The Bedford Articulated Lorry is a very lovely and attractive model with its imposing front and very detailed silver trim on the grille and headlights. It was announced in the Meccano Magazine of April 1948. It was the first big DT truck with trailer and appeared for the first time as Supertoy in Meccano price list of April 1948 and for the last time in the July 1963 UK catalogue (without images).
DT 521 announced in MM of April 1948 with image.
Dinky Toys 521 Bedford Articulated Lorry and 551 Trailer in Meccano Magazine June 1948.
Meccano price list April 1948 (without image).
DT catalogue UK July 1963 (without image).
The first colour image appeared in the universal UK catalogue of May 1952 with black painted mudguards to the rear wheels of the trailer.
Ever since the UK catalogue of October 1953, the mudguards of the trailer were painted yellow (see under d).
Bedford and Ford were throughout DT production one of the most common models in the total range of Dinky Toys.
In the literature I found the following special and general characteristics that can help us to specify the individual models because there is no number on the baseplate or cast of this model and there are much several boxes.
The Great Book of Dinky Toys Mike and Sue Richardson p 136:
a) 521: red or yellow with black wings; 1948-54 marked Dinky Supertoys then Dinky Toys; brown box with Supertoys label, then blue box with Dinky label. (Mike forgot the green box with label!)
Dinky Supertoys on base Dinky Toys on base
b) 921: yellow with black wings only; 1954-1956 marked Dinky Toys; blue & white striped Dinky box
c) 409: yellow with black wings only; 1956-63 marked Dinky Toys c.1961 windows added; yellow Dinky box (Mike forgot the blue/white striped 409 box export USA?)
GBDT p 196 (521-921-409) :
d) 20-1-1953 mask spraying deleted from rear mudguards
Black mudguards <1953 Yellow mudguards >1953
e) 3-7-1957 (20) deleted
20 (speed limit) till 1957 20 deleted 3-7-1957
f) 14-1-1960 windows added
DT 409 with windows since 14-1-1960
GBDT p. 270:
g) A memo issued by the US distributor, H Hudson Dobson, in 1954-which indicates tires were fitted to the models then in the range: 6676/094 11 / 16in "large black" tires fitted: 521/921 Articulated Lorry. 7076/096 19 / 32in "small black" tires fitted: 521/921 Articulated Lorry trailer.
Ramsay's model toys catalogue 15th edition: (I think it is not quite complete and correct – please add comments)
h) 521: 1948-1948: red body, black wings, black or red hubs, "20" transfer, Supertoys on base, brown box.
1949-50: yellow body, black wings, black hubs, "20" transfer, Supertoys on base, brown box.
1950-54 yellow or yellowish-orange body, black wings, red hubs, "20" transfer, Supertoys or Dinky Toys on base, blue box, orange or white label.
i) 921: 1954-56: yellowish-orange body, black wings, red hubs, Supertoy.
j) 409: 1956-63: All have black knobbly tires. Deep yellow cab and back, black wings, red hubs, yellow box. As previous model but with window glazing. Lighter yellow box.
Unfortunately I could not find a drawing of this model to date the casting changes and more details. I hope there are members who can say anything about that. I am also special interested in details about the appearance of the 409 with box and all his specifics. For instance I saw on Vectis blue/white striped 409 boxes with label for the US market, but also without US labels. Where they also sold in the common market? Is there a member with such a box? And had the 409 already knobbly tyres from the beginning? I doubt about that because I saw on Vectis much 409 models with smooth tyres. Comments are welcome.
I have 4 different Bedford’s Articulated Lorry’s of which I add pictures of the colour- and casting variations and 4 different boxes.
At the end I show pictures of a beautiful real one Bedford Articulated Lorry.
Jan Oldenhuis (703)