By Maz Woolley
The latest model from the Atlas Dinky Collection has shipped quickly after the last. It is a replica of the French Dinky FIAT 1200 Granluce which was top of the range variant of the popular FIAT 1100 range with a more powerful engine and better finish and fittings.
The model has been produced in ivory with a pearly blue roof which was one of the two options available the other being bronze with a cream roof as illustrated on the box. Personally I would have preferred the model in bronze but the colours used are realistic.
This model started as 24N and was then renumbered 531. 531 was in production from 1959 to 1962. Atlas claims that this model was sold in the UK and Spain as well as in France but my reference books do not list this as a model officially sold in the UK by Dinky.
The Dinky is quite a good replica of the original as shown on some brochures but many cars actually had extra painted and chromed areas on the side of the car rather than the single chrome strip modelled. The painted roof ought to have extended down as show in the brochure picture below.
This FIAT car design was destined to have a long life being made in India for many years in Mumbai and being a common taxi cab. Like the Hindustan it was made in India for years after the original vehicle had vanished from the roads of its native country.
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