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Dinky Toys 514 Weetabix Guy Van




 
The Weetabix Guy Van - perhaps the most desirable Dinky in existence. I am asked about these about once a week, so it is great to finally have one in such an impressive condition. Fitted with rear opeining doors, the model was produced between 1952 and 1954, and production was terminated to make room for the Ever Ready (918) and Golden Shred (919) Guy Vans when the vans were renumbered.



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Dinky Toys 235 HWM Racing Car

Above we have a gorgeous 235 HWM Formula 1 Racing Car in its original box. The model was one of the '230 series' cars, amongst which Ferrari and Maserati models featured. The HWM was originally released with the reference 23J and featured in the number 4 racing car gift set. After the renumbering of most dinky lines took place, this gift set was given the revised reference of 249 and contained newly referenced cars. The model was illustrated in the September 1955 issue of Meccano Magazine, and was retailed at 2/6.

The history behind the real car upon which the model was based, is that it was named after the Hersham and Walton Motors Formula 1 Team, based in Walton-Upon-Thames in the UK. The team used Jaguar engines and were best known for their F1 involvement between 1951 and 1955. After the death of one of the founders in 1956 (during a race in Italy), his co-founder discontinued the F1 team shortly after. Surprisingly however, the company does still exist today as an Audi and Aston Martin dealership.



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Dinky Toys 979 Racehorse Transporter


This month's 'big picture' (below) is of a breathtaking 979 Racehorse Transporter. Similar to the 980/981 Horse Transporter, this model was released with an alternative colour and livery, and 2 plastic horses were included.

In the example above, we were enormously surprised to discover the horses still sealed in plastic container. The model was originally advertised in the October 1961 Meccano Magazine and was released at a price of 15/4.

Three years after its release, the model was withdrawn in 1964. In mint condition this item can now expect to fetch upwards of £400.



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Dinky Toys 260 Royal Mail Delivery Van


 

Here we have an example of the 260 Royal Mail Delivery Van in its original box. The model uses the frame of a J Morris van, which was notably also used for the 465 blue Capstan vans.

In the example above, the box boasts a dealer label from a Belgian toy shop, named "Au Cadeau Reve" or "Dream Gifts".

The model was originally advertised in the May 1955 Meccano Magazine and was released at a price of 3/-. It was produced for a number of years, until it was withdrawn in 1961, and was also included in the 299 Post Office Services Gift Set.

In perfect condition this item can, at a push, fetch up to £250.



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At Bamfords we are holding a toy sale next week with all pictures on flickr and our web site. ‚  Looking forward to showing you what we have on offer.

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The 148 page corgi guide is the only dedicated publication providing values on Corgi Toys produced from 1956-1985 and includes the most comprehensive listings for colour, wheel and box variations ever produced and includes details of the correct leaflets that support each model, enhancing their value. Bound and with a stiff cover, it is packed with over 250 colour pictures, the publisher has been granted access to one of the countries finest collections and includes never before listed items and variations, overseas issues and uses the very latest prices achieved through UK auction houses and the internet making it a must for all those interested in Corgi Toys.

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Bus & Coach – Taxi – Farm – Commercials – Construction -


Emergency; Ambulance, Fire, Police, Helicopter, Breakdown Services -


Military – Aircraft - TV, Film & Space – Circus - Gift Sets


Accessories, Figures & Leaflets – Catalogues - Window Posters


Husky – Juniors - Rockets


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