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Atlas Dinky Rally Guilia 1600 Ti

By Maz Woolley

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

I have already written an article on the French Dinky Guilia 1600 Ti released in the Atlas Deluxe Dinky Collection and it can be found here. The Dinky Guilia also featured in Robin Godwin’s articles about Guilia’s from contemporary toy producers which may be found here.

After producing the standard saloon car as #514 from 1966 French Dinky re-numbered it to #1401 in 1967, painted it red and added competition stripes, numbers and Tour de France Automobile rally markings. There are a number of other detail changes for this model. There is a yellow interior rather than red one. A black steering wheel rather than white. Additional spotlights on the front. And number plates, which were not fitted to the original saloon car. Otherwise, the car was essentially the same. Again the opening features were the bonnet and boot, and sliding front windows.

The Atlas model features a replica box which has lovely period artwork showing the car racing through the dark on a snowy landscape so forcefully that a wheel is lifting off the ground. This model was made in China for Atlas and is to 1:43 scale. The car was included in in the French ‘Dinky with parts that open‘ series but was not included in the UK Atlas Deluxe series, though there seems to be no real reason that they did not as DeAgostini still has a supply of them and are selling them on their Model Space web site which is how I obtained this one.

The model captures the car’s shape well as noted in the previous article and has nice yellow ‘gems’ for the headlights and rectangular red ones for the rear lights. The rally details are all tampo printed and are a good, if not exact, match for the originals which look like decals to me, and which are often damaged on the original models at the edges of the roof, bonnet and boot.

Although the Atlas collections have been closed down across Europe a significant amount of the stock still seems to be in the system with wholesalers in the UK and Europe having substantial stocks of most ranges now and they still seem to be receiving shipments from some central warehouse managed by DeAgostini.

DeAgostini themselves and Chinese vendors on eBay and AliBaba seem to be the major source of the Atlas Dinky models now. There must be a fair stock still in existence as the models are still regularly available.

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Atlas Dinky Collection – Estafette Camping

By Maz Woolley

Here we have another model from the Atlas France‘s Dinky ‘WIth Opening Parts’ collection. This did not appear in the UK Atlas Dinky Deluxe collection unlike many others from the French Collection.

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

This is French Dinky #565 Estafette Renault “Camping”. The model was launched by French Dinky in 1965 and is marked 1/43 scale on its base. It stayed in production until 1971. It only ever appeared in blue with a cream roof and it was one of many variants of the Estafette French DInky made. It was sold in a delightfully illustrated box, shown above, with two Estafette campers in a pleasant rural location next to a lake which Atlas has replicated well.

The Estafette was in many ways a forerunner of the vans of today with a front wheel drive configuration and a flat load area. It was launched in 1959 powered by the 850cc Dauphine engine re-engineered with a new gearbox for mounting at the front and it was an immensely popular and long lived van in France finally giving way to the Renault Trafic in 1980.

Here Dinky has modelled it as a camper van with the three way opening rear doors modelled as well as the sliding side door. Inside they have included a nice set of camping fittings including a gaily covered bench seat.

All in all a very nice toy which somehow manages to capture the real vehicle well and shows what would have been on continental camp sites apart from the ubiquitous Volkswagen Transporter based vans.

A shame that Atlas did not include this in the UK series as it is an excellent model. This model is sometimes seen at a reasonable price on eBay being sold by Chinese vendors.

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Atlas Dinky – Mercedes-Benz 230SL

By Maz Woolley

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

Well the Atlas Dinky Deluxe series has finished without delivering all the models shown on the original advertising. If you study the picture below you will see the Ford Galaxie 500 and the Mercedes-Benz 230SL which I believe were not delivered to any subscribers here in the UK. So DeAgostini’s management of Atlas’ closure is responsible for subscribers being sold short. It is not as if the models are not available, as DeAgostini is selling the missing models on its own website for a higher price, all marked Atlas on the boxes and bases.

Banner from Atlas Editions web site – part of the advertising for the collection.

The equivalent French market collection from Atlas, Dinkies with opening parts, ran to many more parts and included the missing models shown on the UK advertising as well as many more. The French Atlas organisation no longer has any trace of these series on its website with the whole site now changed to Altaya Model Space, Atlaya being another DeAgostini brand.

