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Posted By: Bruce Gibbins
Posted On: Friday June 14, 2019 at 12:48 AM
 
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I think it was the first handful of the early Dinky '39 American sedans that
grabbed my interest and that remains to this day. These were bought for me by my father from a electrical store in town who had an agency for Dinky at the time - circa 1955.
More Dinky toys followed directly from the UK after my father left some money with work colleagues in London to snarf new releases from Dinky and ship them back to New Zealand to be dished out to me on birthdays and at Christmas time.
I had all of these toys well into the 1990's when I slowly sold them all off to fund 1/43 scale models.

Because of local peculiarities resulting from being so small, isolated and a hardly-worth-worrying-about population size importing cars out side of the US Big Three and their British associates and UK brands Austin and Morris etc often people bought what they wanted from sales agents - being largely rural, these were often seed and grain companies and insurance agents or small town repair garages where in one example, sold and serviced new Citroen cars miles from anywhere else.
There was hardly a car built in the world that did not have at least one example rolling along New Zealand roads.

All of that was leading up to the motoring influences on a young chap where there were so many car types to like - just not a lot of any one type outside of the Big Three who built local assembly plants to help take care of their business model.
Car grill spotting was a simple pleasure among us has we walked home from school.
Goodness knows how any one can differentiate these days between the various car brands - they all seem to look the same.

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