)

Delivery Van & 2 Horses. Made by Lledo of England as part of their "Days Gone " series. Decorated in " Williams Griffin " livery. This toy is in...
$10.00
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Delivery Van & Horse "Coca-Cola" (93mm)

Delivery Van & Horse "Coca-Cola" (93mm)

Delivery Van & Horse. Made by Lledo of England as part of their "Days Gone " series. Decorated in " Coca-Cola " livery. This toy is in very good...
$10.00
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Delivery Van & Horse "L.S.W.R." (93mm)

Delivery Van & Horse "L.S.W.R." (93mm)

Delivery Van & Horse. Made by Lledo of England as part of their "Days Gone " series. Decorated in " L.S.W.R. " livery. This toy is in very good...
$10.00
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Delivery Van & Horse "Staffordshire County Show" (93mm)

Delivery Van & Horse "Staffordshire County Show" (93mm)

Delivery Van & Horse. Made by Lledo of England as part of their "Days Gone " series. Decorated in " Staffordshire County Show " livery. This toy...
$10.00
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Delivery Van & Horse "Tri-Sum" (93mm)

Delivery Van & Horse "Tri-Sum" (93mm)

Delivery Van & Horse. Made by Lledo of England as part of their "Days Gone " series. Decorated in " Tri-Sum Potato Chips " livery. This toy is...
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Delivery Van & Horse "Windmill Bakery." (93mm)

Delivery Van & Horse "Windmill Bakery." (93mm)

Delivery Van & Horse. Made by Lledo of England as part of their "Days Gone " series. Decorated in " Windmill Bakery " livery. This toy is in...
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Double Decker Bus & 2 Horses "Mason's Pantry" (106mm)

Double Decker Bus & 2 Horses "Mason's Pantry" (106mm)

Double Decker Bus & 2 Horses. Made by Lledo of England as part of their "Days Gone " series. Decorated in " Mason's Pantry " livery. This toy is...
$10.00
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Ford Model AA Delivery Van "Cadbury" (75mm, 1930)

Ford Model AA Delivery Van "Cadbury" (75mm, 1930)

Ford Model AA Delivery Van. Made by Lledo of England. Decorated in " Cadbury " livery. This toy is in very good original condition. The box is in...
$10.00
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