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Dinky Atlas
587
Camonnette Citroen 'Philips'
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Dinky Atlas 587 Camonnette Citroen 'Philips'

The Dinky Atlas Camonnette Citroen 'Philips'. available in yellow finish at 1:50 scale. Dinky Atlas 587 in detail...

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French Dinky
566
Citroen Currus Police Camionette
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French Dinky 566 Citroen Currus Police Camionette

The French Dinky Citroen Currus Police Camionette. The 1965 French Dinky catalogue introduced the Citroën Currus ‘Police’ Camionette, 566, as to be launched during that year. In fact, the launch of the 1/50 scale model took place during July 1965, when the 117mm long van cost 14.5 new francs, about £1, 9/-. The price soon rose to 16.5 new francs, £1, 12/-. Fine detail characterises the model, which clearly demonstrates the vehicle’s extended bodywork produced by Currus for the Paris police. The model has a midnight blue, almost black, and white livery, with a dome flashing light and an orange illuminated ‘Police’ sign in a panel above the cab. The word ‘Police’ is on either side of the model above the rear wheels. The model has a two-tone horn, symmetrical sliding side doors and frosted glass throughout the rear compartment. The wheel hubs are concave, blue-black in colour and fitted with treaded tyres.

Currus, the vehicle body-maker, produced about 4-5 vehicles per day at its Massy-Palaiseau plant. In 1971, the company opened a second plant in Macon. However, with the 1973 oil crisis, business declined and chassis suppliers almost disappeared from the market. Heuliez took-over the company and later, Currus became part of Camiva, which became a subsidiary of Berliet. Currus became too dependent on work from Citroën, building vehicles based on their 350 chassis. Ironically, Currus was eventually sold to Peugeot who, along with Citroën, are now part of PSA. available in black & white finish at 1:50 scale. French Dinky 566 in detail...

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French Dinky
587
Camonnette Citroen 'Philips'
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French Dinky 587 Camonnette Citroen 'Philips'

The French Dinky Camonnette Citroen 'Philips'. Citroën Currus HY ‘Philips’ display van. Launched in late 1964, the Citroën Currus HY ‘Philips’display van, 587, appeared in the 1965 French Dinky catalogue. At a scale of 1:50, the 122mm long model cost 12 fr. (new francs), about £1, 4/-. The zamac body had plastic interior fittings and a tinplate base plate. The demonstrator van had lift up doors on the near side and at the rear, which exposed an interior normally behind clear plastic windows. The yellow-gold, red and silver colours were a trademark of the Dutch electrical manufacturer, ‘Philips’ during the 1960s. The Citroën HY model was based a long wheelbase version of the 1200kg van, with the extended bodywork, which in reality was produced by Currus. Introduced in 1964, French Dinky withdrew the model in 1970. available in yellow finish at 1:50 scale. French Dinky 587 in detail...