Dinky Toys; Renault Dauphine
The Dauphine's legacy is largely dominated by its infamously poor performance and bad handling, as well as its poor reliability: in many markets (particularly the United States and the United Kingdom) the car became notorious for mechanical problems. In 2002, the auto enthusiasts' radio show Car Talk named the Dauphine the 9th Worst Car Of The Millennium, calling it "truly unencumbered by the engineering process". In 2007, Time named it one of the 50 worst cars of all time, calling it "the most ineffective bit of French engineering since the Maginot Line" and noting that it could actually be heard rusting. A friend once told me his childhood memories of family holidays were of him and his brother pushing the family Dauphine along Blackpool prom while his father tried to bump-start it. Not a classic then.
The car was in both the English and French Dinky toys range.
The English version (268) was of a London minicab covered in adverts. It was made 1962 to 1967.
French Dinky made the car from 1957 to 1961 (with a change of number from 24E to 524 in 1959) in a wide range of colours
Both the English and French versions have been re-released as part of the Atlas Dinky range produced by Norev.