I was surprised to not see a posting already on this little commercial van, so having recently purchased a nice example, I decided to post my comments. To me, this is somewhat of a curiousity, as it was only made for 3 years.....1957-1959, and was a re-use of the existing 260 Royal Mail Van. Jan has written a very nice article about this on Talk Model Toys, and you can still find it there, but to somewhat summarize previous comments, it is a puzzle why Dinky did not make other livery versions of this. It is a very nice casting of a popular delivery van, used for many years. Some thought has been expressed that due to the fact it was advertising cigarettes, which were even then starting to fall out of favor, that it never really caught on as a model. It has also received scant attention from the toy community, and is seldom written about. The Royal Mail van was made from 1955 through 1961, and was very popular, and also plentiful. The Capstan version, however, being made for only three years, and never hugely popular, has turned into a somewhat expensive acquisition, especially if wanted in boxed, very nice or near mint condition. For some reason, I too did not buy one years ago, and only the past few years decided that I really needed to have one for my collection, so I started looking. I saw quite a few listed for sale, but most are not in really nice condition, and the light blue paint tends to show every tiny flaw, either in the paint or the casting itself. It is a striking two-tone color combination, that Dinky did quite well, but for me, I prefer the solid, single color of the Royal Mail van.....I think it flatters the vehicle a bit more.
Best regards, Terry