Matchbox 1-75: MB59-a Ford Thames Van

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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.

Stannard Code: 59-a-9
Schiffer Code: 59-a-9
Nick Jones Code: [NJ]59-a-13
Body Colour: Kelly Green
Glazing: None
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

 

Item: 3160