By Maz Woolley
I now have the latest model shipped by Atlas in the Atlas Dinky collection in the UK. Again it is a French Dinky model and one already seen in the Continental series. This model first appeared in 1963 re-using some of the components of 563 Estafette pickup to create a Glaziers vehicle and was deleted in 1965.
The original model is usually missing the spare wheel and glazing panes that are easily lost but these are all included in this replica. The spare wheels being held in the plastic tray the vehicle rests on ready to be placed in the pick up bed.
This model was never made available by UK Dinky so is rare here. It only ever came in one colour as shown with matching wheel hubs and black tyres.
The replica comes with two sheets of ‘glass’, one clear and the other mirrored and the Saint Gobain brand is carried on the frame to hold the glass.
This is another nice replica but a long way away from the spirit of the original adverts which focused heavily on UK Dinky toys which seem no longer to be being replicated for the series. One wonders if the number of collectors has fallen below the level where it is worthwhile to get new moulds made but is still high enough to make it worth getting more models from the continental Dinky Toys collection made and used to keep the collection going.
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