Wolseley Hornet Special Swallow 1931 – real one of Dinky Toys 22a Sports Car.
Dinky Toys 22a Sports Car.
Wolseley 1931 Hornet Swallow.
Dinky Toys 22a Sports Car.
Wolseley 1931-32 Hornet Swallow complete for GBP 225.
Wolseley Swallow Hornet coachwork. Complete GBP 225.
Note: An individual Dinky Toys 22a on Vectis auction was sold for GBP 750 on 18-5-2011. A model car nowadays 3 times more expensive than the original car at that time!!
1933 Hornby Series Modelled Miniatures 22a Sports Car – 1934 Dinky Toys 22a Sports Car
The 22a Sports Car was the first made Dinky Toys car and the Genesis of the famous Dinky Toys range of Meccano Liverpool. In fact, it was not yet a Dinky Toys, but Modelled Miniatures and belonged to the Hornby Series Modelled Miniatures No. 22 Set of 6 motor vehicles. It was announced in Meccano Magazine of December 1933. The set consisted of: Sports Car, Sports Coupé, Motor Truck, Delivery Van, Farm Tractor and Army Tank. The motor vehicles did not yet have an individual model number and were apparently only available as a set of six for 4 / -.
Meccano Magazine UK December 1933 part 1.
Meccano Magazine UK December 1933 part 2.
MM December 1933 No. 22 only for sale as set. No individual numbering yet.
Like the later 28 Series Delivery Vans, the 22a Sports Car is made of lead alloy that was not as prone to fatique as it did in other prewar models of that time. It measures 82 mm and weighs 92 grams. This is compared to a similar model, such as, for example, 38f Jaguar Sports Car of 53 grams, almost 2x so heavy.
Dinky Toys 22a Sports Car weighs 92 grams.
Dinky Toys 38f Jaguar Sports Car weighs 53 grams.
He has Hornby Series and Mecano Ltd Liverpool stamped inside cast instead of Dinky Toys and was intended as a toy accessory at the Hornby Railway Trains.
22a: Hornby Series and Meccano Ltd Liverpool inside cast.
He was performed in different colours, had a (vulnerable) open windshield, a shiny tinplate surround grille, metal disc wheels and was delivered in a beautiful box as a series of 6 different Motor Vehicles. For such a complete set in box on a Vectis Auction on 22-11-2011 was paid GBP 19,000.
Vectis auction No. 22 set with 22a sold on 22-11-2011 for GBP 19,000.
The content of a No. 22 set with box as example.
Vectis auction 22a individual sold on 18-5-2011 for GBP 750.
Metal disc wheels were mounted on Dinky Toys in the beginning. Mounted on thin crimped axles they quickly lost their stability and the shrunk end of the crimped axles were (too) sharp for children.
22a with metal disc wheels (1934). Mine are blue colour washed.
Tootsietoys Graham Roadster 511 with cast wheels and rubber tires (1933).
The American Tootsietoys had already changed the disc wheels for better cast wheels with rubber tires.
In MM of April 1934, the name Dinky Toys is first mentioned in advertisements and set no. 22 is first referred to as Meccano Dinky Toys No. 22 Motor Vehicles. They then also received an individual model number: 22a Sports Car, 22b Sports Coupé, 22c Motor Truck, 22d Delivery Van, 22e Farm Tractor and 22f Army Tank and could be sold individually.
A loose 22a Sports Car costed 6d and the price for a complete set was 4 / -.
MM april 1934 with for the first time the name Dinky Toys 22a. Sold as set or individual.
Despite introduction of the name Dinky Toys they all stay marked "Hornby Series" instead of "Dinky Toys".
Hornby book of trains 1934-5 in colour with 22a as set or individual.
Meccano catalogue Dutch 1934-35 with 22a as set or individual. This time with a picture of 22a.
Meccano catalog UK 1934-35 very remarkable without 22a.
The 22a Sports Car was by Hornby not named to an existing automotive brand, but in the 3rd edition of John Ramsay's catalogue of British Diecast Model Toys (of which I have a by John Ramsay himself signed example from 1988) he is also in parentheses for the first time referred to as Wolseley Hornet and he is a vivid example of that car (see photo at the top).
In the 3rd edition of John Ramsay's catalogue of British Diecast Model Toys 22a is also in parentheses for the first time referred to as Wolseley Hornet.
3rd edition of John Ramsay's catalogue of British Diecast Model Toys signed by John Ramsay himself in 1988.
I always try to get a 1st edition of a model and I'm glad and proud to have this 1st model of Dinky Toys. He is very damaged, misses the windscreen, but is in its original condition and the colours are still bright and shiny. It is the beginning of the Dinky Toys history which means very much to me and I am happy that I can show now the beginning of the Dinky Toys history in this model.
Best wishes to all,