De Agostini Dinky UK Series – 157 Jaguar XK120

By Maz Woolley

Photographs by, and copyright of, the Author. 

DeAgostini is still releasing it’s new Dinky Series to the news trade here in the UK though I suspect that it will shortly go on subscription and advance order only. So I bought part 5 of the series, a replica of Dinky 157 Jaguar XK120, to compare with the Atlas Dinky series. The Atlas collection also featured this model but in  a later form in two-tone yellow and white which can be seen here.

The boxes shown below show the two colours initially available at the launch red and green and the box has a green dot printed on it to replicate the factory markings appropriate for this model.

Looking on the box we can see that where Atlas once features DeAgostini is listed in both UK and Italy where this series is currently running. If only one could understand their Lot codes, does 2016 mean that this has been sitting in a warehouse since then for distribution here and in Italy?

The XK120 was made between 1948 and 1954 with the Fixed Head Coupe arriving in 1951. It was an outstanding success looking more beautiful than the products of many coachbuilders at a fraction of the cost and fitted with a superb straight six engine that would go on to power the E Type. It was widely bought to race both in the US and UK.

The DeAgostini have had their replica painted in the earlier plain colours which were available from the launch in 1954 to around 1956 when they were “jazzed up” with two tone colours.

The wheels are painted in a brown shade similar to the hubs on the Dinky Standard Vanguard which makes a slightly strange impression. However, this combination is entirely correct for an early model.

This Dinky captures the sensuous curves of the XK120 very well and must have been a very popular toy at the time because there are still many to be seen at toy fairs in a variety of conditions.

The next model to be issued by DeAgostini in this range is the Renault Dauphine in Minicab livery from 1962 with adverts printed on it which is an attractive model.

Editor’s correction: Reader Ian Hunt has pointed out that there is an insert in the magazine which says that instead of the next model shown on the back cover the next model will actually be a Fiat 600. 

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