So here is a look at one of the models that subscribers were expecting which I obtained from DeAgostini, but the box and the base of the model are both clearly marked Editions Atlas.

French Dinky #516 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL launched in 1964 and withdrawn in 1970, is a model from the peak of Dinky France‘s model making. The box has a lovely attributed period illustration with the car emerging from a mountain tunnel and being driven by a cool guy in his shades. Of course the yellow painted car was never actually produced as the model came in silver, metallic grey, and red. Here Atlas has chosen to model it in metallic red which suits the car well. The car is as ever marked 1:43 on its base which carries full Mattel and Atlas licensing details.

The model captures the original cars slim but sturdy shape very well. and the metallic paint is nicely applied, albeit that the bonnet seems a little darker than the rest.

The car features a removable hood which lifts off with all the windows to create an open car.

The interior is modelled fairly basically, though the nicely shaped front seat backs tip to give access to the rear shelf. Like many other French Dinkies there is no cutaway below the dashboard for the drivers legs. Although the interior tub is fully sized there are no door card details either. But then this was sold as a toy for children.

In addition to the plastic detachable roof both bonnet (hood) and boot (trunk) open and a neat representation of the engine with Mercedes-Benz star on top is moulded in plastic and fitted in the engine compartment.

Tyres are as usual well presented but do not have Dunlop imprinted as so many other French Dinkys do. The wheel hubs are the standard shiny steel wheels. Lights at the front are separate plastic lenses and painted at the rear. The grille, body mouldings and badges are all well moulded and the bumpers are part of the base plate.

All in all this is a very nice model and well worth seeking out by those who have the Dinky Deluxe Collection, though why we should have to pay DeAgostini an extra couple of pounds for the pleasure of owning what we expected to be shipped in the collection I do not know.

Atlas Dinky Deluxe – #514 Alfa Romeo GIulia 1600 TI

By Maz Woolley

This is the last item that Atlas will be sending me in this collection., and I suspect probably one of the last shipments they make before being closed by DeAgostini. Regretably DeAgostini has decided that Atlas should close the collection down before all the models featured on the introductory material have been shipped, notably the Ford Galaxie 500 and Mercedes-Benz 230SL. I have asked Atlas Customer Services to refer my query as to why they have failed to ship these when DeAgostini is selling them in boxes marked Atlas on their Model Space web site. As yet I have had no answer and I am not holding my breath!

After a run of late French Dinky Models we get a classic from the 1960’s. Introduced in 1966 #514 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 TI was given a lovely reproduction box with signed artwork. It was marked 1:43 scale on the base. This casting was later re-numbered 1401 and given rally markings.

The box is a lovely period piece at a time when those that could afford an Alfa Romeo in France wore hats, even when heading for a lovely seaside location. The original Dinky model was recently covered in Robin Godwin’s fascinating series comparing all the contemporary Giulia models, and the part covering the French Dinky may be seen here. Robin’s review suggests that the model from French Dinky was amongst the best contemporary models of the Giulia but points out that there were a number of moulding faults on his original that Atlas has chosen not to replicate.

The Giulia TI was the first car introduced in the Type 105 range. It was fitted with a mildly tuned version of the 1,570cc twin cam engine. As the TI Super and the Super were introduced it became the base model in the range. Early cars had all drums and these were replaced early in production by Dunlop disks all round. With a bench front seat it was marketed as a six seater but in truth four adults was the comfortable maximum. The TI production was brought to an end in 1967 when the 1600S was introduced as the new base model.

Here Atlas has modelled it in a very pale green but all my reference books say that it was produced in white, silver and grey. Does any reader know if this pale green was actually used by French Dinky?

The mode captures the real car well with the distinctive peaked rear window nicely modelled. And a neatly modelled grille.

The front lights are ‘gems’ and the rear lights are small plastic inserts. The front windows slide up and down with a small protrusion to help. Spaces for the number plates exist and a yellow square is shown to the rear. On the side the rubbing strip and side indicators and door handles are moulded in but not highlighted.

The opening parts are boot and bonnet as shown above. An engine bay moulding is part of the main shell and painted dark green rather than the rather less realistic silver often used for contemporary models.

The tyres are as usual for French Dinky, nice mouldings with Dunlop embossed. The wheels are simple polished discs, again as generally used by French Dinky.

