Dinky Toys No. 561 Baroclem van to be sold at Vectis Auctions

10 September 2014
imports_CCGB_3193-l_66386.jpg Dinky Toys No. 561 Baroclem van to be sold at Vectis Auctions
Rare Citroen type H van has an estimate of £3,800 to £4,400. ...
Dinky Toys No. 561 Baroclem van to be sold at Vectis Auctions Images
For part of its silver jubilee celebrations - which you can read more about in the October issue of Collectors Gazette - Vectis is planning some exceptionally exciting auctions throughout September. One of the most impressive is the sale on 23rd September, which includes the Malvern Collection of Dinky models.

This incredible Dinky collection has been built up over the last 25 years - a nice fit with Vectis' month-long celebrations - and includes many rare and hard to find variations, including some that are unlisted, all in their original corresponding boxes. We caught a glimpse of the models during a recent visit to Vectis (which you can see below) and they're truly something to behold.

Perhaps the most exciting piece in the collection is lot 3191 a French Dinky No. 561 Citroen type H Van 'Baroclem'. This is a rare promotional issue that's finished in blue with chrome concave hubs and white 'Baroclem' writing on the sides. In near mint condition, it's also accompanied by the correct carded picture box and green/black plastic battery. Unsurprisingly this scarce issue has an estimate of £3,800 to £4,400. Ramsay's 14th edition has it pegged at £4,000 to £6,000, so it'll be interesting to see where the hammer falls.

Just in case you're wondering who Baroclem is, it's a French car battery company that was founded by Monsieur Barrault in 1928. It's still trading today, although it's now part of Johnson Controls.

Some other highlights in the same auction include lot 3628 a Dinky No. 920 Guy Van 'Heinz' with red cab and chassis, yellow Supertoys hubs and back, with sauce bottle illustration, in its correct blue and white striped non-picture box. It has an estimate of £1,800 to £2,200.

Another treat is a Dinky No. 2 'Commercial Vehicles' Gift Set, including a Land Rover, Studebaker Petrol Tanker, Dodge Farm Produce Wagon plus others. Condition of the models is generally excellent plus to mint in a generally good plus to excellent blue and white striped lift off lid box with correct inner packing piece and 'tested' label. It's estimated at £1,400 to £1,600.

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