Dinky Toys 181/262; Volkswagen Beetle

Dinky Cars England

This is an odd one. When I saw it at a toy fair in Chester I absolutely had to have it. I was of course aware of this toy when I was a kid and never gave it a second thought in those days, it was dull, boring, out of date (small rear window) and didn't do anything. With the benefit of 60 years hindsight the fact that it is not a current model means nothing, but given the comparison to its contemporaries in my collection the modelling seems very basic.

Given all that its still a very attractive object, there's a few of these old Dinkys that have the same effect, simple even crude models that one just wants to handle. Gibberish I know.

Back to planet earth. The Great Book of Dinky has this one remaining in production until 1970. That is fourteen years since Corgi put windows in every model and the Beetle Corgi themselves had been making for six years had opening front and back, a fully detailed interior and working steering. Mind you it cost a little more than 3/9d.

The 181 VW Beetle was in the Dinky range in this form from 1956 to 1970, they are mostly in shades of light blue with one in lime green and another in light grey. Early cars have painted hubs, later ones have spun hubs, there are also many variations in box style and base plate. It has also appeared in the Atlas Editions Dinky series made by Norev.

The 262 car was an export model for the Swiss Post Office (PTT) which was produced using this casting from 1959 to 1966. These are seen with painted hubs, plastic hubs and spun hubs. It has also been reproduced by Norev for the Atlas Dinky range. From 1966 to 1976 the 262 car used the later casting from model 129.

Dinky Toys 181/262; Volkswagen Beetle; Blue Grey, Blue Hubs Dinky Toys 181/262; Volkswagen Beetle; Blue/Grey, Spun Hubs Atlas Dinky Toys 181/262; Volkswagen Beetle; Light Blue, Blue Hubs Atlas Dinky Toys 181/262; Volkswagen Beetle; Light Blue, Spun Hubs Dinky Toys 181/262; Volkswagen Beetle; Light Grey, Blue Hubs

Dinky Toys 181/262; Volkswagen Beetle; Blue Grey, Blue Hubs

Dinky Toys 181/262; Volkswagen Beetle; Blue/Grey, Spun Hubs Atlas Dinky Toys 181/262; Volkswagen Beetle; Light Blue, Blue Hubs Atlas Dinky Toys 181/262; Volkswagen Beetle; Light Blue, Spun Hubs Dinky Toys 181/262; Volkswagen Beetle; Light Grey, Blue Hubs
Dinky Toys 181/262; Volkswagen Beetle; Lime Green, Green Hubs Atlas Dinky Toys 262; Volkswagen Beetle; Swiss Post PTT      

Dinky Toys 181/262; Volkswagen Beetle; Lime Green, Green Hubs

Atlas Dinky Toys 262; Volkswagen Beetle; Swiss Post PTT

     

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