Browsing in some older Model Collector volumes, I found the picture below in the February 1994 issue (page 50). I may have seen this particular example in some earlier volume already (preceding an auction?), but Iâ€™m not certain about that. The b/w picture is obviously from the old days, when the use of colour was an exception rather than customary in Model Collector and many other magazines.
The picture, as shown above, was used as an illustration accompanying a rather all-day question about this no. 514 Guy Lyons Swiss Rolls model, but nothing is mentioned about the utmost remarkable characteristic, the hubs, which are grooved instead of the regular early ridged Dinky Toys hubs, see picture below.
In the mean time we know that the same early Slumberland van is found with grooved hubs very incidentally, but this Lyons one was thought to be available only with the early hubs, and this late version isnâ€™t recorded anywhere else. It would mean that this van was available for a longer period than presumed before. Or: is it just a replica, finished with the wrong hubs?
Can anyone shed a light on this?
Kind regards, Jan Werner