Ken Tyrrell decided to move from third party chassis to his own cars in 1970, disappointing by the performance of March chassis used by the team that season. First home-made vehicle, Tyrrell 001 designed by Frank Gardner, was ready in August 1970, debuted at International Gold Cup at Oulton Park and was used by Jackie Stewart during last three overseas rounds of the Championship. The car was literally home-made because the work on the “Secret Project”, as the new car was codenamed by Tyrrell and Gardner, was performed at the Gardner’s own house. For the 1971 Formula One season the 001 was changed only in small details. And 002 and 003 which were built and appeared later in the season, were no more than slightly modified versions of 001. New features of 002 and 003 were redesigned nose section, longer wheelbase and narrower monocoque. The new 003 car driven by Jackie Stewart won his first race, the Spanish Grand Prix at Montjuic, the second round of the Championship. Then Jackie won 5 more races out of 11 Championship rounds (one victory was achieved by his teammate Francios Cevert) and took his second World Drivers’ Championship collecting almost twice higher points than runner-up Ronnie Peterson. This scale model by Quartzo represents Stewart’s 003 from the Monaco Grand Prix. The same car is also part of RBA Collection.
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Actually, the model is a variant of Quartzo’s Tyrrell 001 basic model painted as Stewart’s 003 in 1971 Monaco GP. As Sergio Reis noted in his comment below, Quartzo produced a series of the models using the same molds of Tyrrell 001. Jackie Stewart used 001 (#11T) in practice sessions for the 1971 Monaco GP, but drove 003 in the race. Quartzo’s Ref. 4036 is Tyrrell 001 mold painted as Stewart’s 003 in the Monaco GP race. The diferences in the roll bar and rear wing (001 has the “cut” in the middle of the lower part of the wing, while 003 does not) are obvious – see photos below. The same applies to Quartzo Ref. 4037 (Francois Cevert’s Tyrrell 002 from the Monaco GP 1971), as well as to RBA Collectibles No. 21 (Stewart’s 003 from Monaco GP 1971).
This Quartz model (Ref 4036) is wrong, it does not represent the Tyrrell-Ford 003 but the Tyrrell-Ford 001 nº 11T used by Jackie Stewart in training for the Monaco GP. The roll bar structure, over the engine, are typical of 001, they have nothing to do with those of 003, as well as the rear wing. The same observation applies to the Tyrrell 003 from IXO – RBA Collectibles and Tyrrell 002 from Quartz (Ref 4037).
Quartzo will have produced several diecast models with the same molds for the Tyrrell 001 series, changing some details but making mistakes in others. The Tyrrell 001 GP USA 1970 (Ref. 4035) is exactly the same, with errors in the rear and Goodyear tires instead of Dunlop tires.
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Sergio, tahnks for your comment. You’re right. I have updated the post with additional info and photos according your note.