Elegance, charm and deadly danger!
When it comes to collecting vintage Thunderbird toys, the Dinky FAB 1 Rolls Royce is definitely a must have.
These die-cast models were produced between 1966 to 1977, and featured detailed painted figures of Parker at the wheel, and Lady Penelope elegantly seated in the back. The figures were covered by a clear plastic canopy which also slid back .
It has a front firing missile, which shot out of the Rolls Royce radiator grill, and four harpoon type missiles shooting out at the back.
Like most Dinky toys it went through a few subtle changes over the years during it's manufacture. Generally speaking there are four slightly different Penelope pink versions, and a darker fluorescent coloured pink version (Collectors have reported other colours which could possibly be prototypes, factory errors or simply 'code 3' fakes )
The simple rule of thumb is early versions had painted pink strips running down the back of the canopy, later versions are clear. There are also four different types of wheel hubs, starting with a 'Star' type, followed by smaller Spun, which had larger tyres, then cast with large tyres, and finally smaller Cast, which are the type that appear in my photos.
" Parker, get out the Rolls Royce!"