By Maz Woolley
The latest issue in the Atlas Dinky Truck series in the UK is of a French Dinky truck. The Berliet GAK as a Brewery Lorry. This Cab was used by French Dinky on several models: a cattle truck; a flatbed with tilt, a tipper, and a recovery truck.
The brewery wagon was produced from 1964 to 1970 in the livery modelled on this replica. After that a special promotional run was made in 1970 and 1971 for Kronenberg in all red paint with Kronenberg printed on the tail board. By this time the GAK had been out of production for several years replaced by Renault trucks after Citroen sold Berliet to Renault.
The Atlas replica has been very well made. The cab is a lovely moulding on the original and the replica is excellent. In many ways this is the French Dinky equivalent of the UK Dinky Bedford TK and it seems to me that the French toolmakers paid more attention to getting the cab true to the original vehicle.
As can be seen in the picture above the tail boards are nicely printed and the model comes with a replica load as well. The barrels and bottles have period charm and I am sure that many owners of the original model missing their barrels and bottles will snap up this model just to get replacement parts.
Other collectors have expressed their unhappiness with French Dinky’s being introduced in this range but web comment suggests that the next few models may be an Austin truck, Guy can Spratts, Foden Tanker Regent. Leyland 8 Wheeler Wagon yellow/blue, and Guy Van Slumberland.
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