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1966 Goblin Teasmade D32

1966 Goblin Teasmade D32
1966 Goblin Teasmade D32

The first production model of the D32 was ready for inspection in October 1966. Regrettably this had a fault – the spout did not fit into the teapot. The design must have been corrected quickly as the D32 went on sale that same year, for £17/5/-.

As with its teapotless partner, the D31, Goblin moved away from their traditional styling into a much more modern look, with a circular aluminium kettle and teapot. The D32 and its partner without a teapot, the D31 were available in magnolia and pink.

The D32 stands on a white plastic plinth with a recess at the front edge. The bakelite main unit, with its horizontally ridged front panel, was available in magnolia or pink. The switches are mounted in a vertical row to the right of the front panel. A new clock face features a dial with modern (arabic) numerals. The hour hand has a small hole drilled in it for some unfathomable reason! The kettle and teapot sit on a black plastic tray that has locating slots at its rim. The kettle tapers slightly towards the top, with a butterfly or wing nut style handle through which the exhaust spout runs and points in the direction of the matching teapot.

The light is on top of the unit with a new style white plastic ridged shade. See D31 for John Atack’s notes on the light bulb. A 3 pin plug was introduced in 1967.

An internal memo confirms that this model was still available in 1968 and there were no immediate plans to update or delete it from the range, but before the year was out, the D31 and D32 had been discontinued. They were abandoned due to the electrolytic action between the electric element and aluminium kettle body causing wastage, leading to leaks and many warranty claims.

The clock surround and controls and the pink colouring of the D31 and D32 were retained for the subsequent Goblin 833m and the Goblin 834m.

Thanks to my correspondent Bill sent me these photos of his pink D32 serial number 5520.