Category Archives: Simca

Atlas Dinky 1407 Simca 1100

By Maz Woolley

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

The Atlas Deluxe Dinky Collection continues here in the UK despite the liquidation of Atlas UK. As it has been almost exclusively based upon the French Dinkies from the continental “ones with openings” series I expect that it will continue whilst there are sufficient subscribers and stock left over from the French collection. The latest model delivered to me is Dinky 1407 Simca 1100.

First shown at the Sardinia and Paris Car Shows in 1967 the Simca 1100 brought SImca up to date with a front wheel drive power train and a five door hatchback body , as well as folding rear seats, disk brakes, rack and pinion steering, and independent suspension. This was a strong package and the car sold over two million units in all its variations, Hatchback, Estate Car, and Van.  It even formed the underpinnings of the Matra Rancho crossover in later years.

The model is painted in grey/silver metallic paint as it was issued in France. When production went to Spain it was painted in metallic green. Like much Dinky box art of the time the artist painted it in a colour, red, that was never used.  The Dinky model was in production from 1968 until 1971 in France then from 1974 to 1978 in Spain. A police car version appeared in 1977 as #1450  and was made under licence by Pilen in Spain with a black and white livery with light bar and Police decals.

The reproduction from Norev for Atlas is a good one. A nice silver grey paint has been used and given a lacquer finish.  The shape of the car and its “perched” stance has been well captured.

Lights are given a cursory silver paint at the front and red at the rear. the bumpers are nicely formed and the car is marked ‘1/43’. This makes the Dinkies from France of this period appealing as most are to this scale.

The opening parts that make this a Deluxe Dinky are the bonnet and hatchback. The hatch opens to show a neatly moulded tan coloured interior with a gear lever moulded in even if the dashboard is bare of all features.

One curiosity is that the engine compartment is painted green. One doubts if the real cars were. Maybe it is to provide a contrast to the silver bodywork as a silver engine would have not stood out at all.

The base is in plastic and the car has suspension fitted and has a slot to the rear to allow it to tow tabbed accessories.


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Atlas Germany – Ambulance Collection Part Five

By Hans-Georg  Schmitt

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Here are the latest three issues in the Ambulance series from Atlas Editions Germany. These are diecast to 1:43 scale in China for Atlas.

7 495 009  Citroen CX Heuliez Ambulance

The new Citroën CX saloon was introduced in October 1974, and the estate followed in September 1975. Heuliez developed an ambulance based upon the CX , which became very common in France. The CX was built up to 1990, and its successor was the XM.

The miniature is an accurate shape and the decorations are authentic. The front doors have the blue “Star of Life” used in France printed. This shows that the ambulance the model is based upon is a rescue vehicle. A number of parts are moulded and inserted such as the air vents, beacon, aerial and lights. The baseplate has only limited detail moulded in.

7 495 010  Simca Marly

When the Ford Motor Company left France, Simca took over the plant in Poissy near Paris and launched the new Vedette with pontoon body, but with an old fashioned V8 engine. Besides the saloon, an estate was also manufactured, named “Marly”. Its body had a long wheelbase and was therefore suitable for use as an ambulance car. Most of them were used as “Ambulance Municipale” , i.e. for the local transport of patients in a stable condition.

The model is authentic in shape and has excellently printed livery. Lots of small separate parts are used to make it a well detailed replica. Again the baseplate has minimal detail moulded in.

7 495 011  RAF 2203 Latvija

When the RAF company (Rigas Autobusu Fabrika) was founded in 1949, Latvia and their capital Riga belonged still to the Soviet Union. In 1976, production of the 2203 started in the plant. One version was an ambulance, which was upgraded by Tamro in Helsinki, Finland, into an RTW, emergency doctor´s car, in small numbers.

Tamro added a high roof, so that the emergency team could stand upright to work on the patient(s). The vehicle was fully equipped to allow the treatment of heavily injured patients. It formed a rolling intensive care unit. The model is authentic in shape and markings. Lots of small separate parts are used for all the lights, spotlights, light bars and so on.


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