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 a Foden 10 ton military truck, about 5 3/16" long by 2 7/16" wide by 2" high, consisting of a cab with a plastic driver and six wheel carriage, a riveted on box with a spare tire to the front and a stamped steel removable box cap. The wheels are all cast alloy hubs with treaded rubber tires (which indicates mid to late 50's production). The headlights are painted silver and 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. To the bottom front, under the cab, there is a black metal plate and embossed to the carriage the text "Dinky Supertoys", 10 Ton Army Truck", "Made in England", "Meccano Ltd" and the model number "622". The two piece box, 5 13/16" long by 2 5/16" wide 1 13/16" high, has a blue cardboard bottom and a white with blue striped top. The top of the box has a picture of the truck and the text "Dinky Supertoys", "10-Ton Army Truck" and the model number "622". One side has the text, printed in a yellow oval, "Another Fine Dinky Supertoy Made By Meccano Ltd" while the other side has a yellow sticker with red text "For sale in the U.S.A. by H. Hudson Dobson Incorporated P.O. Box 255-627 Boulevard, Kenilworth, New Jersey 57274" below which is printed "Made in England". The one end of the box has the text "Dinky Supertoys", "10-Ton Army Truck" and the model number "622" while the other end has the text "Dinky Supertoys", "622" and 10-Ton Army Truck translated into French, Spanish, German and Dutch. The inside of the lid has stamped in purple ink "857" and an illegible mark. The model is in very good condition with some minor paint wear to the highlights and some minor surface spotting to the rear of the box cap while the box is complete with some minor edge wear and some marks to the bottom. Of Note: This model is listed in a 1950's U.S. distributors catalogue for $2.00.

GRADE****1/4                             PRICE $90.00 (Or Best Offer)

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