105: Maximum Security Vehicle


The MSV was the third Captain Scarlet and The Mysterons TV series vehicle produced by Dinky. The other vehicles the 103 Spectrum Patrol Car survived till 1975 and the 104 Spectrum Patrol Vehicle till 1976.

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103 SPC, 104 SPV and 105 MSV
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Perhaps it was the least popular of the three Captain Scarlet TV Series toys because it hardly featured in the TV programmes. The model was produced in an off white colour although the TV vehicle was  grey. The vehicle featured opening side gull winged doors and carried a  crate labelled ‘radioactive’.

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First version with red interior and later versions with blue interiors


Introduced in 1968, the first version on 105 Maximum Security Vehicle was painted off-white with a red base, painted red stripes, decal transfers, spun wheels, open front windows and a red interior and red un-ridged steps.


The MSV came with an opening crate containing ‘radioactive isotopes’ and an aerial similar to the one on top of the 103 Spectrum Patrol Car.


It came with a crate marked radioactive and contained ‘radioactive isotopes’   which looked identical to gold bars. But then the crates did originally contain ‘gold’ as they were transported around in the Dinky 275 Brinks Truck but labelled as ‘U.S. Treasury’.

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The MSVs were virtually indestructible and deployed as unarmed, high security, personnel carriers, carrying VIPs or precious cargo in safety.

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Maximum Security Vehicles were powered by two 10-cylinder diesel-engines, one at the front and the other at the rear, powering off-road, bullet-proof and self-inflating tyres. MSVs were 24 feet long, weighing approximately 18 thousand pounds (8 Tons), and had a top speed of 200 MPH. The MSV could even survive a nuclear attack as it was shielded by armour and hermetically sealed against radiation contamination.

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Images: Mark Rogers


The model was a good portrayal of the actual vehicle used in the series. In fact all three Captain Scarlet models were good representations and faithful to the originals.

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The only niggle would be the model colour which was white or off-white rather than a metallic grey on the prop.


There were a number of variations to the model but most happened in the later stages of production. The most noticeable was to the interior. Red was used for the majority of the releases and till the end of the run but dark and light blue interior variants were also made.

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Initially decal transfers were used by these were changed to less colourful stickers which were cheaper and easier to apply. Painted red stripes were replaced with red stickers for the coachwork detail and the final issues were left bare. Spun wheels were replaced with 5 bolt wheels in 1972, when Dinky stopped using spun wheels altogether, As the Dinky range then converted to speed wheels they appeared appeared on the MSV in 1974. Interestingly the 1974 Dinky catalogue shows a MSV with spun wheels.

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The first version had steps without edges and these changed for later models. The casting on the very last models omitted the open window and these were now blanked possibly due to a cast mould weakness or wear in this area.


The majority of bases were red although the wording changed to omit the ‘Century 21’ licence text presumably after the company was sold to ATV. The number ‘105’ also disappeared.

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As the production run ended different colour bases appeared although these are quite rare and the red bases appear on even the last models. Presumably this was to use up excess paint stocks.


This metallic chromed version was produced for some lucky over-performing Dinky managers back in the 1970’s.

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This version appears to have blue stripes.

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The first edition cardboard box had no insert like its companion vehicles the 104 SPV and 105 SPC but had a cardboard end protector as the toy was very heavy and it also had a cardboard ring aerial protector.

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The last version of this box produced around 1972 and before the bubble box version, had additional text advising that: ‘Colour of model may differ from illustration’. In addition the box end text was changed from RADIO ACTIVE ISOTOPES to IMITATION ‘ISOTOPES’, presumably because of the issues Dinky had with similar wording on the 360 Eagle Freighter barrels labelling

The bubble pack was introduced in 1973.

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There were various changes to the lettering and the font size for the number ‘105’.  Note the aerial  taped to the base.

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The 195 MSV made its first appearance in the 1968 UK catalogue and its last in the 1974 version.

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Dinky 1968 UK Catalogue
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Dinky 1969 UK catalogue
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Dinky 1970 UK catalogue – Front Cover
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Dinky 1970 UK consumer catalogue
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Dinky 1971 UK consumer catalogue
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Dinky 1972 consumer catalogue
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Dinky 1973 UK consumer catalogue
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Dinky 1974 UK consumer catalogue


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1968 trade ad
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TV21 comic Sept 1968
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TV 21 Oct 1969 Ad
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TV 21 comic March 1970

11 thoughts on “105: Maximum Security Vehicle

  1. Hi Gavin, Mostly they stay open long enough to take a photo but close with the slightest vibration. I have a couple though that don’t stay open at all but can be temporarily held by blu-tac. Hope you are enjoying the site and please let me know if you have any additional info or corrections to add. Cheers Dick

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    1. Your memory filter is clearly set to retain important key information. On my first day I remember having to eat large white butter beans for lunch and after tasting one (yeuch!) put them in my pocket for my Mum to find a couple of days later.

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  2. I remember buying this model from a toyshop in Perth, Australia around 1977/78 at the age of 6 or 7.
    If I remember, it had the light blue interior and I think you had to apply your own stickers to the exterior.
    One question, I notice the steps available from restoration parts suppliers are sometimes metal. Were steps without edges always plastic or were they metal at some point?


    1. Hi Shane, the car was produced by Dinky until 1976 so you would have bought one of the last versions. These could have light or dark blue interiors as well as the more common red. I have not heard of the stickers being provided separately for the purchaser to stick on and would really like to see an example of that if anyone reading this has some. The steps of the original models were always plastic, the metal version are reproductions. Thanks for visiting the site and commenting, always good to hear from fellow enthusiasts. Cheers Kevin


  3. I grew up in Texas and had one of these. I cannot remember the year I had it, however, I was 10 in ’76 and that seems like probably the right time frame. I had no idea what it was or that there was TV show at all. I discovered Captain Scarlet in the mid 90s, in fact and it was a few years before the memory of this resurfaced.

    I distinctly remember the red interior, the silver stripe down the middle, the gull wing doors and the red bottom with the big screw in it. I don’t remember much else about it, other than it was a neat, wildly different sort of car than the run of the mill Hot Wheels and whatever else I had.

    No idea what happened to the one I had, but watching the show spurred me to do a Google search, and here I am.


    1. Great memories, Jack, and thanks for sharing. Be careful though, you start thinking I’ll buy just this one Dinky and then its the slippery and expensive slope to being a collector! Cheers Kevin


  4. Hi. I have the Maximum Security Vehicle and would like to attempt and 3d print a replacement Crate and contents for it. Would you or any of your contributors have one you could give me measurements of please? Cheers in advance and great site by the way. John 🙂


    1. Hi John, Strangely although the crate was made in Imperial times, it measures 2cm x 1.5cm based on using a metal ruler. I don’t have a micrometer or a more accurate way of doing these measurements and of course there are raised details and the ‘gold bars’ to consider. Perhaps someone else can help with this. Cheers Kevin


      1. Thanks Kevin.. That’s a great start and much appreciated. If anyone else has additional details that would be FAB (I know – wrong series 🙂 Cheers. John


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