BACKGROUND: The Frank Hornby Firm, that was best known for their electric trains, began to make scale models named Modeled Miniatures, as accessories for their train platforms. These models were made in 1:43 scale to match the scale of their train sets. In 1934 the name was changed to Dinky Toys and they were made both in England and in France. Production was halted during WW2 and the first post war Dinky Toy produced was a Jeep. In 1954 the British change their numbering from a two digit plus letter code to a three digit code with the 600 series dedicated to military vehicles. Early post war Dinky Toys had metal hubs with smooth rubber tires, in the mid 50's treaded tires were introduced and by 1972 plastic tire were being used.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: An olive green, 1:43 scale replica of a Daimler Armoured Car used by the British in Europe and North Africa during the war. It is about 2 3/4" long by 1 5/8" wide and 1 1/2" high with a cast alloy body, a movable turret and cast alloy hubs with smooth rubber tires (which indicate an early production model). There is an unknown divisional marking, to the front and back, which is a square split diagonally from top right to bottom left, red on top and yellow on bottom. The bottom of the car has a, black painted, stamped insert with embossed text "Made in England", "Dinky Toys", "Armoured Car", "Meccano Ltd" and the model number "670". All the alloy parts retain about 90% of their original paint with some flakes off the barrel and wear to the highlights while one of the tires is cracking with age. Of Note: This model is listed in a 1950's U.S. distributors catalogue for $1.00.

GRADE****1/4                             PRICE $35.00

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