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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 MB34-A-2 Volkswagen Microvan in Darkish Blue.
|Nick Jones Code:||[NJ]34-a-2|
|Body Colour:||Darkish Blue|
|Trim:||Silver grille, front and rear bumpers and headlights|
|Base Type:||Flat Black painted metal|
|Base Details:||"No 34" at front and "Volkswagen" before axle, 2 lines of text centred: Made in England, By Lesney|
|Base Fitting:||1 spread rivet at rear and 1 body locating lug at front|
|Wheels:||Grey metal, 8.5mm x 18 treads, dome head and crimped axles|
|Issued:||1957 to 1962|