Dibro REF-705 4 Door Sedan Car - POLICE

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This model is the Dibro REF-705 4 Door Sedan Car in Blue Police livery. The item is tinplate and with friction drive.

The model has a one-piece, pressed metal body, 130mm in length. It has been shaped with rudimentary representations of the body lines. There is no glazing - all the features are lithographed onto the body. At the front are representations of the windows, head lights, emergency lights and grille, and printed numberplate – dark grey lettering on a black background [REF 705]. The bonnet carries a lithographed bonnet emblem, 7 stars, air louvres and windscreen wipers. The aerial is missing from the right hand side of the bonnet, next to the windows. To the sides there are outlines of the doors with door handles, outlines of the wheel arch covers, and the body trim. The front doors have been lithographed with a gold eagle on a red background above which appears the word "POLICE" in red and below which are 7 red stars, all this on a white background. In each of the windows, front, rear and side, there are profiles of the driver and three passengers. The roof is also blue with a yellow and dark grey, outlined panel with red "POLICE" lettering and there is evidence that at some time a red plastic roof board was present, probably with the word Police on it, similar to the Dibro Fire Chief car which carries REF D705F as its numberplate. It also carries lithographed searchlights and sirens. The rear carries a lithographed "STOP" sign, red text on a yellow background and below the boot is a black numberplate with dark grey lettering reading "REF 705".

Only three of the original four wheels are present. The front wheels are red plastic with a black rubber ring on the contact surface. The rear black plastic/rubber wheels were attached to a steel axle that runs through a friction drive motor. Only one of the rear wheels is still present and the friction drive no longer works.

The baseplate is a single piece, shaped, pressed tin unit. It has been press fitted to the body and the edges rolled to hold it over the edges of the body. It appears to be unplated or painted. The manufacturer's mark appear on the rear of the baseplate and reads "Dibro England" on two lines.

I do not know exactly when this item was issued but believe it to be between 1945 and 1953.

Item: 2848