The Steve Bonney Dinky Collection at Vectis

Dinky No944 Leyland Octopus 8-Wheel

Rare ‘Sweeteners for Industry’ Leyland Octopus Tanker (No. 944)

On September 6th Vectis Auction will be presenting one of the finest Dinky Toy Collections to be sold in recent years. The owner, Steve Bonney has been collecting fine Dinky for over 30 years, and the auction will consist of over 700 lots of British Dinky cars, commercials, buses and military vehicles offered, mainly in their original boxes, were applicable. Early Dinky cars were not retailed in individual boxes but rather sold in trade cartons of six to the retailer.

Dinky No 199 Austin Seven Countryman

Dinky No 199 Austin Seven Countryman

The Dinky collection includes: a rare ‘Sweeteners for Industry’ Leyland Octopus Tanker (No. 944), which was produced in 1963 – 1964 only as a promotional piece and given away in a plain box with a lemon bottom and white lid. Only 550 of these pieces were made and are highly sought after especially in this condition, it has a guideline of £4,000 – £5,000. Other rare lots include a quirky Austin 7 Countyman sold in the 1960s in Day-Glo Orange and Fluorescent Green colourways; with pre-sale estimate of only £200 – £250.

Dinky No 505 Foden 1st type 8-wheel Flat Truck with Chains
Another highlight is a superb and near mint example of a Dinky No.505 Foden (1st type) 8-wheel Flat Truck with Chains – maroon cab, chassis, back and ridged hubs with black treaded tyres, silver flashes, tow hook – in Excellent blue lift-off lid box with paper label. This has an estimate of £5,000-£6,000.

The auction includes nearly 700 lots the majority of which are boxed examples. It is definitely one of the most impressive Dinky collections we have seen.

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