Matchbox 1-75: MB46-a Morris Minor 1000

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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 MB46-a-1 Morris Minor 1000 in dark green.

Stannard Code: 46-a-1
Schiffer Code: 46-a-1
Nick Jones Code: [NJ]46-a-5
Body Colour: Dark Green
Glazing: None
Trim: Silver grille, bumpers, and headlights, red tail lights
Base Type: Flat Black painted metal
Base Details: "No 46" at front behind bumper, 4 lines of text: Morris Minor, 1000, Made in England, By Lesney
Base Fitting: 1 machined rivet at rear and one body locating lug at front
Wheels: Grey metal, 8mm x 18 treads, dome head and crimped axles
Body Modifications: 7 roof pips at front, 1 ejector rings under roof, raised centre to front bumper
Issued: casting issued 1958 to 1960

 

Item: 4077