This week I had another wonderful addition to my collection, this time the French Dinky Toys 29e Autocar Isobloc. I had bought one previously, many years ago, but this new one is in much nicer condition, so when the opportunity came, I jumped at it. A brief history of this model is: introduced in 1951, along with the 29d Autobus Parisien, and made until early 1955. There were three main versions produced, with the first one featuring flat, not raised, areas along the wings, and with a smooth ceiling and floor of luggage area. The second version added the raised wing areas, otherwise the same. The third and last one added a ridged floor in the luggage area and also a checkered interior ceiling. Mine is the third type, and appears to have never been played with, showing just some very light rub wear in a few places, likely caused by sitting in a trade box. The axles are bright and gleaming and show no signs of corrosion. This bus joins the 24q Ford Vedette and the first version of the Standard Vanguard Saloon, as the only models to feature what was apparently an experiment to fasten one of the axles to the baseplate via a tinplate clip. I have never heard any more of an explanation of this clip, and it is shown in one of the photos below. Also shown are some pages of the 1952, and 1953/54 French Dinky Toys catalog, which show this bus. Even though it was apparently available for some time in 1955, it was not shown in that catalog. Another very nicely detailed French model from the early 1950's, that so many of us love.
Best regards, Terry