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DINKY 586 Citroen P55 Camion Laitier
French Dinky’s Citroen P55 Camion Laitier, produced from 1961 to 1965, is the last in the line of highly collectable milk trucks which started with No. 25-O Studebaker in 1949, followed by a French Ford from 1950-55.
Where these models carry churns, the Citroen has crated bottles.
You get a magnificent 1:43 scale commercial that epitomises the best of French Dinky output. Admittedly, the cab has no interior and the tin baseplate beneath the cab is atavistic. But the model is blessed with a finely made suspension system; the cast pieces are detailed and crisp and even the accessories are well made. These consist of 30 grey plastic crates, each containing a representation of ten milk bottles. The blue wings, wheel hubs and grille surround are a perfect complement to the white cab and body.
There are no recorded variations.
How was it packaged?
Originally, clear, thin plastic bands were fixed to the body underside and stretched over the crates to hold them securely. The model is always packed in an illustrated all-card lift-off box.
Why should I get one?
From an investment point of view, this is a prime piece. It was a relatively late production model and released for a comparatively short time. It has a wide appeal to UK and continental collectors alike. On its own merits, its a wonderful display piece and at such a big scale, has real ‘presence’.
The yellow and blue box is prone to fading and scuffing. The white paint on the model is easily chipped and in fact, it may be very difficult to find an example without some blemishes. The example shown here has small chips to the rear wheel arches, which suggests some damage was caused even at the time of assembly. The clear bands are a double edged sword. Presuming they’re still fixed to the back, they are bound to have discoloured (see photos) and may cause discolouration to the bodywork where they’re stuck down. Removing them may be your preferred choice.
Prices have risen dramatically over the last ten years. Few come on to the market and where £200 was good in 2001, expect to pay at least £350 and very possibly £500+ for a fine, boxed and complete specimen today.
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