By Maz Woolley
All text and photographs by, and copyright of the Author, unless otherwise stated.
Here is another car from the continental ‘Dinky with opening parts‘ series which was boxed but without a certificate by a China based seller on eBay. It may of course appear in the UK Deluxe Dinky series at some point but that is yet to be seen. Dinky 1455 Citroën CX Pallas is from the final years of Dinky France when the models were being made under contract in Spain. Dinky launched the model in 1978 and it only appeared in metallic blue.
As the photograph above shows the later Dinky Toys lost the lovely box artwork which had been such a feature of French Dinky models. Although pictured with yellow headlight lenses the model actually had clear ones fitted. Separate plastic lenses are fitted front and rear which is stated as one of the model features on the box.
The CX was produced by Citroën from 1974 to 1991 replacing the DS and over a million were made. The Pallas was an upmarket variant of the model. Originally intended to be powered by a three rotor wankel engine the poor fuel economy meant that this was dropped before the cars launch.
One of the features of the model is number plates front and rear which are for Department 75 which is Paris.
The side veiw shows a complete lack of painted items though handles and rubbing strips are moulded in. The tyres have Dunlop moulded in in overscale lettering.
Opening features are limited to the doors and the photograph below shows that they didn’t even correctly replicate the Citroën single spoke steering wheel though the interior has some details moulded in it is not very accurate.
All in all a good toy and as usual to 1:43 scale. And a reminder of the way Dinky began to lose ground to other model makers at the time neither keeping up on play features or making models more detailed and accurate.
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