Category:1960s Dinky Toys

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By the 1960s, Dinky Toys were really under pressure - Corgi Toys had made them look bad by launching "The Ones with Windows", and Tri-ang had further claimed the upper ground with their "all to scale" Spot-On range.

Dinky were forced to innovate and keep innovating, and the new Dinkies didn't just have windows and opening bonnets with engines underneath - if you could make a bonnet that opened, why not have opening doors, too? By the late 1960s, it seemed that every door or hatch on a new car model that could open, did open, and Dinky catalogues showed pictures of cars fully splayed, with line diagrams below showing the same opened doors and bonnets with helpful arrows, just in case the reader hadn't gotten the point.

Franchise models

Another blow for Dinky, though, was Mettoy-Playcraft's successful bidding for a number of plum franchises with international appeal, including the rights for Corgi to make models of James Bond's gadget-laden Aston Martin and the Batmobile.

Dinky managed to land the franchise for making toys based on Gerry Anderson's UK TV creations and produced Thunderbirds toys (which they put at the very front of their catalogue), along with cars and vehicles based on Captain Scarlet and Joe 90.

1963 range:

transcribed from the 196311th ed 2nd impression pricelist, 13/763/400

DUBLO DINKY TOYS
  • 050 – Railway Staff (Set)
  • 052 – Railway Passengers (Set)
  • 054 – Railway Station Personnel (Set)
  • 067 – Austin Taxi
  • 068 – Royal Mail Van
  • 069 – Massey-Harris-Ferguson Tractor
  • 070 – A.E.C. Mercury Tanker SHELL B.P.
  • 071 – Volkswagen Delivery Van HORNBY-DUBLO
  • 072 – Bedford Articulated Flat Truck
  • 073 – Land-Rover and Horse Trailer (with Horse)
  • 076 – Lansing Bagnall Tractor and Trailer
  • 078 – Lansing Bagnali Trailer only
DINKY TOYS
  • 007 – Petrol Pump Attendants (pair)
  • 008 – Fire Station Personnel (Set)
  • 009 – Service Station Personnel (Set)
  • 010 – Road Maintenance Personnel (Set)
  • 036 – Battery 1½v (For 276 and 277)
  • 037 – Lamp 1½v, Red (For 277)
  • 038 – Lamp 1½v, Orange (For 276)
  • 112 – Austin Healey Sprite Mk. II
  • 113 – M.G.B. Sports Car
  • 114 – Triumph Spitfire (with lady driver and safety belt)
  • 117 – 4-Berth Caravan with Transparent Roof
  • 120 – Jaguar E Type (with interchangeable folded hood and hardtop)
  • 134 – Triumph Vitesse
  • 137 – Plymouth Fury Convertible
  • 138 – Hillman Imp
  • 139 – Ford Cortina
  • 140 – Morris 1100 Saloon
  • 141 – Vauxhall Victor Estate Car
  • 142 – Jaguar Mark X
  • 143 – Ford Capri
  • 144 – Volkswagen 1500
  • 145 – Singer Vogue Saloon
  • 146 – 2½ litre V8 Daimler
  • 147 – Cadillac 62
  • 148 – Ford Fairlane
  • 150 – Rolls Royce Silver Wraith
  • 155 – Ford Anglia
  • 167 – A.C. Aceca Coupé
  • 168 – Singer Gazelle
  • 169 – Studebaker Golden Hawk
  • 174 – Hudson Hornet
  • 176 – Austin A105 Saloon
  • 177 – Opel Kapitan
  • 178 – Plymouth Plaza
  • 179 – Studebaker President Saloon
  • 180 – Packard Clipper Saloon
  • 181 – Volkswagen
  • 182 – Porsche 356A Coupé
  • 184 – Volvo 122S
  • 185 – Alfa Romeo l900 Super Sprint
  • 186 – Mercedes-Benz 22OSE
  • 187 – Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coupé
  • 188 – Four Berth Caravan (with interior fittings)
  • 189 – Triumph Herald Saloon
  • 190 – Caravan
  • 191 – Dodge Royal Sedan
  • 192 – De Soto Fireflite
  • 193 – Rambler Cross Country Station Wagon
  • 194 – Bentley Series S Coupé
  • 195 – Jaguar 3.4 litre Mk. II
  • 196 – Holden Special Sedan
  • 197 – Morris Mini-Traveller
  • 198 – Rolls Royce Phantom V
  • 199 – Austin 7 Countryman
  • 230 – Talbot-Lago Racing Car
  • 231 – Maserati Racing Car
  • 232 – Alfa Romeo Racing Car
  • 233 – Cooper Bristol Racing Car
  • 234 – Ferrari Racing Car
  • 237 – Mercedes-Benz Racing Car
  • 233 – Jaguar Type D Racing Car
  • 239 – Vanwall Racing Car
  • 240 – Cooper Racing Car
  • 241 – Lotus Racing Car
  • 242 – Ferrari Racing Car
  • 249 – World Famous Racing Cars set of 6 on Showcard
  • 251 – Aveling-Barford Diesel Roller
  • 252 – Refuse Wagon, Bedford chassis
  • 253 – Daimler Ambulance
  • 256 – Police Car with driver and passenger
  • 257 – Fire Chief's Car (Canadian type)
  • 258 – U.S.A. Police Car
  • 259 – Fire Engine
  • 263 – Superior Criterion Ambulance
  • 264 – R.C.M.P. Patrol Car
  • 265 – Plymouth U.S.A. Taxi
  • 268 – Renault Dauphine Minicab
  • 269 – Motorway Police Car
  • 270 – A.A. Motor Cycle Patrol
  • 276 – Airport Fire Tender with Flashing Light
  • 271 – Superior Criterion Ambulance with Flashing Light
  • 290 – Double Deck Bus, DUNLOP
  • 291 – London Bus, EXIDE
  • 292 – Atlantean Bus
  • 295 – Atlas Bus (Standard Atlas Kenebrake)
  • 300 – Massey-Harris Tractor
  • 301 – Field-Marshall Tractor
  • 310 – Farm Tractor and Hayrake
