This double-decker bus was a mainstay of
the Dinky range from 1938 right through to the 1960s. During that time
it went through a lot of changes while retaining the same basic casting.
The main difference you will notice to the casting is the radiator
grille. There are three types, two AECs and a Leyland. I will use the
same definitions as the Ramsay price guide in that the Type 1 was an AEC
with a central divider to the grille, a large badge and cut-away front
wings. This one ran from 1938 to 1947. The Type 2 was also an AEC with a
central divider, this time with a smaller triangular badge and wings cut
straight across at the front, this casting was used 1949-53 and 1957-59.
Type 3 is a Leyland Titan grille which has no divider and no badge but
again has the straight across wings. This one was used 1948-49 and
Wheels started as black
smooth painted hubs, moved on to ridged painted hubs picking up the
colour of the lower bodywork and the last releases had either spun hubs
or plastic hubs. The colours are mostly cream upper decks over red or
green lower deck - but there are variations and advertising -
where there is any is generally for Dunlop Tyres.
There are about 40 variations listed in
Ramsay which cover none of the ones I had my hands on, which leads me to
believe that there are many more, especially when promotional models and
code 2s are taken into account. Most of them are sought after and
fairly well priced - but it is hard to pick one out that stands above