Well that appears to be the end of models being sent by Atlas and the list below shows the models that I have received. I believe that I have received a compete set but if any reader has received any additional models from Atlas then please let me know at As there area number of models available which should, or could, have been in the Deluxe DInky collection I will cover those in future articles.

Hachette Mercury Volkswagen Reproduction – a comparison

By Robin Godwin

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

I have just received the reproduction Mercury Volkswagen Beetle in Swiss Post (PTT) livery from an Italian dealer. The package includes model, box and a pamphlet (in Italian only) specific to the model, which retails in Italy for 14.99 Euros.

The Volkswagen is number 6 in a series of reproductions of early Mercury vehicles from the 50s, generally done to a scale of 1:48. [Editor – more about this range of reproductions may be found in articles written by Fabrizio Panico elsewhere on this website]. The Beetle itself was initially issued in 1955 (the PTT version came along in 1956), hence the casting is pretty much the same level of fidelity as contemporary Dinky Toys and the recent reproductions of that range. Interestingly, the Dinky reproductions were cast by Norev, and marketed by DeAgostini or Editions Atlas, with the Dinky trademark owned by Mattel. The included pamphlet indicates that Mercury is a registered trademark used under license, but doesn’t indicate who owns it, and nowhere does it say who casts it. The pamphlet also identifies Marco Batazzi as the reference for the historical background. Marco is an acknowledged Volkswagen expert/author, and has also written an excellent book on Volkswagen toys, which compliments both the Houchangnia and Schroeder VW Beetle books. The great Italian collector/author Paolo Rampini is credited with some of the photos of original Swiss PTT models. So it is clear that there has been some real collector input into this effort.

In this article, I’ll provide a photo comparison of an original Mercury Volkswagen, a Scottoy reproduction in white metal, and this Hachette model. Jonathan Scott did a series of reproductions of early Mercurys around the turn of the millennium. These were covered in print versions of MAR at the time. The Scottoy shown here was purchased in 2002. The original Mercury was purchased 30 years ago at a French toy show (and wasn’t inexpensive then).

Left, Hachette; centre, original Mercury; right, Scottoy, which came with windows and an interior. You can just discern that the windscreen opening is larger on the Hachette

Easy to see that the Hachette (left) is from a new master/mould in the engine vents, license plate fairing and the plate mounting itself. Close inspection of the Scottoy (right)strongly suggests that an original Mercury (centre)was the master for the white metal version

It’s impossible to mistake either reproduction for an original

Original box in the middle features stronger colours and a smaller font size for the “15”

Hachette box on bottom features cleaner printing and more of a maroon band than red

Hachette box, left, has the maroon/red band running continuously around one whole edge of the box. The original is offset. The original also has a hole in the middle of one side to view the colour of the enclosed model without having to remove it – missing on the repro box. There are no markings on the repro to indicate it is a Hachette reproduction, so future buyers of mint/boxed original Mercurys should be aware of the box differences. At least the Atlas/DeAgostini Dinky boxes have lots of additional legal information on one side of the box, which is a dead giveaway that they are a repro. I believe the PTT version was sold in the standard box, but the Mercury book by Bocco, Clemente, Coen, Perego and Pontoni illustrates a PTT version sitting atop an early #15 non-illustrated manilla toned box, featuring blue descriptive printing.

The pamphlet cover is a reproduction of the 1950 Mercury catalogue cover. Beautiful evocative artwork, but it predates the models that are being reproduced by Hachette

A trio of fairly recent PTT VolkswagensHachette, left, Editions Atlas Dinky Toy, middle, and a proper 1:43 Minialuxe, right. The original Mercury came with three different PTT logos with the differences conveniently illustrated by these three models. Original Mercury logo was a decal, but the Hachette is tampo. Yellow/black colour separation is better on the Hachette than the original (based on photos in the pamphlet and other sources).

All-in-all, it’s a good reproduction and well worth the 15 Euros.

Atlas Dinky Deluxe 011455 Citroën CX Pallas

By Maz Woolley

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

Well, Atlas subscribers have had letters informing them that the Atlas Dinky Deluxe Collection, which has been run in the UK, is now being terminated. In the meantime there are two more models that I have not reviewed, and here is the first of them.

