I just received this a few days ago, from a seller in France, and am delighted with it.....the French made Ford Wrecker 25r, made for only about 2 years, 1954 and 1955. An unusual oddity right away is that is the exact same number used for the earlier Studebaker Wrecker, made from about 1949 through mid year 1954. This little model is based on the Ford open truck, with the towing crane apparatus installed through the rear of the bed, by means of a pin that projects down through the bed and also through the rear mounted spare tire, and is pinned in place. The crane is the same one used on the earlier Studebaker, and is black painted sheetmetal, with a bare towing hook dangling underneath.
The Studebaker version had the words "Dinky Service" applied by tampo on each side of the bed, as there was enough smooth surface to accommodate that. Since the Ford used the open truck, with simulated wooden slates all around, there was no easy place to show the lettering. So Dinky simply changed the rear of the die for the bed of the truck, and made that area smooth. The tampo lettering, in white, was then applied there.
Mine has the checkered ceiling inside the cab, and according to Jacques, that was started in 1955. A very few of these trucks were made with spun, polished wheels and white tires.
Another oddity is that this model never appeared in the French catalog; that is hard to understand, and you would wonder why? It probably has to do with the timing of the release of the new Citroen Tow Truck. Possibly it was planned to be released earlier, negating the need to have the Ford Tow Truck in the catalog for only a very short time.