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The Dinky Talbot-Lago Racing Car was launched in 1953 under the reference 23K at a cost of  2/6 and production continued until 1964.

The model was based on the 1948 Talbot GP C26, which would have won the 1949 F1 constructors title has such a thing existed at the time.

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The accuracy of the toy can really be appreciated when comparing it to the pictures of the real car above: even down to the use of herringbone tyres.
In its eleven year production life; the only changes made to the designs were made to the hubs, with the introduction of spun hubs and later, plastic hubs.
These were commonly red plastic hubs, but as shown below, a scarce variation with yellow hubs was also produced in small numbers.


Lot Number 92

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As with most Dinky Racing cars, the reference number was changed; first to 205 and then to 230. This is an unusual change, as all of the other cars moved from a 230 code to a 200 code; not the other way round.

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In terms ofvalues, the later cars tend to hold a stronger value:
23K: £120
205: £160
230 Red Hubs: £210
230 yellow Hubs: £350
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The Maserati Racing Car was released in 1954 at a price of 2/6. The car was sculpted on the Maserati 250F; which drove Argentinian driver Juan Manuel Fangio to his fifth and final F1 world championship title in 1957.
Despite Maserati having withdrawn from Formula 1 after this victory in order to exit on a high, Dinky continued to produce the toy until 1964, and it remained a popular model amongst children; perhaps due to its legendary status amongst fathers the world over.

Juan Manuel Fangio in a Maserati 250F at the Buenos Aires Grand Prix in 1957
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The first issue released by dinky was the 23N - which was subsequently renumbered along with all of the other racing cars in the Dinky range, to a numerical reference - 231.

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In 1960 a range of racing cars with plastic hubs was introduced; the maserati sporting yellow plastic hubs (as can be seen below). Alfa Romeos, Talbot Lagos and Bristol Coopers were introduced with red plastic hubs, and Ferrari with yellow: although authentic variations of each pairing do exist.


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In 1962 one final set of changes was made to the toy. Firstly, all of the Dinky racing cars were once again renumbered, secondly, metal hub versions were deleted, and lastly, the models were packaged in bubble packs as shown below. These are now extremely hard to find packaged, as they were designed to be single use (disposable).

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As a by-product of this rebranding one of the most desirable dinky pieces in existence was also manufactured...
The Retailer's Display Board, entitled "World Famous Racing Cars", is a large cardboard plaque, with a racing track and flag printed onto it; to which each type of the new issue racing cars were strung. These included all of the racers listed above, as well as the vanwall 239, which featured a yellow driver as its central variation as well as yellow plastic hubs.
 Lot Number 1640
In terms of value, later editions tend to demand a higher price than earlier editions:

- A standard 23N or 231 can make £120.
- A Maserati with plastic hubs can make £350
- The maserati shown above in a bubble pack sold for £600
- And the Dealer Display of the World Famous Racing Cars can sell for £4000!
It is just important to note that Dinky re-released a similar board in the 1970's which is not to be confused with the earlier piece shown above. The best way to tell the difference is the number of checkers on the flag; the newer issue has far more and usually sells for less than £300 without models attached.


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The Dodge Royal Sedan was released in March 1959 at a cost of 3/6, but was reduced in May 1959 to 3/5. The car endured a mammoth production life of 7 years, before being deleted in 1966.
The model was available in green/black as can be seen below, and cream/brown for all 7 years of production, however the issue above was an extremely late release, with a production life of just one year.
The model is fitted with suspension unlike its earlier counterparts, sports a blue flash, is produced in a paler cream colour, and is provided in a box without a colour spot and printed on a lighter coloured cardboard.
Whilst a regular issue model can fetch up to £90 in mint condition, an example from the last year of production can reach prices of £450 in mint condition: a shocking difference in value.
 Lot Number 19

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Released in 1959 (almost simultaneous with Herald's launch of the real car) at a cost of 3/3; the Triumph Herald toy car proved to be one of Dinky's more popular models, perhaps reflecting strong sales of the real automobile. Production continued until 1963, when the model was deleted.
The model is most commonly found in a green/white colour scheme, but various variations do exist. blue/white is relatively common, but examples in: 'black/white', 'lilac/white', 'grey/white' and 'red' (as shown above, with correct colour spot); were available as promotional models.
These promotional issues were produced in extremely low numbers by Dinky and were given by Herald as a free gift with the purchase of a real car.
As a result of its rarity and interesting history, promotional colour schemes don a significant mark-up to the model's modern value. A standard Herald, as shown below, can fetch anything up to £130, whereas promotional examples have been known to sell for up to £1700, with the model at the top selling for £1,250 in 2005.

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  The dinky volkswagen beetle was launched in February 1956 at the price of 2/6 and was available in blue, green, grey and a darker blue with spun hubs; promoted as a special "RAF" issue.
The image above shows six of the beetles in mint condition, never having been removed from their dealer packaging: which consists of a protective cellophane wrapping.
An individual model in mint condition can fetch up to £120, and the six models above sold for £700. Although the wrapping doesn't add much net worth per se, it's still nice to see such a well preserved and authentic piece.


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The AC Aceca, modelled on the impossibly beautiful vehicle shown below, was launched by dinky in 1958, four years after the launch of AC's automobile.
AC's 1954 vehicle was based on the designs of the AC Ace, but was manufactured as an exclusive grand touring car. Bristol introduced a 120bhp engine to the vehicle half way into its production and, surprisingly, only three hundred models were built before the model was replaced by the memorable AC Cobra.

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Dinky's scale replica of the AC Aceca was launched at a cost of 3/3 and production of it continued until 1963. The colour schemes commonly consisted of a cream/brown or grey/red finish (see below) .
The model at the top of this page however, is an unusual variation in a sole cream finish, and whereas the standard Aceca sells for around £110-125, the model at the top of the page commissioned a staggering £320.

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