The very last Rolls-Royce made at Binns Road in Liverpool during 1979, the Phantom V casting in gloss White.
The Rolls-Royce can be found in many colours and a listing of these is not practicle to do, we just don't know all of the colours used, we can only record what colours have been seen in collections etc, so there will be a guide, only for those wanting to at least compare colours with their own findings.
The Bentley follows the same principal as the Rolls-Royce, they were made pretty close together, the Rolls-Royce in 1934 and the Bentley in 1935, so the same production process applies to both models, a single large casting for the main body and another single casting for the wings and baseplate. The axles actually keeping the two together, so no complicated riveting taking place, allowed large numbers of these models to be made and this is confirmed by the vast number of examples turning up at Auction houses and on internet Auction sites.
The very first versions of the Bentley had a tinplate driver and passenger fitted into slots on the floor and this is rather nice, but odd that no Rolls-Royce seemed to have been fitted with them, unless you know better, but I have never seen an example so far.
MODEL No. 36B, The Bentley 2 door Coupe.
Additional to these two models was an Ambulance, but at first it was not what we class as 'Prototypical' meaning it was not based on an actual car brand, however, through several modifications during production, it became a Bentley Ambulance and an example in Grey, the first colour, is shown below.
The listing below highlights the main variations of the Ambulance as it morphs into the Bentley version with the model shown in picture number 3.
The above Rolls-Royce models were not manufactured after 1950, the Bentley models went into 1951, but there was a long gap until another model was introduced, a Rolls-Royce in 1959.
In February 1959, Dinky Toys in Liverpool, introduced a very special new Rolls-Royce model car. It was special in many ways, it was their first 'Prototypical' Rolls-Royce model, based on an actual car and given a correct name...Silver Wraith.
Issued as catalogue number 150, it had chrome plated grille and bumpers, spring suspension, two-tone paintwork, full window glazing and a 'Silver Lady' mascot.
MODEL No. 150, Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith and it's First Box.
This was a revelation in toy car design, closely pushing the status from 'Toy Car' into 'Model Car'. It was still in the 1/48th scale in use by Dinky at that time, but because the real car was large, the model (with a few exceptions), was larger against the other cars in the range.
Dinky worked quite close with Rolls-Royce and Park Ward on this model to ensure it was right and it seems pretty much void of any 'Artisitic Licence' and only the boot-lid shut line can be questionable and if you have an example of this model in mint to new condition, you'll agree on how good it is.
FEBRUARY 1959 ADVERT ON THE REAR OF 'MECCANO MAGAZINE'
The model was made at Binns Road in Liverpool but received some casting changes during it's first year of production, this consisted of detail changes to the rear lamps, rear window, boot shut-line profile and the little panel between the rear bumper to where it meets the extreme rear of the body, just below the boot shut-line.
This modified version stayed in production until 1961, when castings were sent over to the French factory and the model was assembled there, it was given a different catalogue number of 551 and it was shown as such on the stamped steel baseplate along with 'Assembled in France' in French.
The French version's specification changed during 1962 when the brake drums became smaller and the rivets were of the 'Open' type.
These changes also appeared on the British model, so the modifications seem to have taken place more or less on both versions at the same time and it has created a further version of the British model and in this new form, it stayed in production until 1964.
The chosen colour scheme for the Silver Wraith of two-tone Grey, could have been extended to other two-tone combinations, but sadly they never appeared and despite having a six year production period, the colours hardly ever showed any real shade differences, only between the British and French examples can you find shade differences.
The quality control in France was not quite up to the same standards as those in England and if you put a British and French pair of models together but without showing the baseplates, you can usually tell which model is which!