Dinky 151-G Triumph 1800 Saloon - Black - Code 3

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This model is the Dinky 151-G-1 Triumph 1800 Saloon in black. This is a Code 3 item with embellishments, probably to allow its creator to display a replica of the rare Code 1 black Triumph. It comes with a home-made reproduction box showing a black Triumph 1800 on one face, the standard tan body with green hub version on the other face, and with black coloured dots on the end flaps.

Chris Warr (UK) advises "The black Triumph was produced in a relatively small quantity (no one knows exactly how many) at the very start of the run. Dinky had a close relationship with Triumph, as shown with the later Herald special colour issues. It is only a rumour, as so many years have gone by now, but the Black 40b was supposed to have been a run of samples bought by Triumph so that dealers could give one away when a real Triumph 1800 was purchased. A few were made, but the scheme never took off. A mint unboxed (these only came in trade boxes) Black 40b went for £5000.00 in 1991/2."

This model features a single piece cast body with separate cast headlights. The body casting is the revised casting without the two internal rear pillars that held the axles in place. The entire body is painted black with the bumpers, grille, headlight lenses, and door handles picked out in silver. The front side light lenses are picked out in orange, the rear tail lights are picked out in red. The wheel hubs are of the cast ridged variety and also painted black. There is no interior or glazing.

The base plate is lacquered tinplate metal with a blackish tinge. It is marked with "Dinky Toys" at the top centre, "Triumph" in the middle centre, "Meccano Ltd" at the bottom centre, and "Made in England" on three lines over the rear axle.

All wheels consist of black cast hubs with black rubber tyres, mounted on steel axles.

The original model was issued between 1954 and 1960. I do not know when this code 3 example was done.

Item: 3387