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Re: I like Dinky Toys because...

Postby YYS4BOB » Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:49 am

These two were my favourites. Xmas presents from my dad over couple of Christmas's in late '60's I should think. '67/'68?

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Passed them on to my nephew who destroyed them as he did everything else. Pictures from Vectis.
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Re: I like Dinky Toys because...

Postby GHOSTHUNTER » Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:53 pm

YYS4BOB wrote:Passed them on to my nephew who destroyed them as he did everything else. Pictures from Vectis.


I assume you won't be doing the same with your Yesteryear collection...

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Re: I like Dinky Toys because...

Postby GHOSTHUNTER » Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:19 pm

This model had real working lights at the rear...

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...and this to me was great fun. I also had the NSU Ro80 (#176), also with working lights but sadly the BMW (#157) did not come my way... :(

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Re: I like Dinky Toys because...

Postby Fred7A » Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:24 pm

I was born a bit later but I had the Corgi MG Maestro which was being discounted in Woolworths. It was one of the last toy cars I bought, before I grew up and decided to collect toy cars!

I love the artwork on the box inner - it looks like the Mercedes driver stopped too late at the zebra crossing and probably has a pedestrian under his front wheels! The Dinky BMW with working indicators was a nasty lump. I do have one, but because it was only 50p - strangely enough I bought it together with the Mercedes for a further 50p. It also looks a bit chunky but is much nicer than the BMW.

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The lights still work. :)
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Re: I like Dinky Toys because...

Postby GHOSTHUNTER » Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:26 pm

Nice condition BMW for just 50p!

I also had the Lincoln Continental 'Executive' at the back of your picture. That was one big chunk of playability when you're a Child. This model I have in recent times got back into my ownership along with the Blue Dinky Mercedes.

Thank's for bringing those here Jason.

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Re: I like Dinky Toys because...

Postby GHOSTHUNTER » Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:42 pm

...because of some exciting catalogue covers.

This one from 1966.
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Great shoot out.

I had both the Aston Martin and the Rolls-Royce in the same colours. The times I have been driving around in my own Rolls wishing an Aston would chalenge me... :lol:

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Re: I like Dinky Toys because...

Postby Fox » Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:54 am

Though mid 1960s models really speaks to me, I'm falling in love with french 24 series.
Because of the cast sharpness. Because they're often so glad and colourful.

And because picturing them is so easy. :lol:

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Re: I like Dinky Toys because...

Postby GHOSTHUNTER » Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:21 am

Two very nice models and the result of Dinky France being a seperate company. Their product output easily matched the UK's output, but they decided to concentrate on the home brands or cars seen every Day around the mainland areas.

French Dinky have become so collectible here in the UK with such nice examples above fetching top dollar Money.

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Re: I like Dinky Toys because...

Postby GHOSTHUNTER » Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:45 pm

...well, they made a few Rolls-Royce models. Their most well known Rolls-Royce must be the Silver Wraith. I have of course had to go out of my way to try and collect every possible variation.

First introduced in early 1959 and shown in Meccano Magazine with it's own full page advert with several new features like the fitting of suspension and glazing.
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It proved to be a very popular model and stayed in production until 1964.

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Some hard to find examples are those made in France from 1961, using UK components but with an amended baseplate to show country of manufacture...ASSEMBLEE EN FRANCE PAR and it had a different (#551), catalogue number than the UK model.

Another difficult version to find (cheaply!), is the very first issue from the first production batches. These have a different boot profile, a different rear number plate casting, different treatment of the area directly behind the rear bumper and different spacing between the rear lights.

Then the 'Transitional' issues with open baseplate rivets but with large brake drums instead of small brake drums.

and finally the elusive White tyred versions. These come with small and large brake drums (large drum version not even in my collection yet!).

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The term elusive here is simply because to have one of these in this condition is down to luck more than judgement. I have looked for these on ebay and they all seem to be wrecks or well played with and the preciuos White tyres are crumbling with age or display flat spots through losing their integrity. My example has it's original tyres with only one rear starting to show it's age and looks like it may crumble if I tried to remove it!

It is a later casting so has the revised boot profile, open baseplate rivets and the small brake drums.
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So Dinky, thank you for keeping me on my toes chasing all these variations... :lol:

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Re: I like Dinky Toys because...

Postby Fox » Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:12 am

This is a model I was mad for.

And here are some of my Silver Wraith...

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