Matchbox 1-75: MB31-a Ford Stationwagon

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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 MB31-A-2 Ford Stationwagon in Yellow.

Stannard Code: 31-a-2
Schiffer Code: 31-a-2
Nick Jones Code: [NJ]31-a-6
Body Colour: Yellow
Glazing: None
Trim: Silver grille, bumpers and headlights, red tail-lights
Base Type: Flat Black painted metal
Base Details: "No 32" at rear behind axle, 4 lines of text: American, Ford Station Wagon, Made in England, By Lesney
Base Fitting: 1 machined rivet at front and 1 body locating lug at rear
Wheels: Grey plastic, 9.5mm x 20 treads, dome head and crimped axles
Body Modifications: dashboard brace and two ejector rings under bonnet
Issued: 1957 to 1960

 

Item: 3164