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Austin Champ - 674

 

This Dinky is very familiar to blokes of my age it was a very common in late fifties and early sixties toyboxes. It's also a good size to slip into your shorts pocket to take to school. The holes in the seats by the way do not mean that the men are necessarily missing from the seats, the toy as it is didn't always come with any, they were a separate item you had to buy. As a car the Austin Champ never fulfilled its potential. It was made as a light car for the military but because it was complex and very costly (it had a Rolls-Royce engine) it was soon pushed out by the Land-Rover.

The Austin Champ (674) was produced from 1954 to 1971. Pre 1966 there was a fixed in driver and a metal steering wheel, and later a plastic steering wheel and no driver. After 1966 the driver was put back, but plastic rather than metal and the wheel hubs and steering wheel were also replaced with plastic. From 1958 to 1970 you could also get a UN version in white.

Earlier versions tend to be slightly more sought after than later ones in the green drab, but the white UN versions are well worth seeking out.

Early release with metal hubs & steering wheel, driver lost
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