By Maz Woolley
The latest model released by Atlas in what they now title the Atlas Classic Dinky Models collection is a French Dinky Opel Kadett. It is modelled as #540. Atlas has chosen to paint the model in a bright “sky blue” colour. The model also appeared in the Dinky Junior range with no windows or interior as #106 for a limited period. The French Dinky was produced to 1:43 scale from 1963, a year after the original was launched. This model is identical to one which appeared earlier in the French Atlas Dinky collection. Interestingly the French Atlas Dinky collection also included a reproduction of the Dinky Junior version as well. Atlas have had Norev reproduce the sliding window feature as well as the steering and the correct white interior.
Many readers will be familiar with this generation of Kadett from the television series “Top Gear” where Richard Hammond drove a yellow one in an African adventure, christened it “Oliver” and brought it back to the UK to be rebuilt. The Kadett A was made between 1962 and 1965 was very similar to the original Vauxhall Viva launched by GM in the UK in 1963.
The model has been well made and finished and has a real period feel to it. I am still wondering though if we will see any more British Dinky models in this series.
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