  • 319 – Weeks Tipping Farm Trailer
  • 320 – Halesowen Harvest Trailer
  • 321 – Massey-Harris Manure Spreader
  • 322 – Disc Harrow
  • 324 – Hayrake
  • 340 – Land-Rover
  • 341 – Land-Rover Trailer I
  • 343 – Farm Produce Wagon
  • 401 – Coventry Climax Fork Lift Truck
  • 405 – Universal Jeep
  • 408 – Big Bedford Truck
  • 409 – Bedford Articulated Lorry
  • 410 – Bedford End Tipper
  • 414 – Rear Tipping Wagon
  • 424 – Commer Convertible Articulated Truck
  • 428 – Trailer, Large
  • 430 – Breakdown Lorry, Commer chassis
  • 434 – Bedford TK Crash Truck
  • 436 – Atlas Copco Compressor Lorry
  • 437 – Muir-Hill 2-WL Loader (with driver)
  • 448 – Chevrolet El Camino Pick-up and Trailers
  • 449 – Chevrolet El Camino Pick-up Truck
  • 518 – Renault
  • 535 – 2 C.V. Citroën
  • 550 – Chrysler Saratoga
  • 553 – Peugeot
  • 555 – Ford Thunderbird
  • 561 – Citroën Delivery Van
  • 563 – Renault Pick-up
  • 603 – Army Personnel - Private, seated
  • 621 – 3-ton Army Wagon
  • 622 – 10-ton Army Truck
  • 626 – Military Ambulance
  • 651 – Centurion Tank
  • 660 – Tank Transporter
  • 661 – Recovery Tractor
  • 665 – Honest John Missile Launching Vehicle
  • 666 – Missile Erector Vehicle, complete with Corporal Missile and Launching Platform
  • 667 – Missile Servicing Platform Vehide
  • 670 – Armoured Car
  • 674 – Austin Champ Army Vehicle
  • 686 – 25-pounder Field Gun
  • 687 – Trailer for 25-pounder Field Gun
  • 688 – Field Artillery Tractor
  • 689 – Medium Artillery Tractor
  • 693 – 72 inch Howitzer
  • 695 – Howitzer and Tractor
  • 697 – 25-pounder Field Gun Set
  • 698 – Gift Set, Tank Transporter with Tank
  • 708 – Vickers Viscount 800 Airliner B.E.A.
  • 735 – Gloster Javelin Delta Wing Fighter
  • 736 – Hawker Hunter Fighter
  • 737 – P.1B Lightning Fighter
  • 738 – DH110 Sea Vixen Fighter
  • 753 – Police Controlled Crossing
  • 755 – Lamp Standard, single arm
  • 756 – Lamp Standard, double arm
  • 763 – Miniature Posters (for Road Hoarding) (per packet)
  • 764 – Miniature Posters (for Road Hoarding) (per packet)
  • 765 – Road Hoarding
  • 772 – British Road Signs (Set of 24)
  • 773 – Traffic Signal (4 face)
  • 777 – Beacon
  • 778 – Road Repair Warning Boards (Set)
  • 781 – Petrol Pump Station ESSO
  • 782 – Petrol Pump Station SHELL
  • 783 – Petrol Pump Station B.P.
  • 785 – Service Station
  • 786 – Tyre Rack, with Tyres
  • 787 – Lighting Kit for Dinky Toys Buildings
  • 788 – Marrel Bucket for No. 966
  • 792 – Packing Cases (3)
  • 794 – Loading Ramp for No. 982
  • 796 – Healey Sports Boat on Trailer
  • 797 – Healey Sports Boat
  • 815 – Panhard Armoured Car
  • 817 – A.M.X. 13-ton Tank
  • 894 – Car Transporter
  • 905 – Foden Flat Truck with chains
  • 908 – Mighty Antar with Transformer
  • 930 – Bedford Pallet-Jekta Van DINKY TOYS
  • 934 – Leyland Octopus Wagon
  • 943 – Leyland Octopus Tanker ESSO
  • 944 – Shell B.P. Fuel Tanker
  • 948 – Tractor Trailer McLEAN
  • 949 – Wayne School Bus
  • 952 – Vega Major Luxury Touring Coach
  • 953 – Continental Touring Coach
  • 954 – Fire Station
  • 955 – Fire Engine with Extending Ladder
  • 956 – Turntable Fire Escape
  • 957 – Fire Service Set
  • 958 – Snow Plough
  • 959 – Foden Dump-Truck with Bulldozer Blade
  • 960 – Albion Lorry-mounted Concrete Mixer
  • 961 – Blaw Knox Bulldozer
  • 962 – Muir-Hill Dumper Truck
  • 964 – Elevator Loader
  • 965 – Euclid Rear Dump Truck
  • 966 – Marrel Multi-Bucket Unit
  • 967 – B.B.C. TV Mobile Control Room
  • 968 – B.B.C. TV Roving Eye Vehicle
  • 969 – B.B.C. TV Extending Mast Vehicle
  • 971 – Coles Mobile Crane
  • 972 – Coles 20-ton Lorry-mounted Crane
  • 975 – Ruston-Bucyrus Excavator
  • 917 – Servicing Platform Vehicle (Commercial)
  • 979 – Racehorse Transport (with hinged ramps and two horses)
  • 982 – Pullmore Car Transporter
  • 983 – Car Carrier and Trailer
  • 984 – Car Carrier
  • 935 – Trailer for Car Carrier
  • 986 – Mighty Antar Low Loaderwith Propeller
  • 987 – A.B.C. TV Control Room
  • 988 – A.B.C. TV Transmitter Van
  • 997 – Caravelle SE210 Airliner
  • 998 – Bristol Britannia Airliner
  • 999 – D.H. Comet Airliner
TYRES
  • 66277 – Tyre 1116" diam. (per dozen)
  • 10253 – Tyre 1316" diam. black or grey (O99) (per dozen)
  • 13978 – Tyre 1 116" diam. (093) (per dozen)
  • 14094 – Tyre 1932" diam. black (092) (per dozen)
  • 14095 – Tyre 1932" diam. white (O92) (per dozen)
  • 60036 – Tyre 12" diam. (091) (per dozen)
  • 60687 – Tyre 1 2564" black (087) (per dozen)
  • 60689 – Tyre 4964" black (089) (per dozen)
  • 60790 – Tyre 916" black (090) (per dozen)
  • 60791 – Tyre 916" white (090) (per dozen)
GIFT SETS
  • 121 – Goodwood Sports Cars Gift Set
  • 122 – Touring Gift Set
  • 123 – Mayfair Gift Set
  • 298 – Emergency Services Gift Set
  • 393 – Farm Vehicles Gift Set
  • 900 – Site Building Gift Set

