Dinky 040h-G Austin Taxi

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This model is the Dinky 40h-G-1 Austin Taxi in the SCARCE colour scheme of yellow with BROWN base as listed in Richardson's book (pg 60, "The Great Book of Dinky Toys" by Mike & Sue Richardson, published 2000 by New Cavendish Books [ISBN 1 82727 83 2]).

The model features no opening parts, all features are cast into the body casting. At the front the headlights, centre grille, and bumper are picked out in silver, and above the front windscreen is a white  on black background "TAXI" sign. The sides show cast body lines and doors, the left hand side has an open luggage compartment with yellow meter. The rear has a silver bumper. The interior is cast metal (actually part of the cast base plate) and comprises the area from luggage wall, driver and driver's seat, steering wheel and dash board. There is no rear passenger seat or glazing on this model. The front and rear wheel arches, and running boards are also details molded into the main body casting.

All wheels are of the shaped cast metal type - solid one piece cast metal hubs, painted yellow, with a separate black "rubber" tyre on a steel domed axle.

The base plate of this model is held in place by two machined rivets. It carries the legend Dinky Toys at the centre top, "Austin Taxi, Meccano LTD" on two lines at the centre bottom, "40H" forward of the front axle, and "Made in England" to the rear of the rear axle.

This item was issued between 1951 and 1953 and is considered SCARCE due to the brown painted base.

Item: 3657