486: Dinky Beats Morris Oxford


The Dinky Beats model appeared in 1965 as the Beatles were topping the charts. Of course there wasn’t a direct link to the group as that would have incurred a licence fee payment. The three mop haired guitar playing figures driving in a ‘FAB’ labelled car were a tribute to the group and others of a similar ilk, such as the Kinks. Note the labels FAB and Kinky.

The car is based on the 476 Morris Oxford (Bull Nose) which had also come out in 1965. But why choose a Bull Nose Morris? Well they already had a model that could be adapted, the 476 Morris Oxford Bull Nose, and also the Beatles first manager Allan Williams owned a Morris Oxford Bull Nose which he’d bought in 1959 and had ferried the Beatles around in.

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This was the second, novelty/special model produced by Dinky. The lilac and light green colour scheme were a sign of the times as were the ‘hip’ slogans covering the car.

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The figures were not terribly life like and were crudely painted by hand, with the rear figure precariously perched on the soft top roof.


The car was ‘packed with features’ according to the box and included a ‘Beat’ group with instruments, Beat slogans, Opening boot, Brass radiator, Lamps,Windscreen frame and Window and finally Spoked wheels. Not quite a 100 FAB1 but it was a start. In 1970 when production of this car was ended another special was created from the same chassis, the 477 Parsley’s Car.

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The boot opened.


The Dinky Beats car came in a rarer dark blue chassis version which was similar to the original 485 Morris Oxford.

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476 Morris Oxford (Bullnose)

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The model made it into the 1965 and 1966 catalogues.

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Dinky UK 1965 consumer catalogue
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Dinky 1966 UK consumer catalogue



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Meccano Magazine May 1965 Ad


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Meccano Magazine May 1965


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