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Commer Breakdown Lorry - 430/25x

 

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Another really, really OLD Dinky. This example has been around since at least 1954 - I think it is post re-numbering, but actually I can't tell as this version was made under both model numbers. For all that Corgi toys are splendidly engineered and carefully made and that this old fellow is a bit crude here and there - it takes a model like this to drive home just how good the Dinkys were. This is just a nice thing to be around. Form, function, style and design just come together to make a comfortable thing. Gibberish I know, but this is a very nice object to own.

Having a very long production run from 1949 to 1964 this wrecker appears in 9 versions which I can find. From 1949 to 1954 it was numbered 25x and was sold from trade boxes of six items or orange card individual boxes. These early trucks are tan/green, dark grey/violet or dark grey/blue. All have red painted hubs. In 1954 it was renumbered 430 and colours are tan/green, cream/blue, dark stone/blue and red/grey. The later red/grey versions are sometimes found with windows and either red or blue plastic hubs.

Some of these are really quite highly priced, in fact all of them are sought after. The early 25x models and the 430 in tan/green are most commonly found and a priced t the lower end. Boxed examples of any of the others are sought after and expensive. Top value is red/grey with windows and blue plastic hubs.

Tan cab, green back body, red hubs, black lettering (430)

 

Dark grey cab, royal blue back body, red painted hubs, white lettering (25x)

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Dark grey cab, royal blue back body, red painted hubs, white lettering (25x)

   
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