Land Rover Series 1 80in

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Would you believe that Dinky kept this 1948 model Land Rover in the range until 1971? It is actually a very good model of the 80" Land Rover from the days when the lights were behind the grille and it had a 1600cc car engine. By 1971 the Land Rover had been through about three versions of the Series 1, then in 1958 the Series 2 came along followed by the Series 2a in 1960 and the 2a had been superseded by the Series 3 by the time this toy was withdrawn.

Look at the detail of the rear end - the PTO pulley, the horizontal draw-bar - the whole of the back is beautifully modelled. Another detail I like is the aluminium paint under the radiator grille. It looks like poor masking when the bumper was sprayed - but in actual fact the very early Land Rovers upon this was one was modelled had a galvanised chassis - correctly represented by this panel being painted silver. These are hard to find in good condition and always fetch high prices.

Production began in 1950 under model number 27d. These early ones are mostly orange or green  with variations in interior and wheel colour. In 1954 the number was changed to 340 and they were sold individually boxed, previously they had been sold from trade packs of 4 pieces. Plastic hubs replaced painted cast nubs in the early 1960s and in 1966 the driver was changed from a brown coloured cast metal morph into a detailed plastic figure in blue overalls. production continued with variations in body, interior and plastic wheel colours until 1971. These later versions tend to get better prices because they were selling in smaller numbers by then.

In the autumn of 2020 I acquired some funky code 3 repaints which I have included here just because I like them.

Dinky Toys 340; Land Rover Series 1 80in; Green Dinky Toys 27d; Land Rover Series 1 80in; Orange, Dark Blue Interior, Red Painted Hubs, Tan Cast Driver Dinky Toys 27d; Land Rover Series 1 80in; Orange, Dark Green Interior, Red Painted Hubs, Tan Cast Driver Dinky Toys 340; Land Rover Series 1 80in; Orange, Dark Green Interior, Red Painted Hubs, Tan Cast Driver Dinky Toys 340; Land Rover Series 1 80in; Orange, Green Interior, Green Plastic Hubs

Dinky Toys 340; Land Rover Series 1 80in; Green, Tan Interior, Green Painted Hubs, Tan Cast Driver

Dinky Toys 27d; Land Rover Series 1 80in; Orange, Dark Blue Interior, Red Painted Hubs, Tan Cast Driver Dinky Toys 27d; Land Rover Series 1 80in; Orange, Dark Green Interior, Red Painted Hubs, Tan Cast Driver Dinky Toys 340; Land Rover Series 1 80in; Orange, Dark Green Interior, Red Painted Hubs, Tan Cast Driver Dinky Toys 340; Land Rover Series 1 80in; Orange, Green Interior, Green Plastic Hubs

Code 3 Versions

Dinky Toys 340; Land Rover Series 1 80in; & Trailer; Extra Figures & Detail Dinky Toys 340; Land Rover Series 1 80in; Beige, Red Wheels Dinky Toys 340; Land Rover Series 1 80in; Bronze Green, Limestone Wheels Dinky Toys 340; Land Rover Series 1 80in; Green
 

Dinky Toys 340; Land Rover Series 1 80in; & Trailer; Extra Figures & Detail

Dinky Toys 340; Land Rover Series 1 80in; Beige, Red Wheels

Dinky Toys 340; Land Rover Series 1 80in; Bronze Green, Limestone Wheels

Dinky Toys 340; Land Rover Series 1 80in; Green


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