102: Joe’s Car

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.

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Joe’s Car featured opening wings, extending tails fins, a red flashing exhaust light, powered by a 1.5v battery  and jewelled headlights.

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First version

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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.

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Bi-metallic strip incorporated into the bulb enables it to flash

TV SERIES:

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.

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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.

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The vehicle used a special high octane essence for fuel and wass powered by two jet engines.

TV PROP v ACTUAL DINKY:

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The Dinky model is a good replica of the TV series prop as designed by Century 21’s Derek Meddings.

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VARIATIONS:

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.

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The pipe cover over the metal rod was short lived. Note also the lack of white paint on the rear fin on the model on the left

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.

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The chrome engine version (L) has white detailing on the rear fin but the red engine version (R) does not

During the production run there were additional changes to the licensing and model number text.

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The red engined version:

 

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The last version, probably, of the 102 Joe’s Car

A version  has turned up with no chrome finish to the wheel legs or the connecting rods to the tail planes.

BOXES:

The earliest version had an all cardboard box with an inner tray.

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The last models were released with a bubble and tray box.

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CATALOGUES:

Joe’s Car made the front page of the 1969 catalogue, the year of its release.

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Dinky 1969 UK consumer catalogue front page 
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Dinky 1972 UK consumer catalogue
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Dinky 1974 UK consumer catalogue

The 1975 catalogue showed the last version of the model which had red engines.

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Dinky 1975 UK consumer catalogue

 

ADVERTS:

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2 thoughts on “102: Joe’s Car

  1. Just found this site and its fascinating, I have in my collection a 102 Joe’s car with a gunmetal base which I bought in Rimini Italy in 1978, it came in a card box. Will sort it out this weekend.
    The wooden prototype of the Dinky 104 SPV was once owned by myself as I bought it from Mike Richardson at Sandown!

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment about the site and I hope it is useful to you. I would really like to put up a picture or two of your 102 Joe’s Car and its history on the site. It sounds like a very rare version – possibly for export only? And how lucky to have owned the prototype SPV a very rare model indeed. Do you have any more information on this? Cheers Kevin
      dcmtvspace (at) virginmedia.com

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