108: Sam’s Car

DINKY 108 SAM’S CAR (1969-1974):

Dinky Toy’s 108 Sam’s Car was produced between 1969 and 1974. Sam’s car was a model of Sam Loover’s car from the Gerry Anderson TV21 series Joe 90.

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Three common versions of the 108, with the light blue being the rarest of the three.

It had a ‘keyless clockwork motor;’ which was enabled by pulling the car backwards to wind it up and then releasing. A W.I.N. (World Intelligence Network) lapel badge was also provided. Note the caveat on the box that the: Colour of the model may differ from illustration 

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Underneath the licensing text reads: Made under licence from © ATV (Overseas) 1967. This was due to new separate arrangements for the U.S.A. in 1967, when a new subsidiary ‘Associated Television (Overseas) Limited’ took over responsibility for the pre-funding of various new Gerry Anderson productions for ITC.

FEATURES:

A stick-on W.I.N. badge (World Intelligence Network) was also provided in the box. The badge holder and sticky back protector is often missing. Note the font variations.

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The new keyless pull-back clockwork motor feature was later used in the 352 Ed Straker’s Car.

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IN THE TV SERIES:

Sam Loover was in charge of W.I.N. the World Intelligence Network who Joe 90 worked for, although he called him ‘Uncle Sam’. The TV series car was a modern two door saloon, with a rear spoiler that was a rarity in the 60’s and 70’s and gave the car a futuristic feel. The car was a metallic silver grey with a gas turbine job engine delivering 200 miles an hour.

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Sam’s car with Joe’s car outside WIN HQ.

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TV PROP v ACTUAL DINKY: 

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VARIATIONS:

The four most widely available colours were metallic red, silver, a powder and a mid blue and the latter two are the rarest of the four.

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There was also a maroon version and seen only very rarely, a fluorescent orange version, (also described by Astons Auction house as ‘fluorescent pink’) which was for USA export only and relatively few were manufactured.

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Fluorescent Orange version.  Image: David Fortune

A chrome version which is missing the red paint used for the rear vents and for the front radiator area has been sent in by a collector. This looks like a factory error but may have been a small production run  because of a lack of paint to add the detail on the production line. More examples please!

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All silver version on the right (Image: Patrick Collins) 

And finally the very rare gold version.  A New Zealand collector has two gold 108s, one of which curiously has gold screws. This is possibly a promotional model or specially produced as a gift for managers.

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Images: Matthew Trbuhovic
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Images: Matthew Trbuhovic

The second variant of the gold version has black detailing and is a slightly darker gold.

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Dr Force’s Dinky book mentions this model as does The Great Book of Dinky Toys and the former has a picture of a dark gold/bronze chromed version.

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Dinky Toys: Dr. Edward Force

There were two types of wheel used both of which were used on other models, mostly sports cars.

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The majority of bases were black. A blue grey version has been seen on a Maroon coloured variation.

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BOX:

Sam’s Car only had one box type and included a W.I.N. badge.

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INSTRUCTIONS:

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108 Instructions (Image: Jacques Du Jardin)

CATALOGUES:

The car first featured in the 1969 catalogue and looked white rather than silver but perhaps that was a printing issue.

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Dinky 1969 consumer catalogue
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Dinky 1970 consumer catalogue front cover
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Dinky 1970 consumer catalogue

The 1971 catalogue first featured the red version.

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Dinky Catalogue 1971
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Dinky 1972 consumer catalogue
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Dinky 1973 consumer catalogue

ADVERTS:

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Ad 1969
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1969 Ad
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TV 21March 1970
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Italian Topolino Ad 1973

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