120: Happy Cab

DINKY 120 HAPPY CAB (1979-80):

The Dinky 120 Happy cab was produced in 1979 and like its counterpart the 115 United Biscuits Taxi lasted just a year till 1980. The model was based on the chassis of the 475 Model T Ford.

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As Dinky’s financial crises grew they came up with plans to get more out of the existing moulds and the baseplate and wheel tooling of the Dinky 475 Model T Ford was modified to create the  115 U.B. Taxi and 120 Happy Cab.

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Early version had yellow painted wheels

The earliest version had yellow wheels but there is a variant with unpainted wheels possibly made as the line came to an end and the yellow paint ran out.

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One version had a taxi sticker at the front similar to the #115 United Biscuits version

And a version with no front, back or roof stickers, probably towards the end of the production run when Dinky had run out of stickers.

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A prototype version with ‘drag’ racing wheels, the smaller ones from existing stock used by various racing cars and the 361 Galactic War Chariot,  was sold by Vectis in 2020.

Image: Vectis Auctions

And finally as featured in Model Collector June/July 1989, a  ‘Police’ version, with more than a nod towards the ‘Keystone Kops’ and keeping to the Happy Cab wacky theme.

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Model Collector  June/July 1989


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The Happy Cab was promoted in the 1979 catalogue alongside the similar United Biscuits Taxi which was never commercially available in toyshops.

1979 Catalogue

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