Rare Dinky No.184 Volvo 122S to be sold at Sheffield Auction Gallery

14 April 2014
imports_CCGB_pr-volvo-122s-3_08028.jpg Rare Dinky No.184 Volvo 122S to be sold at Sheffield Auction Gallery
Diecast model features the rare off white finish, rather than the more common red finish. ...
Rare Dinky No.184 Volvo 122S to be sold at Sheffield Auction Gallery Images
In the early 1960s a bright-eyed teenage lad walked into Coles Brothers Department Store in Sheffield and purchased a Dinky model car for 4 shillings and sixpence (or 22½p in new money). The model was then, for whatever reason, put away.

Now, 50 years later, that same model, in virtually the condition in which it was bought is to come up for sale at Sheffield Auction Gallery’s Specialist Collectable Toys Auction on Thursday, 24th April.

The model in question is a Dinky No.184 Volvo 122S in the rare off white paint finish rather than the far more common red finish.  And the price 50 years on? The auctioneer has put a pre-sale estimate of £300 to £500.

“I was just amazed at the condition of the model; it is just like the day it was purchased,” said Sheffield’s specialist toy valuer John Morgan. “This model certainly fulfils the collectors market requirement of condition, condition, condition; bringing the greatest interest.”

The Volvo will feature in the inaugural auction at Sheffield Auction Gallery’s brand new first floor saleroom - ‘The 1840 Room’. Director Liz Dashper said: “We are delighted that the specialist toys department goes from strength to strength and the new saleroom will only help to develop that area of collecting and we are looking forward to a bright future with a saleroom dedicated to specialist auctions, adding to our very much established diary of antique and fine art sales”.

What’s more, alongside the Volvo, three excellent collections of boxed Dinkys have been consigned to this auction including Fodens and a very nice collection of 1950s cars, including a No. 161 Austin Somerset Yellow over Red. Pre-auction interest in the Volvo and accompanying Dinky vehicles is expected to be substantial.

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