Toy gets collectors’ motors running at Sheffield auction

Dinky No.184 ' A Volvo 122S in the rare off white paint finish rather than the far more common red finish.  And the price fifty years on? The auctioneers have put a pre-sale estimate of �300 - �500.
Dinky No.184 ' A Volvo 122S in the rare off white paint finish rather than the far more common red finish. And the price fifty years on? The auctioneers have put a pre-sale estimate of �300 - �500.
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Interest from around the world is expected when a mint-condition Dinky car - in a rare off-white colourway - goes under the hammer in Sheffield.

The car is being sold by an anonymous collector who bought the toy as a teenage boy in the early 1960s.

He paid four shillings and sixpence - just 22-and-a-half pence in new money - at Cole Brothers department store.

But, crucially, the model was never played with and instead was put away.

Now, 50 years later, the car is back for sale in virtually the same condition in which it was bought, at Sheffield Auction Gallery’s Specialist Collectable Toys sale on Thursday, April 24.

The Dinky No 184 is a model of a Volvo 122S, in a rare off-white paint finish far less common than the usual red.

Fifty years on, auctioneers estimate a sale price of £300 to £500.

“I was just amazed at the condition of the model,” said Sheffield’s Specialist Toy Valuer John Morgan.

“It is just like the day it was purchased, and certainly fulfils the collectors’ market requirement of condition, condition, condition.”

The car is among three ‘excellent’ collections of boxed Dinkys consigned to the same sale, including a 1950s No 161 Austin Somerset Yellow over Red.

Pre-auction interest is expected to be substantial, and the sale is being held live on the internet in real time enabling potential buyers to bid from wherever they are in the world.

The sale will be the inaugural auction in the Gallery’s new first floor saleroom.

Director Liz Dashper said: “We are delighted the Specialist Toys department goes from strength to strength and the new saleroom will only help to develop that area of collecting.”

More items are currently invited for the auction. Further information is available from the saleroom office on 0114 281 6161 or via email to enquire@sheffieldauctiongallery.com