It was very difficult to find information about this Spanish die-cast brand, but I finally got to find a thread in a Spanish forum, that linked me to a French magazine. Unfortunately, I was not able to find that magazine,
The cooperations between Solido and Dalia starts in 1934, but we will focus on 1/43 scale models. Solido produced the “100” line between 1957 and 1973, which was partially produced in Spain, due to the lower manufacturing costs. This first references are marked in the chassis “Dalia – Made in Spain”, while the latter ones are only marked with “Solido – Made in France”, for this reason, it is difficult to recognise Dalia models, especially if the car doesn’t have its original package anymore. The only difference are the colours used for the cars in each country.
Dalia also produced its own casts, mostly for Spanish cars, like the Seat 1400 and 1500, that were decorated as taxis in two versions (Madrid and Barcelona), and also had a cooperation with the Danish company Tekno, producing several models for the Spanish market. Those Dalia-Tekno models were first produced by Solido.
But that’s not all. Dalia also reproduced a series of Italian motorbikes, which were actually licensed by Mercury: Vespa, Lambretta and a “motocarro”, which is a three wheeled motorbike with a big front cargo area/bed. I own one of these, but it is unfortunately missing the load. They were extremely detailed, and each motocarro included some load, in my case I think it was some ceramic vases.
You can see more pictures in the article that I mentioned at the beginning of the article:
FACTS AND FIGURES:
- Name: ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA SPIDER (Nr. 16)
- Scale: 1:43 (approx.)
- Year: Around 1959
- Company: Dalia-Solido (Spain/ France)
- Size: approx. 10 cm