Unboxed Vintage Meccano Dinky diecast No.23S Thunderbolt Racing Car: 1940s?
We have for sale an Unboxed Meccano Dinky diecast No.23S Thunderbolt Racing Car. The car is in used/ ‘played with’ condition.
The car would have been silver with blue details, and was built in the scale of 1:73. One of very few models built to that scale, which is why the driver’s head looks so tiny! There are some flecks of blue and silver paint still evident.
The tyres are black, with beige hubs, and the two rear tyres have warped with age. This model possibly dates from the 1940’s: there are several variants of the Dinky ‘Thunderbolt’ (23m, 23s, 222) produced from 1938- 1950’s.
A good condition pre-WW2 Thunderbolt Dinky model can realise close to £200. This is available for just 1/10 of that at £20, and would be good as a starter collector piece or for restoration.
The markings on the base say: Dinky Toys, Made in England by Meccano Limited. It was originally issued as a commemoration to the land speed record set by Captain G.E.T Eyston in his car ‘Thunderbolt’, in 1938.
Some Trivia For You About Thunderbolt
- Captain G.E.T.Eyston set the land speed record in Thunderbolt on September 16th 1938.
- The record was set at the Bonneville Salt Flats: a densely packed salt pan in Tooele County, N.W Utah
- He achieved a speed of 357.53 mph!
- The car was built by Bean’s (UK)
- Thunderbolt weighed 7 tons and was more than 30ft long.
- It was fitted with two 12-cylinder Rolls Royce engines (4500bhp) and a three-speed gear box.
- The car met an undignified end in a fire at the Centenary Exhibition in Wellington, New Zealand, 1939.
- The engines had already been removed. One is in the Science Museum, London. The second is at the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon.