The Fourgonnettes worth a small fortune!
Would you be able to spot an ultra rare version of Dinky Toys Citroën 2CV Van? Jacques Dujardin takes us through the various deliveries, how to identify them and the now really sought after and valuable ones to watch for out for…
Launched in 1951, Citroën’s cheap and easy to maintain 2CV van quickly became
a very common sight throughout France.
Launched in March 1951 and made until late 1977, the Citroën 2CV Van Type AZU proved an extremely popular vehicle, being cheap and easy to maintain. Consequently, it became a commonly seen vehicle just about everywhere you went in France. During its first years of production, though, the Citroën factory churned this ubiquitous little van out in just one colour: metallic grey.
Amazingly, this wasn’t the colour finish Dinky Toys chose to release its contemporary models in. Instead they were delivered to the toy shops in a choice of Fire Engine red or Post Office yellow.
While only two different 2CV vans can be found in the Dinky Toys’ catalogues, there are in fact eight main variations to look out for…
Dinky Toys’ No. 25D Citroën 2CV ‘Incendie’ Van. This version (top) features the early ridged hubs; later versions (bottom) would be fitted with concave ones. Images courtesy of Vectis Auctions.
No. 25D/560 Fourgonnette 2CV Incendie (1958-1963)
This was the first 2CV van issued by Dinky, debuting in the 1958 catalogue (illustrated at that point without the Paris Fire Brigade logo applied to its front doors) and continuing in production through to its last catalogue appearance in 1963, when it was replaced by the Post Office liveried version. It is, therefore, the most commonly found of the Dinky Toys 2CV vans today.
Fitted to the one-piece body casting is an opening rear door. Indicating the use of a multi-cavities die, the numbers 1 or 2 can be found cast into the rear of this onepiece door. Embossed on the model’s tinplate baseplate is the wording "Dinky Toys - CITROËN 2CV - MADE IN FRANCE - MECCANO - 25 D".
The early hubs were of the ridged type and painted red – or sometimes, albeit rarely, maroon. In 1960, these hubs were replaced by concave ones, also painted red. The tyres fitted, however, remained the black and smooth type throughout the model’s production life.
As far as I am aware, the model also always came packed in a yellow box marked 25D, as after the 1959 renumbering there don’t appear to have been any boxes printed to reflect the new reference number of 562.
Dinky Toys’ 2CV Van measures in at 85.7 mm long, so calculations taken from the 1:1 vehicle reveal it was modelled to the scale of 1:42.
Read the full article in Model Collector June 2017
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