Dinky Toys 514 Guy Spratts Van


This Van has a red cab and chassis and matching ST wheels. The box section is mainly cream with red in the lower section ‘Spratt’s advertising is on each box side. A spare tyre is held secure under the Dinky Supertoys chassis with large commercial smooth tyres all round. These vans created extra play appeal with their rear opening doors. This was the fourth Guy advertising Van issue following the Slumberland, Lyons and Weetabix under its early coding 514. In 1954 through a major Dinky renumbering program the Spratts van was recoded to 917 until its end in 1956. As with all these vans they are hard to find in any reasonable condition and are one of the most popular areas for Dinky Toy collectors. Spratt’s was the world’s first large-scale manufacturer of dog biscuits. Established by James Spratt he launched a UK operation around 1860. Interestingly this was the first company to erect a billboard in London.

Fully light tested. One small touch possibly factory by a rear door hinge.



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Item Condition
Item Condition

Mint - May have the most minor fault from mint.
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Item Condition

This example, so close to mint with no chipping just an occasional view of cream through red. About as nice as you will find. The wheels, tyres and base are all very nice.

Please note a small touch by the upper left door hinge. Very small and did not show under detective lamp so possibly a tiny factory touch.

Box Condition
Box Condition

Excellent - Possible re-attached flaps or some bigger flap tears. May include one or more of the faults as in the above grade.
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Box Condition

The box is the early blue box with wrap over orange label.

The blue box is very nice and close to mint. There has been a shop price label removed from one end tab quite poorly. Some grubby marks but generally a very nice box.




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