By Maz Woolley
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Atlas continues to send models in the Deluxe Dinky series here in the UK. The latest to arrive with me is #528 Cabriolet 404 Peugeot Pininfarina. This was released by Dinky France in 1966 and was sold in cream, metallic blue, and white until 1971. Dinky France covered most of the 404 range as the also made a saloon and break .
There were only just over seventeen thousand of the cabriolet, and the related coupe, bodyshells made by Pininfarina making it a scarce car. A mere ‘drop in the ocean’ in the 2.8 million 404s of all types that were made during its lifetime.
The driver is the same moulding used in the UK Triumph Spitfire though here she has no seat belt, the belt would have been handy as the doors on this model flop open very easily. Opening doors and bonnet, a folding passenger seat back, and the fitted driver complete the play items.
The Atlas model is in white which was a common colour on the real car. Apart from the very loose fitting doors, the passenger seat back also has issues staying vertical. However, I could be persuaded that such things plagued the original models too.
The model featured jewelled headlights and these have been reproduced nicely as has the jewelled sidelights. Neat silver painted grille with Peugeot shield but no logo on it.
To the rear just a stroke of red paint for lights, not even properly covering the light moulding, and a yellow plate which seems to have lost the upper part of its print.
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