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Dinky Index 

French 1:43

1960 Square Bird #555
1969 Oval Bird #1419

South Africa 1:43

1960 Square Bird #555

Hong Kong 1:42

1965 Square Bird #57/005

Hong Kong 1:60

1956 Classic Bird #129
KiDCO

Hong Kong 1:60

1956 Classic Bird #151
Matchbox

Dinky Collection 1:43

1955 Classic Bird
1956 Classic Bird

Dinky made in South Africa

 
 in 1966 Dinky Toys South Africa imported the parts stock from the French Factory which was about to be closed, by importing the parts and then assembling and painting in South Africa they avoided the "luxury import" tax.

5 Colours known

  • Metallic Silver Blue

  • Metallic Dark Blue

  • Cornflower Blue

  • Cream

  • Red

All have Red Interiors

 Years of rumours and guessing at prices were answered when the huge John Kennerley Dinky Collection was displayed at the Beaulieu National Motor Museum throughout 2001 and was then auctioned by  Vectis in 2002.  The Collection fetched in  excess of 250,000 ($375,000) in 2 days but has had a negative effect on rarity values and started the current slump in prices generally.

These are NOT part of my Collection

This text colour is the Vectis description
This colour is my comments !

Don't forget the prices below do NOT include the "buyers premium" (15%) or tax or shipping

  

May 8 2002 - Lot 590 - Price Realised: 520 ($725 )

No.555 Ford Thunderbird -
 South African issue -
 metallic silver blue,
 red interior,
driver,
spun hubs - 
Good Plus (windscreen badly cracked) - 
Good correct issue dual language box 
(2 inner end flaps tape repaired)..

 

May 8 2002 - Lot 591 - Price Realised: 1,100 ($1540  )

No.555 Ford Thunderbird -
South African issue -
pillar box red,
red interior,
driver,
spun hubs -
Excellent apart from stress fractures to windscreen -
Good correct issue dual language box
(tear to 1 inner end flap)..

 

June 6 2002 - Lot 1685 - Price Realised: 400 ($560 )

No.555 Ford Thunderbird
South African French Dinky  - 
dark metallic blue,
red interior,
spun hubs
(damage to side screen & steering wheel) -
Good Plus..

Black tyres ??

 

June 6 2002 - Lot 1687 - Price Realised: 660 ( $924 )

No.555 Ford Thunderbird
South African French Dinky -
 cornflower blue,
red interior,
spun hubs,
white tyres -
Excellent..

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The photo shouts "Repaint" to me,
Hopefully the buyer inspected the real thing before he bid !


The prices realised triggered some collectors to cash in, this model appeared 6 months later

January 22nd, 2003  - Lot 400 - Price Realised: 280   ( $424 )

No.555 Ford Thunderbird
metallic blue, red interior, Driver, white tyres (slight corrosion to hubs and damage to windscreen) Good Plus including 

South African French Dinky -
 metallic blue,
red interior,
spun hubs slightly corroded,
windscreen damaged
Good Plus 
Box (slight marks to end flap).

28 May, 2006