Leyland Octopus Flat Bed with Chain Scale - 1:43

Due to the 1933 Road and Rail Traffic Act, truck makers had to develop 8-wheeler's. Although AEC was first in the field, Leyland stole the march over others and announced the arrival of the Octopus in 1935. By 1945 the Octopus became a super hit among heavy haul drivers so much so that Leyland kept its design unchanged until 1960.

A few changes did take place on the engine side but largely it remained the same until 1970 before being phased out.

Besides, the Leyland Comet, the Octopus model was also imported to India by Madras (now Chennai) based Ashok Leyland company in the mid-fifties to carry loads up to 25 tons. 

This metal scale model is a rendition of the original DINKY TOYS, a brand first sold in 1934. The manufacturer has tried to recreate the old-world magic by retaining the same features on each metal model as well as its box.

This particular Leyland Octopus Flat Bed model with chain was first created in 1964, but today finding one is difficult. The original metal model todays sells for nearly Rs. 1.3 lakh.

Dinky Toys were sold in India until 1955 when they were imported. Then in 1963 Meccano (owners of the brand) sold their factory to a firm in Calcutta called S. Kumar & Co. who started producing them locally. But because the finishing of these products were so poor they were sold as NICKY products.


- Premium collectible
- Licensed product
- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic
- Non-opening bonnet and doors
Brand Leyland
Period 1947-1970
Year 1964
Model Origin UK
Scale 1:43
Box Dimension (in inches) 8 x 2.5 x 2.5
Color Green / White
Make Dinky Toys
Theme Oldies Goldies
Material Metal

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