John Gay Bedford CF Van - Calberson

Item 3847 


This model is the Dinky 410-H-x Bedford CF Van in yellow and black "Calberson" livery. It comes with its John Gay/Dinky 410 Yellow card box. I have now been fortunate enough to obtain a copy of "The Great Book of Dinky Toys" by Mike & Sue Richardson which has a list of items on page 273 that were issued by John Gay. This model is included on that list but since the list is alphabetical, a full code cannot be assigned to the model as it is not known in which order the models were actually issued.

This model has no working parts. At the front the headlights, grille, bumper, number plate [cast lettering in silver: AM27K] have been painted silver. Each side carries a large water-slide decal on the rear sides, "Calberson" (with logo) in yellow lettering on the top line, and "183 Ave de Clichy Paris 1.7e Mar. 76 - 06" in white lettering on a red background on the second line, all on a black background, a smaller black Calberson logo on yellow background on the side doors, and another yellow Calberson (with logo) on a black background on the rear doors below the windows. The rear lights, bumpers and number plate are cast into the body casting but are not highlighted by any alternate colour. The rear doors (cast, non-opening) still carry a cast "Bedford" badge, obscured by the rear decal. The roof is a "Type S" - ribbed roof with square in the middle.

The interior is white plastic and the glazing is clear with moulded wipers and interior rear view mirror at the front and a line down each side door window. There is no glazing in the rear doors.

All wheels are of the "speed wheel" type - hollow one piece plastic with a "black" 8 spoke center "hub".

The base plate is chrome plated tin plate and is marked with Dinky Toys on two lines at the centre top, "Bedford Van" in the centre middle and Made in England at the centre bottom. It is held in place with two machined rivets.

This model is thought to have been issued circa 2006 due to the "06" on the decal.

Item: 3847