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This model is the Dinky 40b-G-1a Triumph 1800 Saloon in black. This is a very rare item, issued circa 1948/49.
Chris Warr (UK) advises "The black Triumph was produced in a relatively small quantity (no one knows exactly how many) at the very start of the run. Dinky had a close relationship with Triumph, as shown with the later Herald special colour issues. It is only a rumour, as so many years have gone by now, but the Black 40b was supposed to have been a run of samples bought by Triumph so that dealers could give one away when a real Triumph 1800 was purchased. A few were made, but the scheme never took off. A mint unboxed (these only came in trade boxes) Black 40b went for £5000.00 in 1991/2."
A "Dinky black 40b Triumph 1800 Saloon Factory Paint Colour Sample" was sold by Christies in its Sale 9223 (THE REMY-MEEUS COLLECTION OF DINKY TOY CARS) on 24 September 2001. The price realised was £564. In the same auction a second lot listed only as "A Dinky black 40b Triumph 1800 Saloon" realised £564 also.
This model features a single piece cast body with separate cast headlights (often missing from the models after all these years). The body casting has two internal rear pillars that hold the axles in place (a feature of the 1948-49 casting - all later issues did not have the cast pillars). The entire body is painted black with the grille and headlight lenses picked out in silver. The wheel hubs are of the cast ridged variety and also painted black. There is no interior or glazing.
The baseplate is lacquered tinplate metal with a blackish tinge. It is marked with "Dinky Toys" at the top centre, "Triumph" in the middle centre, "Meccano Ltd" at the bottom centre, and "Made in England" on three lines over the rear axle.
All wheels are black rubber tyres on black cast hubs fitted to steel domed, rounded axles.
This model was issued between 1948 and 1949.