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Dinky Toys Trojan 15cwt Van Esso - 31a/450


Trojan Van - typical of those wonderful solid, rounded fifties Dinkys. I've only in later life fully appreciated these items, I used only to value the technical excellence of the core period Corgis, now I can see just how brilliant these solid, organic shapes really are.

The Trojan 15cwt Van casting was issued over a number of years in a range of liveries and under a lot of different model numbers. It was first used in 1951 on the red 31a Esso van, followed in 1952 by the red 31b Dunlop van. In 1953 the green Chivers van (31c) and the blue OXO van (31d) were released. In 1954 the numbering system was changed. The Esso van switched from 31a to 450 and ran through to 1957, the Dunlop van became 451 running to 1957 also as did the Chivers van. The OXO van was renumbered 453 and was deleted in 1954.

There were two more releases; the light green Cydrax van that ran from 1957 to 1959 and the Brooke Bond Tea van which was released in 1957 and was deleted in 1960. So over a period of eight years we have six different liveries and ten different model numbers. Look out for any of the OXO vans and a special promotional Brooke Bond Tea van which is the most prized of them all.

 
   

Red, red hubs; Esso, (450)

 

Red, maroon hubs; Esso, (31a)

 
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