The Dinky 602 Armoured Command Car prototypes


The Dinky 602 Armoured Command Car was first produced in 1976.  It was based on a model used in Gerry Anderson’s ‘The Investigator’ which never made it past the pilot episode.

Vectis Auctions

The 602 is not hard to find and can be purchased in good condition with a box for around £50

Vectis Auctions recently sold a prototype, made in 1975, for this model. The key differences are the colour scheme and it has cast metal wheels rather than the plastic ones on the original model. Not in very good condition but it still went for £130


Vectis Auctions

The all plastic yellow version below is also a prototype, It was not a prototype for the metal model which went into production but for a range of all plastic versions of existing Dinky models that the company believed would be much cheaper to produce. The range never went ahead. The last version Vectis sold went for £600.


Vectis Auctions

Click here for more information on this model and its variants






The 486 Dinky Beats and the Beatles Bull Nose Morris

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.

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486 Dinky Beats Morris Oxford Bull Nose

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.

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Allan William’s Morris Oxford Bull Nose

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).

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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.

This article was sourced from H&H Auctions

353 Shado 2 Mobile – the rarest version?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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Rare Ed Straker’s car up for grabs!

QDT Auctions are auctioning off a rare red plastic 352 Ed Straker’s car.

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QDT Auctions

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.

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QDT Auctions

Other Gerry Anderson related vehicles produced as plastic prototypes were the

103 Spectrum Patrol Car and the 106 Thunderbird 2.

A warning though, you will need deep pockets to have this sitting on your Dinky shelves!

UPDATE: This went for £500 – which is not unreasonable.


Thunderbird 2 is go!

The Thunderbird 2 and 4 sections are now complete. It covers both the first 101 versions and the re-designed larger 106 models.

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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.


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First and last versions of Dinky 353 Shado 2