Dinky 181 Volkswagen Beetle
Similar to the real car, Dinky had a very successful long production running for a remarkable 14 years. There were several colours issued with later models having changed base plates, colours and wheels.
Years after the launch of the original A.C.Aceca, Dinky launched their sports car. Initially launched in two colours red/grey and cream/brown with matching coloured wheels, these models changed in the early 60’s by altering the wheels to the silver spun type and introducing the shiny black gloss bases.
The model casting changed over time, the first observation is the base plate. Type 1 had small writing with no number on the base plate. Two long horizontal lines were made with the make, name of model and who produced it within each section.
Officially there wasn’t a '100 Series', but five open top sports cars were issued both in Competition and Touring finishes in the 1950’s. They were so popular to collectors that they became known as the '100 series'.
First released in a trade box of six models in 1951, this model, together with seven others, became affectionally known as one of the '40 series' by Dinky enthusiasts. I believe it was the sixth release following the initial Riley 40a.
First released in a trade box of six models in 1949, this model with seven others became affectionally known as one of the 40 series by Dinky enthusiasts.