DINKY 102 JOE’S CAR (1969-1976):
Dinky Toys 102 Joe’s Car was produced between 1969 and 1976 and was based on the vehicle used in Gerry Anderson’s Joe 90 TV series. Dinky 108 Sam’s Car from the same TV series was also released.
Joe’s Car featured opening wings, extending tails fins, a red flashing exhaust light, powered by a 1.5v battery and jewelled headlights.
The key feature of this model was the flashing turbine driven rocket exhaust. This was powered by an AA 1.5 volt battery which activated a flashing bulb which utilised a bi-metal stip to create the effect. Many modern bulb replacements do not have this strip and the light therefore does not flash.
Joe’s car is really a misnomer as it was designed and mostly driven by Mac his adoptive father. Professor Ian McClaine’s (‘Mac’) Jet Air Car was a car built by himself to his own specifications. Its lack of design and unusual appearance is explained by the fact that, as a Professor-type, Mac concentrated on performance rather than looks.
With its turbo driven aero engines it could fly at 300mph, as a hovercraft at 70 knots or on land at 200mph. The car had retractable wings and fins as well as wheels.
The vehicle used a special high octane essence for fuel and wass powered by two jet engines.
TV PROP v ACTUAL DINKY:
The Dinky model is a good replica of the TV series prop as designed by Century 21’s Derek Meddings.
The first version had chrome engines, white markings on the top and bottom of the rear fins, the connecting rod for the rear fins had a pipe cover on the front portion covering the bare metal rod and finally it had the licensing text on the bottom.
Later variants of this version could omit the white paint on the top or bottom of the rear fin or from both sides, and remove the front covering of the metal rod. The licensing text also disappeared on these later variants.
There was one additional version. The later and possibly last version, discarded the chrome finish on the engines leaving translucent red engines. The red engine version probably had no white detailing on the rear fins.
During the production run there were additional changes to the licensing and model number text.
The red engined version:
A version has turned up with no chrome finish to the wheel legs or the connecting rods to the tail planes.
The earliest version had an all cardboard box with an inner tray.
With the model was polystyrene base that helped support the plinth bottom, a foam insert and instructions.
The last models were released with a bubble and tray box.
Joe’s Car made the front page of the 1969 catalogue, the year of its release.
The 1975 catalogue showed the last version of the model which had red engines.