By Maz Woolley
Al photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.
The latest model I have received in the Atlas Dinky Trucks subscription series is #587 Camionette Citroën “Philips”. The original Dinky 587 is a highly collectible model as it is a colourful and accurate depiction of a Philips display vehicle.
The original model is based upon a Citroën HY bodied by Currus for Philips as a vehicle for displaying their products, at events. The model includes the opening rear and side doors, has a sliding ramp and plastic moulded interior painted to suggest products, like a fridge, on display. Different sources quote different dates of production but it was certainly made in 1964 and gone in 1965.
The box shows the Philips logo on the cab doors but this is not carried out on the model. Pictures on the web suggest that these logos do not exist in Philips publicity shots.
Pictures of the original vehicle can still be seen from Philips publicity magazine. The Dinky was a good replica though door handles have been modified so all small fingers to open them, the roof sign may have had a yellow backing and not a clear one, and the Philips logo and lettering on the plain side did not have an extended golden border on the example in the contemporary magazine.
The original model is now quite rare, and expensive, in complete condition so it is highly likely that many of the Atlas remakes will donate parts like the roof signs to bring original models back to complete condition.
The reproduction is not scarce with many already finding their way to the UK already from the Far East when they were made for the continental subscription series. Collectors should not that the copyright date on the base of the boxes issued by Atlas in the UK is 2017 and not the earlier date printed on the ones in the continental series.
Although hardly a truck in my eyes I am sure that there will be few complaints from Subscribers about this model, except perhaps from those who have already bought an example on eBay from the far east.