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 Scout Car, which became known as the "Dingo". It has a two piece cast alloy body, about 2 3/4" long by 1 7/16" wide by 1 1/4" high, with a painted plastic driver 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. Two rivets can be seen to the bottom along with the embossed text "Dinky Toys", "Scout Car", Made in England", "Meccano Ltd" and the model number "673". Almost all the paint is retained with only minimal wear to the highlight and some minor surface bubbling. Of Note: This model is listed in a 1950's U.S. distributors catalogue for $0.85. A very nice piece.

GRADE****1/2                             PRICE $35.00

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