In 1965 Dinky released its second ‘Special’ the 486 Dinky Beats Morris Oxford Bull Nose Morris . At the time the Beatles were riding high in the charts so the timing was right but the licensing costs probably prohibitive – hence a model that generically reflected the beat groups of the day. And for the avoidance of legal doubt there were only three members of this fictitious group.
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.
Williams owned The Jacaranda and Blue Angel music venues and hired the future music superstars to perform in his clubs.
He rented a van and drove the group to its first Hamburg concert on August 16, 1960, so “it takes little to imagine Mr. Williams ferrying John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best around Liverpool — if not further afield — aboard the Oxford Morris Bullnose” (say H&H Auctions).
And if you want to buy this car its up for sale:
The 1926 Morris Oxford “Bullnose” owned by The Beatles’ first manager “and most likely used by him to ferry the lads around” will be up for auction at the H&H Classics sale at The Pavilion Gardens in Buxton, UK, on July 18 2018.
Dinky Toys first Shado 2 Mobile was produced in 1971 just after the the TV release of U.F.O. hit the viewing public. As usual for a Gerry Anderson production the shows were full of fantastic yet believable machines helping Earth defend itself from dastardly aliens.
Some of the most popular vehicles were the Shado mobiles, tank like tracked vehicles that were the first line of defence when the critters landed on Earth. Dinky’s first version was strangely issued in olive green which made it look more like a tank but sadly was somewhat inaccurate as the vehicles should have been painted a light grey-blue.
One assumes that the powers that be thought that the military colour would help sales long after the series finished and they were probably right.
But in 1978 there was a change of heart or a lack of matt-green paint and the Shado 2 was produced in a dark metallic blue.
By now the Dinky factory was in steep decline and the model lasted only a year or two and thus are quite rare. By the very end of the run even the stickers had run out as had the dark metallic blue paint so there are a few models out there with a lighter metallic blue colour and no stickers. These are probably the rarest version. This model also has a green base and black wheels which is another unusual combination.
And what might have been? I leave you with a Code 3 model of the Dinky 353 that would probably have made the shelves if sold today…
QDT Auctions are auctioning off a rare red plastic 352 Ed Straker’s car.
The model was composed of entirely of plastic and was a pre-production item for a range of lower priced models being considered by Dinky. It was not a pre-production model for the die-cast 352 Ed Straker’s Car version released in 1971.
The model was same size as the die-cast version with a pale blue interior and speed wheels. It had a black plastic base.
Some catalogues incorrectly list this model as a die-cast variation rather than a plastic prototype.
Other Gerry Anderson related vehicles produced as plastic prototypes were the
The Thunderbird 2 and 4 sections are now complete. It covers both the first 101 versions and the re-designed larger 106 models.
Pictured above is the first version, which was produced in a gloss dark green colour and the very last version, produced in blue with a white plastic underbelly. It was one of Dinky’s most popular toys and sold in the millions between 1967 until 1980, after the Binn’s Road factor closed.
The SHADO all purpose multi-terrain tracked vehicles designed for all conditions. They are used to transport men and equipment to the site of UFO landings. They are armed with depth charges, rocket-launchers and turret mounted machine guns.
Dinky produced a version called Shado 2 and this was first released in 1971. It was initially issued in a military olive green colour, designed to appeal both as a TV and a Military toy. The last versions released from 1978 to 1980 were in metallic blue.
The Spectrum Patrol Car (SPC) was first produced in 1968 and was available until 1975. It was part of a range of three vehicles from the TV series ‘Captain Scarlet’ produced by Gerry Anderson. The other two models were #104 Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle (SPV) and #105 Maximum Security Vehicle (MSV). The first version of the SPC was red, true to the colour of the TV model although a later Bronze version was produced