Matchbox 1-75: MB50-a-18 Commer Pickup

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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 MB50-a-18 Commer Pickup in red and grey.

Stannard Code: 50-a-18
Schiffer Code: 50-a-11
Nick Jones Code: [NJ]50-a-33
Body Colour: Red and Grey
Glazing: None
Trim: Silver grille, front bumper, and headlights
Base Type: Type B, Gloss Black metal
Details: Body type with cab roof ejector ring, curved dashboard brace, and 2.5mm rear tailgate gap; Base with large ejector ring, 4 lines of text at right angles to the rear axles: Commer Pick-up,MK VIII, Made in England, By Lesney, and "No50" at right angles and behind the rear axle.
Base Fitting: 1 machined rivet and 1 body locating lug.
Wheels: Black plastic 9mm x 24 tread, dome head, domed axles
Interior: None.
Issued: 1958 to 1964 in Regular series

 

Item: 3211