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Guy Flat Truck with Tailboard - 433/513/913

 

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You can feel the appeal of these old Dinky trucks as soon as you pick one up. There is a solidity and a quality to them.

Dinky introduced the Guy Otter flatbed with tailboard in 1947 as number 513 and produced it on that model number up to 1954, in the last year of production the cab casting was revised. It was renumbered in 1954 with the revised cab to 913 and renumbered again in 1956 to 433. It remained in the range until 1957. The casting change to the cab is under the radiator, the tab which holds on the baseplate comes through the numberplate and the casting it locates to was initially rectangular. In the later casting this is strengthened with triangular buttresses either side.

I have identified 17 variations of colour & casting, there are probably more. values vary between about 200 and 950 so it is essential you consult a good price guide before committing a lot of money on one of these. Its hard to generalise but yellow cabs and grey cabs tend to be the higher value trucks, but this is not universal by any means.

The example below has the first type cab so has to be number 513, Ramsay describes this colour combination under 513 produced from 1952 to 1954, however Ramsay says the hooks are unpainted up to the final run in 1956/7 at which time it was painted. This one has a painted hook, but the cab casting puts it firmly at the earlier date.

The other feature worth mentioning is the spare wheel which is attached via a countersunk machine screw and nut. At first I thought this was a modification by a previous owner, but the truck bed was painted after the hole was drilled, and I've seen the same feature on some other (but not all) examples so it is correct. What I don't know is whether this is a pointer to which of the three model numbers for this truck is the right one.

Dark green cab, dark green chassis, dark green wings, mid green flatbed, mid green hubs, large hook, grooved hubs, 1st type cab (513)

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