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An another beautiful american car.
with the two different base plates : "CHRYSLER NEW YORKER" and "CHRYSLER NEW YORKER 1955"
It's more readable on that photo
and we also can see, that the body's inside is different : On the top, we can see that the inside is striated between the rare wheels and the base plate and smooth on the other below. That's mean : 2 moulds. Regards
Please, I appologize for my english : I meant "REAR" and not "RARE"
Richard--Nice collection of Chrysler's there.....that metallic blue has to be hard to find. I only have one of the red ones, but always like the yellow-mustard version the best.
Beautiful Richard. A long-time desire for me (if I had only one, no matter what colour!). Kind regards, Jan
Terry and Jan : thank you for your interest. Friendly yours Richard
Here is the yellow car with the yellow box :
Here are my two 24A Chrysler New Yorker models, one in yellow, the other in red. The red is the later version with a change made to the base plate which is also reflected on the box.
It took me several years to obtain the red example, and I am still searching for the yellow in the second version.
Unfortunately, back in 2014, I must have experienced a "senior's moment" when I failed to include pictures showing the base plates for both models.
Eighteen months later, and here are those images, although I do apologize for their quality. (I must have been hoping for Jan to add the appropriate images from his excellent photographic collection!!) However looking at these images, I do not know what camera I used back in 2007, but I will have to re-photograph both base plates with a better camera!
Subsequent to the recent acquisition of a fine red example of the Chrysler New Yorker (my only one, and expressed as a desired addition at #7 above) I wrote a provisional comment for my private catalogue. A quick translation below. Any additions and corrections very welcome, as usual. Some fresh pictures added too.
The Chrysler New Yorker was introduced in Meccano Magazine of October 1956, as the third American of the French factory, as stated by Meccano Magazine. Slightly before, in the September Dinky Toys catalogue of 1956 it was announced for the first time already. The Chrysler was issued together with the Auto de course Ferrari, no. 23j. It was the first convertible manufactured by Meccano France with a moulded wide plastic windscreen, similar to the somewhat earlier (1955) Packard Convertible of the English Dinky Toys range. In fact, both models have a lot in common in terms of appearance and size. The usual white tyres give the model just a bit more elegance than the Packard. The French did not fix a driver yet. That happened with its successor, the Ford Thunderbird Cabriolet (no. 555) of 1961, featuring also fingertip steering and suspension. Like the no. 132 Packard Convertible from Liverpool (and its companion, the Cadillac Eldorado, no. 131) the steering wheel on this model is left-mounted and the whole construction is similar. With an actual wheelbase of 3200 mm and 64.5 mm of the model, the scale is 1:49.6 or rounded 1:50.
The wooden mock-up still exists, executed in pink-like beige with ocher-yellow interior, without windshield and without the familiar mascot on the nose of the bonnet. It is preserved in the Collection L'Auto Jaune in Paris and shown in Roulet’s second edition, page 109.
There are three consecutive variants to distinguish of this model. The first colours are yellow or mustard yellow with a green interior and dark red with an off-white interior. Only 'Chrysler New Yorker' is embossed as the model name in the base plate. The wheels are convex. Then, in 1957, the base plate with 'Chrysler New Yorker 1955' was introduced. That extension was also added to the model name below the image on the box. At that moment, the finish in metallic light blue with cream interior joined the previous ones. The wheels are still convex then. The last production, from 1959, shows hollow, concave wheels, just dual numbered on the box, 24a and the new number 520, and the yellow and mustard yellow versions have been discontinued.
Confusing is the example shown in Gardiner and O’Neill’s Collector’s all-colour Guide to Toy Cars, page 67. In addition to the regular red version, a second red one is also presented, with a remarkably different grille, which probably should represent a 1956 model. Jacques Dujardin describes this copy on his DVD as a 'code 3' conversion. Hard to see how this has been executed in some detail.
The real-world prototype is the Chrysler Windsor Convertible Coupé New Yorker, launched in 1955. The hesitantly bulging rear lights seem to herald the development of the gaudy wings of the later 1950s.
Kind regards, Jan
Jan—-As always, a very nice write up on a great model that the French factory made. I really liked this model from the moment I first saw as a young boy. And I have always really liked the real Chrysler’s of this vintage....a quite handsome design for sure.
You made some great comparisons to both the Packard and Cadillac convertibles; I would also add that, in my opinion, the Chrysler is a much more accurate rendition than either of the other two. In the past we have discussed how the Packard is too wide, and the Cadillac too narrow. I can’t imagine how Dinky managed to get both of those wrong, as most other models from that era don’t seem to share that fault. To me, the Chrysler seems to be very well proportioned and another example of a very nicely done French Model.
Hi Terry, thank you for your comment. Of course I fully agree that, compared with the Packard Convertible and the Cadillac Eldorado, the Chrysler New Yorker is a superior model! Kind regards, Jan
I don't have much to add to Jan's already nice writeup, but I did just buy and receive a very nice example in the light metallic blue color. This one replaces a red one I had since it was new, but it suffered from a cracked windshield on the drivers side, so I never really appreciated it.
My blue one is of the second version, with the 1955 numbers added on both the baseplate and the box. Strangely, France Meccano went to the trouble to make that slight change in those two places, but neglected to reflect that in the catalogs. One wonders why they saw fit to do that in the first place. Mine also has the shiny black baseplate, which I am guessing came in 1958, as mine still has the 24a numbers in place.
I concur with Jan that this was the nicest American convertible made by Dinky Toys in the 1950's, as it is correctly proportioned compared to the English produced Cadillac and Packard, as well as having wonderful detail inherent in its casting. A most wonderful model!
Best regards, Terry