Details of French Dinky 885 Saviem-Sinpar 4x4 Porte-Fer
The French Dinky Saviem-Sinpar 4x4 Porte-Fer.
In 1961, with the deletion of the Blaw-Knox bulldozer (885/1), French Dinky ceased the use of model number 885 until its re-introduction in 1966 as the Saviem-Sinpar 4x4, Porte-Fer (885/2), or iron and steel carrier. Advertised as newly introduced in the 1966 catalogue, the 222mm long truck cost 19.75 new francs, almost £2. The model’s highly unusual appearance reflected the vehicles half cab construction, with a blue overall clad driver sat within a red resin cab, which has plastic windows and sliding doors. The half cab is located centrally upon a grey flat-bed, with mountings for the steel rods and magnets, which keep the rods in place. Large 22mm XL square tread tyres fit the red resin wheel hubs. A red lantern hangs on the overhanging steel rods at the rear of the model. Eventually, this unique model was withdrawn in 1971.
In reality, the model was based upon the 4x4 Saviem JL29, which had its drive units, gear-box and differentials manufactured by Renault subsidiary, Sinpar. Coachbuilders, G. Pelpel, from St. Cloud, near Rennes, produced the tilting half cab above the engine compartment. The Saviem JL29 was one of several powertrains used for this vehicle, with UNIC, MAN, DAF, VOLVO and Renault engines. MAN and Perkins diesels powered the Saviem. Today, this half cab truck represents a rare historic vehicle, being replaced when changes to the law allowed larger tractor units and their articulated or semi-remorque trailers. The original price was 19.75 Fr. . It was available in red & grey finish. Released as French Dinky 885 in 1966 withdrawn as French Dinky 885 in 1971.
Base:black plastic base
Model features:driver, half cab
Origin:Made in France
Vehicle load:steel rods
Vehicle make:Saviem, Sinpar
Wheels:4x4, red hubs, Twin rear wheels, tyres with tread
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