This is one of the most iconic die-casts from
the 60s. The Lady Penelope Rolls-Royce is Dinky's equivalent of the
Corgi James Bond car or Batmobile.
The car is lipstick pink (sometimes florescent - worth more) and
fires missiles fore and aft. The front rocket fires when the radiator is
tilted forward and the four harpoons at the back fire from where the
tail lights should be. Inside we have a nicely detailed Lady P in the
back with Parker at the controls.
In terms of rarity and value the florescent
pink cars are the most sought after. Of the lipstick pink cars look for
the pictorial box which is valued more highly than the bubble pack box.
Early releases have pink stripes on the perspex roof although this does
not seem to affect value.
In the original Supermarionation TV series
Thunderbirds (1965-1966), as well as the films Thunderbirds Are GO
(1966) and Thunderbird 6 (1967), FAB1 is a modified Rolls-Royce. Owned
by Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward, the car is usually driven by her
chauffeur Parker. The driver sits in a central position at the front of
the passenger compartment, which is covered by a bulletproof bubble
canopy. The car has been modified by Brains, inventor of the
Thunderbirds machines, with gadgets and gizmos, including heavy
artillery concealed behind the radiator grille and front and rear
headlights, though in 'Perils of Penelope' grappling hooks are shot out
of the rear headlight space. It is also equipped with smokescreen- and
oil-dispensors, extendable tyre-studs for increased traction, and
hydrofoils or outriggers for travel on water or snow respectively.
Rolls-Royce supplied a radiator grille complete with Spirit of Ecstasy
for close-up shots of the car.