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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 MB59-A-9 Ford Thames Van in Kelly Green with Singer decals.
|Nick Jones Code:||[NJ]59-a-13|
|Body Colour:||Kelly Green|
|Trim:||Silver grille, front bumper and headlights|
|Base Type:||Gloss Black painted metal|
|Base Details:||4 lines of text: Ford Thames Van, Made in England, By Lesney, No 59|
|Base Fitting:||1 machined rivet at front and 1 body locating lug at rear|
|Wheels:||Silver plastic, 9mm x 20 treads, domed axles|
|Body Modifications:||decal guides on front doors and large adn small ejector rings under bonnet|
|Issued:||1958 to 1963|