Matchbox Dinky DY02 - Chevrolet Bel Air (1957)

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1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Sedan - front leftThis model is the Matchbox-Dinky DY-2A Chevrolet Bel Air (1957) in red. The first issue (A1) is in a lighter red than the second issue (A2). There are also differences in the text on the packaging. The model is based on the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Sedan (2 door).

There are no opening parts on the model. All features are either cast into the metal or comprise separate parts which are attached during the finishing of the model.

At the front, the hood emblems, front lights and front bumper (including the number-plate [RSA 174] are chromed plastic. The headlights are clear plastic lenses set into chromed plastic surrounds and the lower indicator(?) lights are formed as part of the bumper molding which is incorporated into the front grille molding. Above the grille is a tampo printed "Chevrolet". The windscreen wipers are cast as part of the windscreen surround (chrome).

The roof is painted Cream and on both sides are chromed body trim panels in the classic style, flaring as it passes over the rear tail fins. The door handles are simply cast into the body and are painted red.

To the rear, the rear lights are represented by cast areas either side of the number-plate below which the rear bumper is a simple chromed plastic molding. The boot is also adorned with the "Chevrolet" tampo print.

The interior is red plastic with a red plastic steering wheel set into the chromed dashboard panel. All glazing is clear.

All wheels appear to be one piece, chromed plastic hubs in the fashion of the hub-capped wheel of the era with separate black and whitewall "rubber" tyres.

The base plate is grey painted metal with the Matchbox logo and ©1988 on the first line, "Matchbox INT'L LTD" on the second line at the top centre. "Made in Macau" appears on two lines to the right (rear) of this. The registered trademark DINKY appears at the bottom right with " DY-2 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe" at the bottom left on three lines. It also carries a rudimentary representation of the gearbox, drive shaft and differential housing, twin exhaust systems, chassis rails, rear leaf springs, petrol tanks and spare wheel well. It is held in place by 2 machined rivets and has a central hole through which the self tapping screw locates itself to hold the model to its cardboard plinth.

It is interesting to note the Modern Dinky packaging does not refer to the vehicle as a Sport Coupe whereas the casting does. The packaging is classified as a Type 1 box as it carries a two line "Not Suitable for children under 36 months" in 6 languages on the rear of the packaging and does not carry the "CE" symbol on the bottom of the box which carries a 5 language set of text, as shown in the accompanying photos, and "Made in Macau" in 3 languages immediately below the bar code panel.

Issue date is 1989 and the scale is said to be 1/43.

Item: 2818

 

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This second version is in a darker red than the first version and is otherwise the same casting and components. However, the packaging is classified as a Type 2 box as it carries a three line "Caution: Contains small parts. Not Suitable for children under 36 months" in 6 languages on the rear of the packaging and does carry the "CE" symbol on the bottom of the box which carries a 5 language set of text, as shown in the accompanying photos, and "Made in Macau" in 3 languages immediately below this text and not below the bar code panel.

Issue date is 1989 and the scale is said to be 1/43.

Item: 2819, 2820

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