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GuyM
Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 1:01:37 PM
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Craig,

Yes it is a Michelin man, which has been the tire company mascot since the beginning. It is nicknamed "Bibendum" ("fat man") here and in the past, lots of Michelin customers were offered that "little fat man" figure, which ended often on the cab roof of their vehicle.
Link to the Michelin shop: https://collectors.michelin.com/catalogue and to the Wikipedia article on Bibendum: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibendum

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Quinella
Posted: Sunday, October 04, 2020 1:25:13 PM

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Love the Pizza truck Guy. Food trucks are very popular now in the US. On a side note, what was the scale of the Dinky toys of the '50s and '60s? I still have a black Austin taxi in the older style. They came in yellow, yellow/green, and black. The #254 version, I always thought was 1/43 scale. Seems small though. Craig
GuyM
Posted: Sunday, October 04, 2020 2:14:48 PM
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Craig,

Vintage vans often "enjoy" a second life as food trucks in France. This pizza truck was originally a Citroën HY van, used today in the Marseille area.

According to this old Dinky Toys list of model scales, dated 1961:



the Austin taxi should be 1/4" for 1' (3rd model listed on the central part of this first page in the 1/4" chapter), which equals to a 1/48 scale. Most models produced in UK in the late 50s/early 60s were in that scale, it's only later that modellers moved to a pure 1/43 scale for cars: that's probably why these days Corgi Toys and Dinky Toys are expected to be 1/43 models, even if lots of them are, in fact, in a much smaller scale.

I hope it helps.
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Thanks Guy: I was a Dinky Toys fanatic as a young boy. I didn't collect Matchbox. My favorites were the Army Dinkys. They were of course British and I had probably 40 to 50 of them. I kept all the boxes. I lost interest in them Junior High school when I discovered girls. About 25 years ago, I discovered Britains. The pre-war versions are killer. My favorite was the Underslung Lorry with spotlight, or the antiaircraft gun. Loved the toy soldiers too. Back to Dinky taxis, about 20 years ago, an Austin black taxi in mint condition w/box could sell for as much as $400.00 on Ebay. But now they are out of favor. Remember the Dinkys Citroen autos? CAW
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GuyM
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2 Fire Dept Citroen ambulances built with a HY van (Altaya) and a DS19 station wagon (Rio):









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GuyM
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Berliet GC 190 car carrier (Hachette Editions):









To be continued (next time) with above cars only.

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GuyM
Posted: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 4:32:24 AM
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GuyM wrote:
Berliet GC 190 car carrier (Hachette Editions [...]


The four 1/43 French cars transported are from Norev (light blue Peugeot 204), Altaya (purple-red Peugeot 404), Universal Hobbies (light blue-grey Renault R4L) and Hachette (grey SIMCA 1500):









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