The penultimate model in the collection is 011455 Citroën CX Pallas which was made in Spain by Pilen for French Dinky. Like all late models the box lacks the illustrations seen in the Sixties and the drawing is unattributed. The colour of the car on the box matches the only colour that this model was made in. Sources do not agree on the date that it went on sale with 1/77 being engraved into the mould and Atlas saying it was sold from 1977 whilst all the other sources I have say It was first sold in 1978.

The model was also sold as a Auto Pilen model in their typical plastic box and it has been seen in a metallic bronze finish with Pilen style cast wheels which are not accurate for a Citroën.

The CX was launched to replace the long running DS and ran from 1974 to 1991 and was replaced by the XM. It was European Car of the Year in 1975. For the first time a large front wheel drive Citroën had the engine was mounted transversely which allowed for a shorter bonnet than the DS and even greater interior space. Although it looks like a hatchback it isn’t with a separate boot and fixed rear window. The Pallas name was inherited from the DS range and the Pallas model was a higher specification car with leather upholstery, trim embellishments, and more sound insulation.

The Atlas model is to 1:43 scale and captures the original Pilen made model well. Pilen had caught the cars shape very well so this is a nice model as well as toy The base is diecast and painted black and curves up to meet the body part giving the effect of the black sills on the original car. This diecast base also makes the model heavy for its size. The car also shows the typical parked Citroën stance with the car sitting low on the hydraulic suspension that then lifts as the car starts.

Sadly this model was developed in the era of heavy cost-cutting as there is no suspension or turning wheels fitted, and the opening parts are restricted to the front doors.

As can be seen the opening doors have no window frames or glazing fitted, nor any plastic door cards. The door retaining spring is also a weak one and I have been told of one model’s door falling off as it was taken from the box. I have no idea if the originals were similarly marred by poor springs.

The model shows signs of 1970s cost cutting as Dinky had provided suspension and turning wheels, full frame doors all opening, sliding windows in the doors, bonnets and boots opening, separate parts for lights and grilles, and interior details on some of their mid-Sixties models. Two half opening doors and inserted lights front and back is a lot fewer features than children had come to expect. It should be noted that the front lights are clear rather than the yellow shown on the box.

The number plate is a Parisian one which is appropriate. And the moulded intake on the bonnet is well captured. The bonnet itself has neatly moulded edges and almost looks as if it could open but sadly it doesn’t. The glazing fits very well, front and rear, and incorporates a clear moulding of the large single wiper used by Citroën as well as rear blinds.

Inside the model has some limited dashboard features and good basic seats, though the steering wheel is utterly wrong as the car had the characteristic Citroën single spoke steering wheel.

Many collectors will already have this model as it was readily available at a bargain price shipped directly from China some time ago and it is also currently available on the UK DeAgostini Model Space website. The last model in the collection will be an ‘Alfa Romeo 1600′ which has already been shipped.

Atlas Deluxe Dinky Toys is complete

By Maz Woolley

Many collectors received an email late on 20/3/2019 like the one shown below stating that the Atlas Dinky Deluxe series running in the UK is complete.

When I looked at my account on the Atlas website the collection shows as cancelled and not as complete and two models that I have not yet received are shown as having been sent. It will also be interesting to see if those who subscribed to the series at the higher rate to pay for a ‘Dinky’ garage will actually get one, and if not what DeAgostini as the owner of Atlas will do about taking their money under false pretences.

If we look at the collection advert above from their website it reflects the original publicity material for this series. I note that two models in the picture have never shipped to collectors: the Ford Galaxie; and Mercedes 230SL. Yet DeAgostini is currently selling them on their ModelSpace site. It seems a very poor reward for those who have subscribed to the series that they have to scrabble about elsewhere, and pay more, to get models that they should have had in the collection in the first place.

For the sake of completeness I include a table below which lists all the models that Atlas/DeAgostini say formed my collection though please note the final two are ‘in the post’. My apologies for the inconsistent presentation that is as Atlas created the entries.

If any reader has any details of additional models that they have received from Atlas in this collection please let me know ( so that if there are any others we can create a full list.

It is clear that the collection was very different to that many UK collectors hoped for. The original test marketing promised many Binns Road Dinkys that have never appeared. There are even items on the revised collection advertising, issued when the collection finally launched, that have not been delivered to subscribers.

