Dinky Toys 40e/153; Standard Vanguard
Another of those irresistible organic motors from the early fifties, you just cannot help touching and stroking that smooth, rounded shape. The Vanguard though was quite a ground-breaking car on its launch in 1947 marking the return of the Standard brand after the second war.
Dinky cheated slightly with the model. The original Dinky was the Phase I model which had enclosed rear wheels, On the Phase II the rear wheels were opened up and that is represented in the later Dinky model. However there was more to the Phase II than wheel arches. The profile of the car changed and it was given a defined boot. Dinky chose to ignore this change. The Phase III Vanguard is represented by the Corgi model from the late fifties and involves a complete change of body shell.
The Vanguard had one more facelift after the Corgi version on the later body shape, which was styled very nicely by Vignale at the end of the Fifties, before disappearing for ever in 1963, replaced by the Triumph 2000.
The Dinky was first released with open rear wheel arches under number 40e in 1948, this car is fawn with either fawn or red hubs or cream with green hubs, although the cream/green version is vanishingly rare. In 1949 the second casting was introduced with closed wheel arches, these are fawn with fawn hubs, mid-blue/blue, maroon/maroon, maroon/fawn or dark blue fawn.
In 1954 the casting was changed again, still with closed arches, these are distinguished by having 'VANGUARD' cast into the underside of the roof. At this stage the number was changed to 153 and the car began to be sold individually boxed.
Dinky Toys 40e; Standard Vanguard; Mid Blue, Cream Hubs, Closed Arches
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