Dinky Toys 168/270; Ford Escort Saloon Mk1
This is a transition product. Dinky had moved from the basic no windows hulks of the 50s, through the lightweight tin-bottomed models from the early sixties and this was Dinky going for the opening-everything Corgi-style car. However they didn't quite make it. The engineering wasn't there nor was the modelling. This was a very attractive car at first sight - but look at the detail - especially inside and compare it with the Corgis of the same period where every dial on the dashboard was detailed - even the structure of how the centre console fitted into the dash. (Mini Marcos, Lancia Zagato). The dashboard on this is just a blank - the Speedwheels are wrong too. The first cars had cast wheels taken from Spot-On which had by this time been absorbed into Meccano, the parent company for Dinky Toys. In 1972 the wheels were changed to Speedwheels.
The civilian model of the Escort was released with the real car in 1968 and remained in the range until 1976, early releases have cast wheels and later cars have Speedwheels. Colours are light blue, metallic blue, metallic red and white. White, red metallic and light blue cars have the cast wheels and are valued a little higher than metallic blue, which have Speedwheels.
The Dinky Police Panda Car (270) was released in 1969 and remained in the range until 1977. The only two variations are cast wheels or Speedwheels and the cast wheels ones are slightly more sought after than the Speedwheels version.
Dinky Toys 168; Ford Escort Saloon Mk1; Blue Metallic, Speedwheels
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