All in all I believe that the business practices of DeAgostini and its Atlas subsidiary have fallen well short of what loyal customers might expect. They accepted subscribers to series like the Jaguar Collection and Dinky Trucks long after they had finished the collection for early subscribers and then closed the collections for later subscribers well short of delivering them all the models the earlier subscribers got. They have also failed to send out advertised models in various collections despite the fact that in some cases the items were being sold to the wholesale trade in significant numbers and even available on DeAgostini’s own Model Space website.

Atlas Dinky Deluxe – 1421 Opel GT 1900

By Maz Woolley

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

My latest delivery from Atlas is a replica of French Dinky #1421, an Opel GT 1900. The original model was in the Dinky range from 1969 to 1971. The earlier releases of the original came with a sheet with a choice of French and German number plates though the Atlas model just has German plates ready fitted. The box art is in the later unattributed style with a white background and showing the car in red, a colour it was never issued in. The Atlas model replicates the blue colour the model was produced in for its entire run.

The Opel GT debuted as a styling exercise in 1965 at the Paris and Frankfurt motor shows. The production vehicle used mechanical components from the contemporary Opel Kadett B and two-door hard top bodywork produced by French contractor Brissonneau & Lotz. More than one hundred thousand were sold by Opel from 1968 to 1973. The car was unitary bodied and powered by a choice of a 1.1 or 1.9 Litre engine. mounted longitudinally at the front driving the rear wheels. One unusual feature of the Opel GT is the operation of the pop-up headlights. They are manually operated, by way of a large lever along the centre console next to the gear lever. Designed by Opel stylist Erhard Schnell the GT is a fastback, that has neither an externally accessible boot nor a hatch. There is a parcel shelf behind the seats that can only be accessed through the main doors. Behind the parcel shelf is a fold-up panel that conceals a spare tire and jack. Hence the need for the luggage rack fitted to the Dinky!

This model features ‘super rapide speedwheels‘ which do not seem to be much lower friction than normal ones, perhaps that is just Atlas not replicating them properly? In any event they are over shiny and not particularly good replicas of the real wheels. The doors are fully framed and open, as does the bonnet. However, none of the opening parts is a tight fit and the gaps round them are large.

The GT badging is moulded into the front wings and the front bumper unit is a large moulding with yellow jewels fitted as fog lights and what appears to be a Munich registration plate. Unfortunately the sides of the bumpers are too small to fully fill the recess leaving a substantial gap there too. I am sure that these faults are all there on the original model too, certainly web pictures seem to bear that out.

[Editor: Since publishing this article Jim McLachan has pointed out that his original Dinky has close fitting parts and no problem with a gap round front bumper. This clearly suggests that the Atlas replica is poorer than the original]

The rear of the model is finished simply with the lights moulded in and picked out in red and orange paint. The bumpers are well modelled as is the luggage rack though this is fitted crookedly on the model that I have. As it is simply retained by a single plastic pin into the bodywork I can see that it would be impossible to correct. In fact a missing rack is very common on the original models that survive.

Viewed from the side the blandness of the wheels and the large gaps round the doors an bonnet are quite clear. The side view also highlights the fact that the Dinky model roof is too low. Photographs show the side door windows to be rather higher and the roof rounder in profile. I am also a bit unsure about the front end where I think the gradual curve is too gentle and perhaps the front end is little long. What do you think?

The interior is all in red and the front seat backs do not tip forward. A shiny inline motor sits beneath the bonnet. Underneath there is a minimal moulding showing the drive train and exhaust and stating that the model is to 1:43 scale.

As with many other late Dinky models from France there is a street sign included showing speed controls.

All in all I am not sure that the model does the original vehicle justice but there I think Atlas has just perpetuated the shortcomings of the original Dinky.

Atlas Deluxe Dinky #1420 Opel Commodore

By Maz Woolley

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

The latest issue in the Atlas Deluxe Dinky Toys series is the French Dinky Opel Commodore GS #1420 introduced in 1970 to 1:43 scale it lasted in production for just one year and was deleted in 1971. Painted in red with matte black bonnet and roof, and a single black side strip, rather than the twin shown on the box. The wheels were nicely engineered silvered castings which include the Opel badge in the centre, and which are fitted with rubber tyres. The box art is in the later French Dinky style, unsigned, and featuring the car against a white background. Unusually, in this case the car is shown in the same colour that the model is painted. It came with a ‘customs’sign in the box.

