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 alloy cast replica of an AEC (Associated Equipment Company) 6x6 ACV (Armoured Command Vehicle) used by desert units during WW2. It is about 5 1/4" long by 1 5/8" wide by 1 5/8" high and consists of cast body with a stamped, blackened steel, riveted on bottom plate and six cast alloy hub wheels with treaded rubber tires (which indicates mid to late 50's production). To the front and back are two small decals of the famous "desert rat" markings of the 7th Armoured Division. The bottom plate is embossed "Dinky Toys", "Armoured Command Vehicle", "Made in England", "Meccano Ltd" and the model number "677". The yellow colored cardboard box is about 5 5/16" by 1 3/4" square with "Dinky Toys" printed in red to the top, a picture of the model on either side with "Dinky Toys", "Armoured Command Vehicle" and the model number "677" and to the bottom a description of the toy. The model is in very good condition with some minor paint wear to the highlight and edges while the box is missing the ends with only one torn off flap remaining. Of Note: This model is listed in a 1950's U.S. distributors catalogue for $1.65

GRADE*** 1/2                             PRICE $108.00 (Or Best Offer)

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