The Jaguar E type is for me one of the most beautiful cars ever made. As model I had already DT 120, but I also wanted a Mini Dinky No. 11 Jaguar E type and bought it on Ebay USA.
Mini Dinky No. 11 Jaguar E Type. Isn’t it a beauty?
Note the exact reproduction of the spoked wheels
Jonathan wrote an excellent article about Mini Dinkys in the New Arrivals thread, following his acquisition of an extremely rare Mini Dinky 12 car collector case gift set (really a musem piece!!) with the link: http://www.dtcawebsite.com/comment/11149#comment-11149
I doubted whether I would add my contribution to Jonathan's contribution or create a new topic, but I think the Mini Dinky deserves its own topic in the forum. That’s why I opened a general topic “Mini Dinky” for all Mini Dinkys. At the time of Jonathan's contribution, I was waiting for my Mini Dinky no.11 which I received last Monday.
Given the description of Jonathan about the often very bad condition and fatigue of these Mini Dinkys it was exciting for me in which condition I would receive my Mini Dinky, but after receiving the model I concluded that the garage and the model are in a really excellent condition without any damage or sign of fatigue.
As Jonathan already stated, the Mini Dinkys are not advertised in any DT catalogue. Only a USA leaflet with Mini Dinkys was published without dating the issue, but according to Keith Harvie and Ramsay published in 1968. In Meccano Magazine 1967 and 1968 I could also not find any advertisement from Mini Dinky. The Mini Dinkys were probably sold mainly in the US, given the American prices on the leaflet.
Outer side of the 3 times folded US Mini Dinky leaflet 1968
Inner side of the 3 times folded US Mini Dinky leaflet 1968
Mini Dinky cars were made in the scale 1/65 and came in its own free garage with up and over sliding doors. The illustrated US-issued Mini Dinky fold-out launch leaflet includes also construction vehicles models 94-99, scale 1:130.
List of Mini Dinkys that were planned. The "X" marks those that did not go into full production. The list of colours is not exhaustive but contains those most commonly found. (By Mike Richardson in Dinky Toys & modelled miniatures)
It is indeed incomprehensible that Lines Bros chose to produce this small scale, in which Matchbox already had been market leader for years with Fred Bronner in New York as USA distributor and the production of Dinky Dublo had long been finished.
Matchbox Lesney No 32 E type Jaguar (Ebay picture)
Mini Dinky leaflet USA 1968. Every model comes in its own free garage with sliding doors.
Remains Jonathan's question whether these Mini Dinkys should be considered genuine Dinky Toys. Personally, I think that the Mini Dinky under the brand name Mini Dinky belongs to the genuine Dinky Toys range of Meccano England for the following reasons:
1) The Mini Dinky leaflet in 1968 states the text on the front side: Now Dinky Toys introduce Mini Dinky. A fabulous new range of 1 / 65th scale all-metal die-cast models and on the back side: Mini Dinky and Dinky Toys are made by Meccano England.
2) The following text has been printed on the base of the model: Mini-Dinky 1/65 scale models No 11 E type Jaguar. Made in Hong Kong for Meccano Ltd.
3) The free plastic garage as box of the model states the following text: Mini Dinky No. 11 Jaguar "E" type Meccano Ltd and on the underside: Mini Dinky .... A Meccano product Made in Hong Kong
Because the production was arranged by Lines Bros Ltd as the owner of Meccano Ltd at that time all this clearly indicates the legalization and authorisation of the production of Mini Dinkys for Meccano Ltd England as brand name Mini Dinky and meets all the authenticity features of a Meccano Ltd product, such as a Dinky Toys. That’s why a Mini Dinky belongs in my opinion to be included in the original Meccano Dinky Toys range. That the Mini Dinkys were made in Hong Kong (for Meccano Ltd) and were of lesser quality than the normal Dinky Toys does not change this.
Genuine Dinky Toys in Dinky Toys catalogue USA 1955
Base of the Mini Dinky No 11 E type Jaguar with print Made in Hong Kong for Meccano Ltd.
I show pictures in full size of my Mini Dinky Jaguar E type and of an authentic Jaguar E type 1962 with Dutch license plate.
Kind regards, Jan Oldenhuis, 28 September 2018.