This model re-used the casting from #1405 Opel Rekord Coupe introduced in 1968 which was fitted with speedwheels and initially sold in a perspex box. In fact Dinky didn’t even bother to tidy up the chassis and the Rekord lettering remains on the base. Indeed the ‘splodge’ of ill defined cast-in letters on the boot and front wing look to me like Rekord badging too.

Here in the UK we had a hybrid version of this car sold by Dinky UK from 1971 in its own UK box. The car was the Commodore painted in blue with a matte black roof. It is missing the black bonnet and side stripe of the French release. The doors also appear to be different with the door card appearing in photographs on the web to be moulded into the metal door rather than being a separate plastic part. No effort has been made to make the car a UK spec car as the steering wheel remains on the left. It is fitted with a strange number plate GB5372MI in silver on black which is nothing like a 1971 UK number plate which would have been a white plate with three letters, three numbers and a J or K suffix.

The Opel Commodore A was introduced in 1967 as an upmarket version of the Rekord, with which it shared its body and mechanics. The GS version was top of the range and had a special paint job and a double carburettor version of the 2.5 Litre six cylinder engine. It was withdrawn in 1971 as the UK Dinky Toys model went on sale!

The Atlas model seems to be a very accurate replica of the original though Atlas has not reproduced the mould faults clearly visible on both French and British original models. The masking of the black painted roof is also done accurately unlike the variety of wobbly edges shown on original models.

This is another Atlas model with huge gaps at the front of the doors which are actually a good fit otherwise. In this case, looking carefully at original models on the Internet, Atlas seems to have introduced this fault. The original models do not seem to have this air scoop edge.

Another shortcoming in the upgrade to a Commodore is the rather bland chromed grille and lights which appear to be the grille from a Rekord and not a Commodore. The Commodore has two horizontal chrome strips top and bottom with a black background and a single set of small vertical bars. Unlike the Rekord which has a central horizontal strip with vertical bars above and below as shown on this model. The number plates are for the German City of Koblenz.

In summary a rather flawed original model from Dinky which has most of its faults reproduced by Atlas whilst with the doors they have introduced new faults.

According to my Atlas account the next model due is also an Opel, in this case the 1900GT.

Atlas Deluxe Dinky Spanish #1416 Renault 6

By Maz Woolley

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

Atlas models seem to be shipped regularly now. Perhaps with so few series left running they have the stocks set aside in the warehouse all ready to go. One wonders how long the Deluxe Dinky series will last as I am sure that the number of subscribers must be tailing off with many put off by the fact that it has turned into a series of French Dinkies. On the other hand, if there are many left over models from the French series, I expect they will get shipped to us until there is nothing new left.

The model shown here is a replica of French Dinky #1416, a Renault 6 to 1:43 scale. This model is a later one sold from 1969 and produced in Spain for Dinky by Pilen. If it looks familiar that is because we have already had the earlier French made 1416 in Red in this series which you can read about here.

As if often the case the box art work shows the car in a colour never issued by Dinky. It is a curious picture as it shows the front doors open with no window frame featured yet the whole door is modelled. As is usual with the later pictures no artist is credited and there is no interesting background to liven up the box.

I will not repeat the information about the Renault 6 you will find in the original article here, just take a look at the Spanish made model. This differed from the earlier French made model as it had modifications to the front grille and lights to represent an updated version of the R6 and the bonnet opening mechanism actuated by pushing down the steering wheel in the French made car, and the earlier Atlas replica, was not included.

It continued using the same number plate from the previous version which was a sign that Dinky were no longer paying as much attention to detail as they had in earlier years. The poor fit of the opening front doors was not addressed and they still let down the rest of the casting.

The base is plastic and the front bumper has lost its overriders despite them still being shown on the box. The car also sits strangely low at the rear when the R6 always seemed to ride higher at the rear than the front.

Perhaps not an exciting model or even particularly welcomed by collectors when the earlier model has already been collected.

The next car in the series has already arrived and it is #1420 Opel Commodore.