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Review of diecast toys.

Some of the E83w Toys produced by Dinky and Matchbox

A number of E83W toys and models have been produced, some of which are much rarer than others. A couple are models produced by professional model builders, using the Dinky van as a starting point and significantly re-working it.

Below are some of the examples in my own collection. Many limited editions were produced for companies and organisations, so I'll feature pics of them here too soon.

E83W in FSOC livery The FSOC (Ford Sidevalve Owners Club) brought out a limited run of 5cwt and 10cwt vans in their own livery, to celebrate the clubs 21st anniversary in 1990. Only 100 of each were produced if memory serves. The 10cwt has long since sold out, but the 5cwt is still listed as being available in the FSOC mag. The model shown has a screw-on base, no rivet.
Toy E83W pic Ford Thames Pickup. This was converted from a standard Dinky E83W van by a talented model builder. A great deal of work was required. The entire rear body had to be built, details such as door handles and semaphore indicators have been highlighted, and the chassis underneath constructed - the original Dinky model (first issued in 1988) had very little chassis detail.
Toy E83W pic Another wooden back pickup, made by the same modeller and very similar to the one above, although doesn't feature the diamond headlamps that the one above has been fitted with. I am very pleased to have found these 2 great conversions, all I need is someone to do a steel back version for me!
Toy E83W pic This is based on the standard Dinky van, and was a limited run commissioned for the 5th MICA European Convention, and comes with a personalised box, as per the image. These are of very limited availability.
Toy E83W pic E83W Ambulance. It would seem that Matchbox have taken on the tooling from Dinky and have launched their own E83W variants. The detailing (eg silver screen frame) seems to be a higher standard too. Interestingly the Matchbox E83Ws have recessed rear 'windows' a la Utilecon, yet I've not seen a Utilecon version being sold.
Toy E83W pic Matchbox Fire Appliance set, comes complete with all the tools and ladders, plus the great little trailer pump.
Toy E83W pic Dinky's first version of the E83W from 1988, done in the colours of Heinz 57 (Baked Beans). Some (as with the Radio Times example below) had screw on bases, most were riveted. I believe the shade of yellow also varied somewhat throughout production.
Toy E83W pic Coming along shortly after the Heinz version, Dinky brought out the green coloured van, liveried in Radio Times colours.
 
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