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Dinky Toys - 1948-49 Hudson Commodore sedan (#171, originally #139B)
This diecast Dinky was produced by Meccano Ltd. (Liverpool, UK) between 1950 and 1958. The Hudson was originally numbered Dinky #139B (another American-style car, the Ford Fordor sedan, was #139A); the number of the Hudson was changed to #171 in 1953-54. Although there is no number stamped on the baseplate of the car shown in this photo, its garish colors give it away as a #171, produced after the numbering change.
For the first 6 years of the production run for this toy, the roof was one color and the remainder of the car was a second color. Most commonly among models I've seen, the body was cream-colored with a maroon roof, although there were also blue cars with tan or grey roofs. But beginning in 1956 and continuing until production of this model stopped in 1958, Meccano went to the more unusual two-tone pattern on the car shown here, with the roof color extending onto the front hood and rear trunk lid. In addition to the red-and-light-blue color combination shown here, there was also a version having a blue top and lids with gray sides. So the distinctive two-tone coloring of this car reveals that it was produced between 1956 and 1958.
Hudson Motor Car Company manufactured Commodores between 1941 and 1952 (except during WWII) as the company's largest and most luxurious model. During this period, the car went through three basic designs (three "generations"), with the toy shown in this photo representing the third generation (manufactured between 1948 and 1952). Based upon the configuration of the front grille, it is likely that this toy is based upon the 1948-49 models of the Commodore, consistent with the fact that Meccano introduced the toy in 1950. (Hudson made subtle changes in the grille in 1950, and further changes for 1951-52.)
The Commodore -- available as a 2-door hardtop or convertible as well as the 4-door sedan -- came equipped with either a 3.3L / 102hp inline-six or a 4.2L / 128hp inline-eight-cylinder engine.
In 1954 -- 2 years after production of the Commodore ceased -- Hudson merged with Nash to form American Motors Corp., in order to better compete with the "Big 3" (GM, Ford, and Chrysler). The Hudson marque was last used by AMC (on a line of Hudson Hornets) in 1957.
Dinky Toys - 1947-51 Standard Vanguard Saloon (#040E, later #153)
The Standard Vanguard Dinky Toy was produced by Meccano Ltd. (Liverpool, UK) between 1948 and 1960. For the first two years of this production run (1948-50), this diecast car was cast with the open rear wheel arches (fender wells) seen in the model here, exposing all of the rear tire. Over the subsequent 10 years (1950-60), the rear fender wells were enclosed (so that only the bottoms of the rear tires were visible). Since the toy pictured here has the open rear wheel arches, it was clearly produced between 1948 and 1950.
The "40" series of Dinkys -- ultimately consisting of eight British saloon (sedan) cars -- was the first completely new series introduced by Meccano after production resumed following the end of WWII. The Standard Vanguard toy (originally numbered #40E) was the third to be released in this series, and was re-numbered as #153 in 1954. Since the model pictured here was produced in 1950 or earlier, it predates the number change and is technically #40E.
The Vanguard was a line of cars produced by the Standard Motor Company of the UK. It was the first new car line introduced by Standard following the end of WWII. The Vanguard line was manufactured between 1947 and 1963, going through five generations during this 16-year production run. The diecast model shown in this photo represents the first generation of the Vanguard, referred to as the "Phase I", produced between 1947 and 1953.
During the last two years of Phase I production (1952-53), some modest modifications were made to the body design, including revisions to the appearance of the front grille. (Vanguards produced during 1952-53 are referred to as "Phase IA".) The toy shown here has the earlier (pre-1952) grille, and thus represents Vanguards manufactured between 1947 and 1951.
Phase I Vanguards had a 2.1L 4-cylinder inline engine capable of accelerating the car to a top speed of almost 80 mph. In addition to this saloon (sedan) body style, the Phase I was also produced as an estate wagon (station wagon) and, in Australia, as a utility vehicle.
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