Lot Number 1053
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A year after the launch of Ford's new model, the Dinky 148 was launched in the January of 1962, with production running for exactly four years.
The model's price fluctuated from 4/11 to 4/10 in May 1962 and remained at this price for a year and a half, when it returned to 4/11 until the end of production.
The model sported fingertip steering, which is described in the red box visible on the box: depression of the model on either side caused the wheels to turn in the intended direction.

The model is commonly still available in a green finish, as well as lavender, and grey. Two rarer colour variations do however exist: metallic green, shown below. This is worth three to four times the value of the standard model at £300-£400, and secondly a south african variant in a blue colour scheme, which carries a similar price tag.

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Lot Number 3347
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The Dinky Triumph 2000 was launched Christmas 1963 at a price of 5/11, which was increased to 6/- in 1966, and reduced backdown to 5/11 in 1968, when its production run ceased.

The model was available in metallic blue with a white roof: but a number of promotional models were available, and currently command a firm price at auction. For example, the model below in a promotional black/white colour scheme sold for £750, compared to the standard model's average £80 price tag.

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The model was included as part of the 118 tow-away glider set and was launched in 1965, at the extortionate cost of 17/6, and production continued until 1970. Despite its steep price tag, the set only fetches an average of £90-£120 at auction.


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Do you recognise this model? If you're a model collector... probably not. It's a pre-production Austin Princess Police Car, made in the late 1970', but never released. It has been given the reference number of 123P - but is not referred to in many diecast price guides.

This may be because of how people come about them - the only way you can come into possession of one, is to have stolen one from Binn's Road factory - or bought it from someone who did.

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The dinky 102 was launched in 1957 and production ceased in 1960. The launch price was 3/- and it was available in a variety of colours including cream, orange and green.

This brief piece highlights a small and interesting difference in some examples. The one at the top has spun hubs - which means that it was a US export (only sold in the US). Sure enough, an American shop's label is still attached to the box.

In terms of value - it's around 3 times more valuable at £500-550, but the value is only generated because of the model's history. It's surprising how much value a story, trackable location or variation can add to a piece.

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Dinky Toys - 165 Ford Capri

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The 165 Ford Capri was made from 1969 until 1976 and cost 9/11. This model was one of the later productions given that the Binns Road Meccano factory was closed in 1979.

The model was released in three colours, the most common being the purple version shown in the photograph. Blue and turquoise versions exist but are harder to come across, and values are around £100 in mint condition, around £20 more than one would expect to pay for the standard purple issue.

Dinky Toys - 101 Thunderbird 2

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The Dinky Thunderbird 2 was launched in 1967, and remains one of the most popular TV related models in the range. This fact is reflected in its value: Ramsay's price guide for example, values a green version at £700-£900 in mint condition.

There were two different colour schemes for the model - a block green version, and a metallic green version. The latter is much easier to find and carries a value of around £300-£350.