|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.