Two Matchbox 1-75 series No.52a (1st issue) Maserati 4CLTs; production 1958-1965. Came as a pair for less than £5. Both colours are factory original but the red one has been touched in, in parts and the decals messed with. The yellow one came without decals or driver but replacements have been obtained. Original plan was to only keep one but the yellow one has wire wheels and the red one was more or less complete. So, after refurbishment ended up keeping both. Approximately 1:60 scale.
A warm evening up at the village at what turned out to be the last toyfair to be held there. Both buyers and sellers have been noticeably absent at recent events, and really it was not a surprise when (organiser) Joe announced the closure.
Only purchase was an Atlas Editions repro-Dinky Mini Countryman with a quite good repro box. Not much money.
It’s a pretty little model but doesn’t look quite right as the rear side-window is one piece of perspex, whereas, in the full size car there was a sliding rear window which gave the impression of a ‘c-post’ above the rear wheel-arch.
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.
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