Matchbox 1-75: MB38-a-3 Karrier Refuse Collector

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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 MB38-a-3 Karrier Refuse Collector in Grey with yellow decals.

Stannard Code: 38-a-3
Schiffer Code: 38-a-3
Nick Jones Code: [NJ]38-a-6
Body Colour: Grey
Glazing: None
Trim: Silver grille, bumper and headlights
Base Type: Grey painted metal (part of the main body casting)
Base Details: "No 38" at rear behind axle, 4 lines of text: Karrier, Refuse Collector, Made in England, By Lesney
Base Fitting: None
Wheels: Grey metal, 8.5mm x 18 treads, dome head and crimped axles
Body Modifications: decal guides and no cab brace
Issued: 1957 to 1963

 

Item: 3311