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-135 Triumph 2000 Saloon (1963-69)

The December 1963 issue of the Meccano Magazine announced the release of the 135 Triumph 2000.

From the 39e Chrysler thread mention was made of a 135 Triumph 2000 issued in a chrome-plated finish:

dinkycollect wrote:

Several chrome plated Dinky Toys are known :

39e Chrysler Royale,
135 Triumph 2000
925 Leyland dump truck with tilt cab.

What were they exactly ?

Code 3 ?
Promotionnals ?
else ?

There is some info on the 925 Leyland dump truck with tilt cab thread."

Here is the chrome 135 Triumph 2000, that was listed for sale through Vectis on 19 May 2009 but bidding failed to reach its reserve. As I could not find it re-listed, it is possible Vectis entered into negotiations with the highest bidder.

This model was entered for sale together with a number of other 135 Triumph 2000 promotional issues. It is possible that it too was produced as a promotional, intended for an executive of the Standard Triumph Company or one of its sales agents

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At the time of the release of the Dinky 135 Triumph 2000, Meccano prepared many special colour issues on behalf of Standard Triumph Motors, and some of these are shown below:

The above model was described as DARK GREEN WITH VERY PALE GREEN ROOF WITH RED INTERIOR

The above model is described as BLACK WITH WHITE ROOF.

The above model is described as BROWN WITH VERY PALE GREEN ROOF

The above model is described as WHITE WITH BLACK ROOF

The above model is described as DARK OLIVE GREEN WITH A CACTUS GREEN ROOF

The above model has been described as being MID-GREY BODY WITH A BLACK ROOF

The above model has been described as being DARK BLUE WITH A VERY PALE BLUE ROOF

The above model has been described as being CHERRY RED WITH WHITE ROOF

The above model has been described as WHITE WITH WEDGEWOOD ROOF

The above model is described as CACTUS WITH BLACK ROOF (Courtesy of "townie54 )

The above model is CHROME PLATED and I have copied it here to bring all the known promotional models with photographs in the one location.

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Thanks Bruce,
I've been on the lookout for some of these for years but no luck yet.
There was a full carton of these sold recently I seem to recall? Not sure if they were split up and sold individually, I certainly hope not as items like this should be kept as a single unit.
Chris Warr.

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Here's another one - the Cactus/Black, and don't forget the holdalls in the boot. Corgi Merc & Jag owners could afford cases, but Dinky owners had to make do with holdalls, whether Triumph, Jag or 'plane......

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Greetings!

For those who are watching this Thread, I had added a ninth colour combination to the promotional colour schemes prepared by Meccano on behalf of Standard-Triumph Motors.

Thanks too for Townie54 for his contribution. I forgot to mention the little valises/overnight bags that equip the 135 Triumph 2000. It is surprising how Holden, Hillman and others were given a decent suitcase, but the 200 had to do with these little packages!

With your permission Townie54 I would like to add your colour combination to the post containing the other schemes.

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That's fine. I had forgotten the little case in the front of the Hillman, and blow me down if some cobber hasn't nicked the case from my Holden's trunk!

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Thanks for allowing me to add your picture to the growing visual list of the various combinations!

Stone the crows - don't look at me with the missing Holden suitcase!! Bugger me, one of my Holden Sedans has a trunk in place of a suitcase! Looks more like a Monopoly hotel!

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yes a Holden has just sold on ebay, with original luggage - a brown trunk complete with the old 'wood' ridges.

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You are correct about the trunk with ridges. Here is my 196 Holden in turquoise and white with the uncommon pale "duck-egg" blue interior, showing its similar trunk. However somewhere in one of my models I have a light green trunk, hence the reference to Monopoly.

Hope JD does not chastise us for the off-subject direction of these couple of posts!!.

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yes there is now a brown/cream boxed Holden on eBay complete with GREEN trunk.

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STARNI999 wrote:
"Thanks Bruce,
I've been on the lookout for some of these for years but no luck yet.
There was a full carton of these sold recently I seem to recall? Not sure if they were split up and sold individually, I certainly hope not as items like this should be kept as a single unit.
Chris Warr."

Chris

You are correct. A full box of these were sold through Special Auction Service.

"A Very Rare Dinky Toys Trade Box of Twelve 135 Triumph 2000 saloon cars produced for Triumph Dealership, in rare paint combinations as follows, Gunmetal (body)/Wedgwood(roof), Wedgwood/Black (2), Cactus/Black, Black/White (2), Olive/Cactus, White/Wedgwood, Conif/Cactus, Black/Cactus, Cherry/White and White/Black, in original boxes with applied colour labels, all contained in original buff trade packing box issued by Meccano Binns Road with Standard Triumph address label, E, minor scuffing to roofs from storage, three cars with slight chipping, boxes VG-E, slight end-creasing to three, two with paper labels loose but present."

The models in this carton may very well represent all of the colour combinations used with this special order.

The lot sold for an incredible sum of

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Regarding the above Post #11, readers will have noticed that the sum paid for this carton of 135 Triumph 2000 is missing, yet another one of those Topics that suffered during the transfer process.

For those who are interested, the lot sold for £9200.00 plus premium and VAT.

There, that finishes off another edited Post!!smiley

Kind regards to you all.

Bruce   (150)

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Some time ago i bought this playworn, but rare colour version of the 135 Triumph 2000 sedan.

Can anybody provide some information about this one?

It seems all original to me as it has it's factory rivit and the inside of the body has the same colour.

Is this the promotional Cactus green version, but without the black roof?

Maybe a factory error?

Greetings,

kasvd