Gallery

~1965: The end of Meccano Ltd.

The imending failure of Meccano Limited and its takeover by Lines Brothers in ~1965 triggered a certain amount of reevaluation of the Dinky range, with the slightly confusing distinction between Dinky Toys and Dinky Supertoys being deleted, and the Supertoy range rebadged as just Dinky Toys. The range continued by made at Binns Road, Liverpool, and the French offshoot company continued making French Dinkies at Bobigny (until around ~1970).

With Lines Brothers now owning both the Dinky range, and their own Spot-On diecast ranage that was designed to compete with it, Lines Brothers decided to rationalise their diecast production by shutting down Spot-On production, and a small number of Spot-On car designs that were not yet in production ended up being released as Dinkies. An additional consequence was that the standard nominal Dinky scale of 1:43 seems to have been changed to match the fractionally larger Spot-On scale of 1:42.

Oddly, the appearance of Mattel's Hotwheels in 1968, and the popularity of Matchbox toys, which triggered other diecast manufacturars to bring out their own competing ranges of cheaper smaller-scale toy cars with low-friction wheels (like Corgi Juniors) didn't seem to prompt a response from Dinky ... perhaps with the closure of Meccano Ltd. and the growing problems at Lines Brothers it might have been considered the wrong moment to try to launch a new product range, or perhaps those behind Dinky considered that they had already tried the "smaller-scale" idea with the limited Dublo Dinky range, and found that it didn't work.

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