One of the scarcer post-war French Dinky Toys issues, this Studebaker State Commander, or, as known in the French catalogue: Coupé Studebaker. The model, French no. 24O, was available in the tight period 1949-1951 only, and even shorter, in 1949 only with the all zamak wheels (tyres included). Like the British no. 39a Packard Super 8 Tourer, the die for the no. 39f Studebaker State Commander was used in Paris for the production of French re-issues, after the discontinuation of the production of these models in the Liverpool factory.
The example shown here was sold as a repaint, and I think it is. But still I cannot completely exclude yet that it is an original (which is rare and valuable). That may be due to my lack of deeper experience with French Dinky Toys. If it is a repaint it is very expertly done and, because of its rarity, the unusual deviating base plate 'Fab en France' and the remarkable all-metal wheels, it deserves a place in my collection.
Three characteristics make me doubt the authenticity of the paint finish:
-The manual painting (no mask spraying) of the silver details, bumpers, grille - or were these details occasionally done by hand in the French factory?
-The almost lacking of the familiar ridge running over the top length of the model, caused by the die halves - or is it possible that the French occasionally gave this ridge a more thorough polish treatment? Even the boot has some of its contour lines almost polished or worn away.
-The base plate looks good, but still a bit too rough in my opinion.
Of course a good inspection can only be done with the model in hand, but nevertheless I hope my photos can arouse some comments and opinions. Kind regards, Jan