Dinky Toys Austin A40 Omnisport Van

Remember all the excitement and controversy stirred up when in 2009 a previously unrecorded Dinky Toys Austin A40 van, finished in pale blue and liveried for Omnisport, sold for £6,400 at a Wallis & Wallis auction? Even after the sale, the debate raged on as to whether the model was in fact authentic. Now, however, another example has surfaced – and this time there’s provenanceDinky Toys Austin A40 Omnisport VanDinky Toys Austin A40 Omnisport Van!

In playworn condition (unlike the 2009 which was virtually mint), the model has been owned since new by a Liverpool resident. In his childhood, both his aunts, one of whom is still alive, worked in the Binns Road factory that produced Dinky Toys and they would regularly give him toys like this as birthday and Christmas presents.

 

This particular toy may well now see all his birthdays and Christmases coming at once, as it’s about to under the hammer at Adam Partridge Auctioneers on November 6 (shortly after our new issue goes to press) with a catalogue estimate of £2,300-£3,000!

The owner of the auction house, Adam Partridge, tells us: “It never ceases to amaze me how gems such as this continue to surface and it just goes to show that such a seemingly insignificant toy can in fact prove to be a very valuable and important collector’s item. We are very excited to be able to offer such a rarity in our next auction”.

Ladies who worked at the Binns Road Dinky Toys plantThanks to the very helpful Toy Specialist Alan Coclough at Adam Partridge Auctioneers, we now hope to bring you an interview with the vendor, once he's had the chance to speak with his surviving aunt, who is seen here to the left, with other Binns Road workers, in a photo taken in the pub on the day the factory finally closed its doors in Nov '79. Would love to have bought these ladies a drink and joined the conversation!

Lindsey