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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-c-1 Ford Galaxie Fire Chief Car in red.
|Nick Jones Code:||[NJ]59-c-1|
|Trim:||Unpainted grille, headlights and bumpers (part of base)|
|Base Type:||Unpainted metal|
|Details:||Type A Base with 5 lines of text at right angles to the rear axles: Made in England, By Lesney, Matchbox Series, No 55/59, Ford Galaxie. Missing Fire Chief bonnet decal, Fire Shield decal in red and yellow on front doors. Clear glazing holds in the translucent blue plastic roof light.|
|Base Fitting:||2 machined rivets|
|Wheels:||Black plastic 10mm x 36 tread, domed axles|
|Issued:||1966 to 1970 in Regular series|