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Dinky Toys - Alvis Sports Tourer (#103, originally #38D) | by The Brucer
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Dinky Toys - Alvis Sports Tourer (#103, originally #38D)

The "38" series of Dinkys -- a group of six British sports touring cars -- was initially designed by Meccano Ltd. (Liverpool, England) in 1940, but only three of the six were produced (in 1940-41) before metal toy production ceased early in WWII. Production of the first three resumed, and the remaining three were introduced, at the end of the War in 1945-46. The "38" series consisted of the Frazer-Nash-imported BMW (38A), the Sunbeam-Talbot (38B), the Lagonda tourer (38C), this Alvis (38D), the Armstrong-Siddeley coupe (38E), and the SS (now Jaguar) sports car (38F).

 

The Alvis was one of the three "38" cars that began production pre-War (in 1940-41). Production resumed in 1945 and continued until 1955. During this post-War production period -- probably in 1953-54, perhaps even earlier for exported versions -- the number of this model was changed from #38D to #103. The toy shown here is believed to have been produced after the numbering change, because the wheel hubs are not black. Thus, the model pictured here is technically #103.

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Taken on April 26, 2009