Tag Archives: Berliet

Atlas Dinky Trucks – 588 GAK Berliet Camion Brasseur

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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Atlas Trucks Series – Berliet Fire Appliance

By Maz Woolley

 

The latest model that I have received in the Atlas Dinky Trucks subscription series is a re-creation of a French Dinky toy Fire appliance. Some collectors are reported to have received a Guy Otter flatbed which can be seen on eBay so Atlas’ erratic model dispatches now seem to be affecting this series as well.

Atlas Dinky Berliet Fire

The original French Dinky model was issued in 1957 and numbered 32 E as reproduced on the Atlas reproduction box shown above. The model was later re-numbered 583. This model is based upon the Berliet GLA which had a 2.5 Litre engine.

Atlas Dinky Berliet Fire

The Atlas replica is very nicely painted and finished with white tyres and red hubs as used on the original model when it was launched. The small hose reels to the rear are on detachable trolleys and I imagine that quite a few of these models will be bought to donate these parts to original models which are missing them.

Atlas Dinky Berliet Fire

This is a rather nice model and like all this series it is made in China by Norev for Atlas.


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