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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 MB53-a-3 Aston Martin DB2-4 MkII in Metallic Light Green.
|Nick Jones Code:||[NJ]53-a-8|
|Body Colour:||Metallic Light Green|
|Trim:||Silver grille, lights and bumpers, red tail lights|
|Base Type:||Gloss Black painted metal|
|Base Details:||"No 53" at right angles to the rear axle, 3 lines of text: Aston Martin, Made in England, By Lesney|
|Base Fitting:||2 machined rivets|
|Wheels:||Grey plastic, 10mm x 24 treads, domed axles|
|Issued:||1958 to 1963|