By Maz Woolley
547 Panhard PL17
The latest model in the Atlas Dinky series here in the UK is yet another French Dinky. It is now some months since any Dinky Model made originally at Binns Road has appeared.
This model has been produced in a lilac as it appeared in 1960. It stayed in the range until 1968 by which time it had been out of production for three years. The casting was also used in the budget junior range with no windows or interior from 1962 for a short period.
Panhard’s were powered by a two cylinder boxer unit driving the front wheels and although it had quite a small engine at 848cc this was tuned to produce 50HP or more. With a lightweight and streamlined body this allowed the car to reach speeds of around 80 miles per hour. By 1965 the firm had been taken over by Citroen and by the end of the 1960s no more Panhard cars were made.
The Atlas model is a good reproduction and shows how good a model the French Dinky was for its time. This is helped by the fact French Dinky car models are consistently scaled to 1:43.
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