We are the self-preservation society…

Well no; the song is actually called “Getta Bloomin’ Move On”

In the film, everyone remembers the Minis, the coach and possibly the Miura, but the gang’s escape, disguised as football fans, was in a battered Ford Thames minibus.

So, jolly good excuse to add one more to my collection of Matchbox 1-75 series first issues. “Thames Estate”, production 1959-66; one of the last to be added to the first run of models.

Thames was Ford’s branding for commercial vehicles in the 1950s and ’60s. This model was their last light-van before the introduction of the Transit.

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Dog in a Matchbox

Over the past few months I have been collecting examples of the first issue of each No. in the Matchbox 1-75 series of models. When Lesney decided upon a new model one of the existing ones would be dropped and the No. allocated to the new toy with a b (or later c, d, etc.) suffix.

I already had several examples of the first issue (some of them from new!) Not really worried about the condition (playworn ‘patina’ is good) but the cleaner the better really.

This one is a No. 3a (produced from 1953-61). It was missing the wheel handle but white-metal replacement parts are available!

This is a No 44a  Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I; about 1/80th scale and produced from 1958-64.

This though is a No. 64b MG 1100 (produced 1966-70) about 1/60th scale. Quite an unusual model and with working suspension, a driver and a small dog poking its head out of the window.