Matchbox 1-75: MB27-a Bedford S Lowloader

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I now code all my Matchbox Regular Series 1-75 models against the Stannard's Collectors Catalogue [ISBN 0-9510367-O-X] which covers the years 1953 to 1969 and is based on Stannard's extensive knowledge of the 1-75 series, contributions from Ray Bush, Phillip Bowdidge, Robert Newson and Paul Carr, and the access, granted to him by Matchbox, to Matchbox Toys Limited's archives and production collection. Wherever possible I will also include the relevant reference obtained from Schiffer's Matchbox Toys [ISBN 0-916838-74-9] and other major reference publications. I also use Nick Jones' excellent site to further refine the codings – these codes are identified by the use of [NJ] alongside them.

This is the Lesney produced Matchbox 27-a-4 Bedford S lowloader with a green cab and tan trailer. This model was the final colour release of the shorter (78mm) model of the Bedford. This particular model has a lighter green cab and tan trailer with small and large braces at the rear of the trailer. The trailer has "British Trailer Company Limited" cast int othe top front of the casting. The model has no glazing.

Stannard Code: 27-a-4
Schiffer Code: 27-a-2
Nick Jones Code: [NJ]27-a-9
Body Colour: Lighter Green
Glazing: None
Trim: Silver grille, bumpers and headlights
Base Type: None - details cast inside cab area
Base Details: "Lesney, No 27" on 2 lines of text cast under cab roof
Base Fitting: None
Wheels: Grey metal, 7.5mm x 18 treads, dome headed, crimped axles
Trailer Braces: small triangular brace to left rear, large Triangular brace to right rear
Issued: 1956 to 1958

 

Item: 3141