Most of us know that there were 2 basic versions of this nice model, the original was in the livery of "Shell Chemicals Limited", while the later model was changed to "Shell Chemicals". The original lettering was narrower to allow for placing it on the side of the truck, under the tank area. When it was changed and shortened, the lettering was more robust and fatter. By 1957 the 20 mph roundel on the left rear was omitted from models across the line. The other known change was adding the number 991 to the base, when the numbering change took place around 1955. I am showing a few views of my two versions, which follow all that I have seen in the various Dinky reference works, in terms of the lettering, etc.
However, a good collector friend recently sent me some photos of his two Shell Chemicals Limited trucks, and as you can see, one is as we are accustomed to seeing, the other is decidedly different, and features similar "fatter" letters used on the later versions with the "limited" reference. Upon close inspection, I also noticed that there is no 20 mph roundel on the rear, and no sign of it either. I then noticed that the "Shell" logo of the shell on the rear is positioned quite a bit higher than formerly. I also thought the shell looked a little different.....looking at mine again confirmed what I saw....this one has larger, more defined scalloped edges on the shell.
To me, when I first saw this, I thought this might be some sort of restoration, but the owner is very convinced it is not. I still think the lettering looks quite crowded, and a little "un-Dinky", if that is possible. Hardly any spacing between the words. The known reference books make no mention, nor show any pictures that I could find.......have any of you seen this before, and what are your thoughts? Could it be a late, transition model