Dinky Toys 101/107; Sunbeam Alpine
I was surprised by this when it turned up in the post. I thought I'd been sent a Hillman Minx by mistake; just look at that grille. The Rapier had a central square-shaped grille flanked by two small horizontal grilles just above the bumper - only the very first ones looked like this. Good old Dinky. Never mind, it's a sharp model which captures the essence of the car. The Rapier was a fine sporting saloon and what a brilliant name - the 'Sunbeam Rapier'.
Do you remember when Dinky went mad on two-tone models? The boxes had a circle on the end which was split horizontally between the two colours? I can still see the shelf in the toyshop with a row of yellow boxes and these little circles to tell you the colour of the contents - there were some horrors though, these not being the happiest colourways, but it is a little less offensive than apple green and pink which was used on the Austin Devon and some others. The Great Book of Dinky refers to the colours used in some parts of the range as the 'gay' scheme and I still can't work out the context in which they are using the word...
The Dinky was made from 1958 to 1963. Colours are jade over blue and cream over orange, both have painted hubs on early releases and spun hubs on later cars.