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Thunderbirds Dinky Toys (die-cast) were produced by Meccano Ltd in England from 1966 to 1975. The factory was at Binns Road, Liverpool, England. Arguably, Dinky Toys were the most notable die-cast vehicles ever produced.

Lady Penelope's FAB 1

The Rolls Royce was released in 1966, production lasted eight years, and by 1974 had been produced with several minor changes. Unlike the Thunderbird 2 model released the following year, Dinky kept to the original "Lady Penelope pink" and the only variation to the colour was that some can be found in a deeper "pink".

1st Version No. 100

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  • Release date: 1966
  • Colour "Lady Penelope pink"
  • Roof type: Two pink stripes
  • Wheel type: Flat spun wheels
  • Tyres: Ridged version
  • Interior: Gold
  • Inscribed: "Meccano"
  • Packaging: Box type

2nd Version No. 100

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  • Release date: 1967
  • Colour "Lady Penelope pink"
  • Roof type: Two pink stripes
  • Wheel type: Star wheels
  • Tyres: Ordinary version
  • Interior: Gold
  • Inscribed: "Meccano"
  • Packaging: Box type

3rd Version No. 100

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  • Release date: 1968
  • Colour "Lady Penelope pink"
  • Roof type: No stripes
  • Wheel type: Small cast
  • Tyres: Ridged version
  • Interior: Gold
  • Inscribed: "Meccano"
  • Packaging: Box type

4th Version No. 100

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  • Release date: 1970
  • Colour "Lady Penelope pink"
  • Roof type: No stripes
  • Wheel type: Big cast
  • Tyres: Ordinary version
  • Interior: Brown
  • Inscribed: "Meccano"
  • Packaging: Bubble type

5th Version No: 100

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  • Release date: Unknown, possibly 1966
  • Colour "Deep pink"
  • Roof type: No stripes
  • Wheel type: Flat spun
  • Tyres: Ordinary version
  • Interior: Gold
  • Inscribed: "Meccano"
  • Packaging: Box type

Thunderbird 2

Dinky's Thunderbird 2 was released in 1967, and due to its great popularity, was produced in several different versions until production was stopped in 1975.

It is often thought that the Thunderbird 2 model was produced in many colours other than green because children tended to avoid green things, i.e. vegetables!

1st Version No. 101

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  • Release date: 1967
  • Colour Original Thunderbird 2 "green"
  • Body: Solid metal
  • Legs: Thin yellow
  • Inscribed: "Century 21 Toys"
  • Packaging: No "Gerry Anderson" on box
  • Notes: 5 rivets in base (not screws)

2nd Version No. 101

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  • Release date: 1967
  • Colour Metallic green
  • Body: Solid metal
  • Legs: Thin yellow
  • Inscribed: "Century 21 Toys"
  • Packaging: "Gerry Anderson" on box
  • Notes: 4 screws and one rivet in base

3rd Version No. 101

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  • Release date: 1973
  • Colour Metallic green
  • Body: Solid metal
  • Legs: Thin yellow
  • Inscribed: No "Century 21 Toys"
  • Packaging: Bubble package
  • Notes: 4 screws and one rivet in base

4th Version No. 106

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  • Release date: 1974
  • Colour Metallic blue
  • Body: Solid metal
  • Legs: Thick red
  • Inscribed: "Dinky Toys"
  • Packaging: Bubble package
  • Notes: 4 cross head screws and 3 rivets in base

5th Version No. 106

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  • Release date: 1975
  • Colour Metallic blue
  • Body: Solid metal
  • Legs: Thick yellow
  • Inscribed: "Dinky Toys"
  • Packaging: Bubble package
  • Notes: 4 cross head screws and 3 rivets in base

6th Version No. 106

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  • Release date: 1975
  • Colour Metallic blue
  • Body: Black plastic underside
  • Legs: Thick yellow
  • Inscribed: "Dinky Toys"
  • Packaging: Bubble package
  • Notes: 4 cross head screws and 3 rivets in base

7th Version No. 106

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  • Release date: 1975
  • Colour Metallic blue
  • Body: Black plastic underside
  • Legs: Thick red
  • Inscribed: "Dinky Toys"
  • Packaging: Bubble package
  • Notes: 4 cross head screws and 3 rivets in base

8th Version No: 106

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  • Release date: 1975
  • Colour Metallic blue
  • Body: White plastic underside
  • Legs: Thick Red
  • Inscribed: "Dinky Toys"
  • Packaging: Window package
  • Notes: 4 cross head screws and 3 rivets in base

Pre-Production Version (a)

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  • Release date: Unknown
  • Colour Yellow plastic
  • Body: Black plastic underside
  • Legs: Thick yellow
  • Inscribed: "Dinky Toys"
  • Packaging: Unknown
  • Notes: 4 rivets in base

Pre-Production Version (b)

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  • Release date: Unknown
  • Colour Yellow plastic
  • Body: Black plastic underside
  • Legs: Thick red
  • Inscribed: "Dinky Toys"
  • Packaging: Unknown
  • Notes: 4 rivets in base

See also

For Dinky Toys used as props during filming, see Die-Cast Toy Vehicles.

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