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Essex Models and Miniatures archive
This is a make of toy I had never heard of before buying this one and is made in the Czech Republic.
These are scaled at 1:43 and is actually a very nice example.
This ambulance is numbered 0613.
A second model I have is 0611 T2 pick-up.
As can be seen from the picture below there are a few to collect.
The real vehicle
The Volkswagen Type 2, known officially (depending on body type) as the Transporter, Kombi or Microbus, or, informally, as the Bus (US) or Camper (UK), is a cabover panel van introduced in 1950 by the German automaker Volkswagen as its second car model. Following – and initially deriving from Volkswagen’s first model, the Type 1 (Beetle) – it was given the factory designation Type 2.
Real vehicle text and picture from Wikipedia
For more information on the T2 Click Here
This is a maker I have never heard of before but created a set of diecast cars and vans for the British TV series Dempsey and Makepeace, one of them was this Mercedes van.
Dempsey & Makepeace (1984–86) Is a British television crime drama made by London Weekend Television for ITV.
The base of the Mercedes van is dated 1984. and also has the letters ‘LWT’ (London Weekend Television) the set contained Mercedes 307D van, Mercedes 500SL, Ford Granada 2.8GL MK2 and Ford Escort Cabriolet 1.6i. All toys were made in Macau.
Now I didn’t know any of this when I bought the van, I just like vans and trucks, so this was bought as a restoration project, as it was tatty and cheap, , it may now remain as it is until I find a better version.
The real vans
A still from the actual TV series with the van in shot.
The TN/T1 van model series included 207 D, 208, 307 D and 308. They debuted in April 1977. The original line was composed of two engines and four weight classes.
The TN/T1 was a durable vehicle, available as a minibus or fitted with a cargo box body or flat cargo bed. A double cab version was offered in the latter two configurations. Three wheel bases were available, with gross weight ratings ranging from 2.55 to 4.6 tonnes. Mercedes-Benz-built gasoline or diesel engines were available as powerplant options for the rear-wheel drive chassis. The best known 4×4 Versions of the Mercedes TN/T1 were made by Iglhaut by adjusting parts of the G-Wagen to the TN/T1-chassis. The TN/T1 van was also used as a campervan conversion, being much larger than the Volkswagen Transporter. Its closest European competitors were the Volkswagen LT and the Ford Transit. In 1995, after 18 years of production, the TN/T1 van series was discontinued, succeeded by the T1N “Sprinter”.
Real van Text from Wikipedia
Today, my second sample of the new Atlas Editions, Dinky range has arrived, number 482, Bedford 12cwt van.
Again as with the Mini Traveller, the quality is amazing and attention to detail spot on.
This is one series I will continue to collect as to me, these represent the best of British Dinky diecast.
The more common liveries done by Dinky was ‘Kodak’ also yellow and ‘Ovaltine’ in blue, the Atlas colour scheme and livery of ‘Dinky Toys’ was also done, haven’t seen many but the picture I found below of an original Dinky van with box was up for sale at £120.00 and have seen them listed in mint condition with box for over £200.00.
For more on this collection , see the Atlas Editions website below.
The Brooke Bond tea van first made an appearance as a Trojan van by Dinky as well as in the Matchbox 1-76 range.
This is a fantastic example of the Brooke Bond tea van made by Matchbox International in 1990 under the Dinky brand name .
Based on the Austin A40 10cwt van and numbered DY15
This was made in China but very nicely made.
The real van
A number of different cars were marketed under the Austin A40 name by the Austin Motor Company between 1947 and 1967.
Austin’s naming scheme at that time derived from the approximate engine output, in horsepower.
Therefore, the models were also given names, originally based on counties of England.