Pictured is a very rare 1st type Dinky Toys 28b Delivery Van in blue Pickords livery which recently sold for £1800. This is the 1st type version cast in lead (and prone to fatigue) and is easily identified by its two piece casting.
Three casting variations of the 28 & 280 Series Delivery Vans exist, explained as follows:
1933-35 (1st Type) – two piece lead cast model; either HORNBY SERIES or DINKY TOYS cast inside the cab roof, square diamond pattern tin plate radiator, brightly plated or coloured solid metal wheels. Measures 84mm
1935-39 (2nd Type) – one piece diecast model, vertical ridge shield shape radiator, smooth wheel hubs usually with white tyres, In general all 2nd type models show advertising. Measures 81mm
1939-41 (3rd type) – one piece diecast model, impressed squares within radiator, open rear windows, smooth wheel hubs usually with black tyres. In general all 3rd type versions show advertising. Measures 83mm
1947-54 (3rd type) – slight variation from above, the same one piece diecast model, impressed squares within radiator but with closed rear windows, ridged black wheel hubs with black tyres. No advertising. Measures 83mm
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