Part 1 of an historic Italian Dinky Toys sale not to be missed!

Part 1 of a very exciting C&T Auctions two-part sale for Dinky Toys collectors is to come under the hammer on September 19 at the Spa Hotel in Royal Tunbridge Wells.

The collection, consisting of nearly 2,500 pieces (mostly from the mid-1950s through to the late 1970s and including both French and English Dinky toys) was accumulated by the Parodi family. Aficionados will be aware the Parodi name is synonymous with both Dinky Toys and Italy: the family being the sole importers of Meccano and Dinky products into Italy from 1916 right through until the closure of the Binns Road factory in Liverpool in 1978.

It was back in 1915 that Alfredo Parodi, who ran an importing business in Genoa, was first shown a Meccano set by one of his clients. Now, Signor Parodi was clearly a very astute businessman and knew a good thing when he saw it, so he lost no time in contacting Frank Hornby directly. As a consequence, Meccano’s founder visited the Parodis in Italy, together with his wife, and a lifelong working relationship began.

The Parodi business was handed down through the family line, continuing after WWII with Alfredo’s son Edilio at the helm. He was joined by his two sons, Giambi and Arturo, in the 1970s. Arturo, in particular, developed a great passion for Dinky Toys and it was he who started to form the collection that C&T Auctions is now proud to be offering in the two dedicated sales scheduled.

The collection includes cars, commercials, military emergency, film and TV, and public service vehicle models, with many examples being in excellent to mint condition – so here’s just a little apertivo!

For further details please contact either Glen Chapman or Leigh Gotch by calling 01233 510050, emailing or visiting

Not an easy model to find, this French Dinky No. 570 ‘Allo Fret’ Peugeot J7 Van will be offered in almost factory fresh condition and carries an £80-£120 estimate.

When the Dutch Automobile Association, Wegenwacht, replaced its motorcycle-with-sidecar patrols with small 2CV vans, Dinky Toys France produced a special series. This scarce 2CV from the Parodi Collection carries a £400-£600 catalogue estimate.

The C&T catalogue estimate allocated to this Dinky Toys No. 151 Victor Vauxhall, which comes complete with this scarce and beautifully illustrated box, is £100-£150.

It’s easy to see how Dinky Toys’ No. 125 Fun Ahoy Set would have appealed to the Italian market. This pristine example from the Parodi Collection, due to come under the hammer in Part I of the sale this September, carries a catalogue estimate of £150-£250.

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