Dinky Toys 917 Guy Spratts Van


This ‘Spratts’ 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.



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Item Condition

Very Nearly Mint - Minor imperfections.
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Item Condition

This is an excellent example with only minimal chipping/nicks. Looking on the left box side there is one chip with other minor marks on the high edge line. There are a few surface marks around the lower transfer line on this side. The cab roof and roof of box are mint. The cab and back section it is hard to a find fault. The wheels, tyres and base are all very nice.

Box Condition
Box Condition

Good Plus - General age wear, complete or badly removed price label. Maybe some unsightly graffiti or tape residue present.
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Box Condition

The box is the later 917 stripped dual numbered picture box now looking quite grubby but complete with no repairs. The box base displays no fading but has heavy edge rubbing along bottom edges. Inside the box lid is the coding H155 indicating issued in January 1955.

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