Dinky is one of the most famous diecast brands in the world, and with the acquisition of the brand by Matchbox in 1987 it is once again available.

The ”Dinky Collection” was a new range added in 1988 after the acquisition was completed.  Originally the range was a collection of vehicles from the 1950s and 1960s all in a 1/43 scale and the range complimented the ”Models of Yesteryear” range which focused more on models from before this period.

Eventually the branding seems to have been dropped after the takeover of Matchbox by Tyco and some of the castings were then released as ‘Models of Yesteryear’ before that range was discontinued as well under the ownership of Mattel

The branding has on occasion appeared as nothing more than a printed logo on the base of certain miniature vehicles but this is only done so that Mattel can retain the rights to the name and branding.

The entire range only existed for a short time and thus there is only 36 models in the collection.

Matchbox Dinky Collection


No. Model Name Released
DY-1 1967 E-Type Jaguar 1989
DY-2 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 1989
DY-3 1965 MGB-GT 1989
DY-4 1950 Ford E83W 10cwt Van 1989
DY-5 1957 Ford V-8 Pilot 1989
DY-6 1951 Volkswagen Deluxe Sedan 1989
DY-7 1959 Cadillac Coupe Deville 1989
DY-8 1948 Commer 8-cwt Van 1989
DY-9 Land Rover Series 1 1989
DY-10 1950 Mercedes Benz Omnibus Type D-3500 1989
DY-11 1948 Tucker Torpedo 1990
DY-12 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing 1990
DY-13 1955 Bentley “R” Continental 1990
DY-14 1946 Delahaye 1990
DY-15 1952 Austin A40 Van 1990
DY-16 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback 2+2 1990
DY-18 1967 E-Type Jaguar 1990
DY-19 1973 MGB-GT V8 1990
DY-20 1965 Triumph TR4A-IRS 1991
DY-21 1964 Austin Mini Cooper S 1991
DY-22 1952 Citroen 15CV 1991
DY-23 1956 Chevrolet Corvette 1991
DY-24 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS 1991
DY-25 1958 Porsche 356A Coupè 1991
DY-26 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk 1991
DY-27 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 1991
DY-35 1968 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia Convertible 1995


Other ”Dinky” branded releases

DY902 Classic Sports Car Collection 1991
DY903 British Sports Car Collection 1992
DY921 1967 Jaguar E-Type Soft Top 1991
DYB07 1961 Lotus Super Seven 1999

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