The Matchbox sale to be held on the 30th of June starts with The North Wales Collection, boxed and unboxed, groups and single lots, of Matchbox Superfast, road and racing cars, commercials, coaches, emergency vehicles, many with transitional boxes, plus, Speed Kings, Super Kings, US issue blister packs, twin packs and gift sets. Further items in the sale include Matchbox Superfast, Super Kings, and Regular Wheels. The sale will conclude with The Ex Lesney Employee Collection, 94 lots of factory final trial castings, pre-production colour trial models, bare metal castings and factory components.
Matchbox Superfast G-3 Racing Specials Gift Set containing (1) 5a Lotus Europa - metallic candy pink body with racing number 20 hood & door labels, bare metal base, 5-spoke narrow wheels; (2) 20a Lamborghini Marzal - metallic red body with racing number 2 hood label & "Avon" rear wing labels, dark amber windows, ivory interior, bare metal base, 5-spoke narrow wheels; (3) 45a Ford group 6 - metallic green body with square racing number 7 nose label & "Burmah" door labels, clear windows, ivory interior, chrome engine, gloss black base, 5-spoke wide wheels; (4) 52a Dodge Charger - metallic pink body with racing number 5 labels, clear windows, black interior, metallic green base, 5-spoke wide wheels; (5) 56a BMC Pininfarina - metallic gold body with Gulf hood label & racing number 17 door labels, bare metal base, 5-spoke narrow wheels; (6) 68a Porsche 910 - metallic red body with racing number 68 nose & rear wing labels, light amber windows, ivory interior, bare metal base, 5-spoke wide wheels - contents all appear Mint in Near Mint to Mint factory shrink wrapped type G box.
Estimate: £300 - £400
Sold For: £300
Matchbox Superfast 32a Leyland Tanker "N.A.M.C. - The Miniature Vehicle" - red cab & chassis, white tank, blue windows, chrome grille & base, hollow 5-spoke narrow wheels with black front axle clip - Near Mint with a couple of tiny pin size chips to tank in Mint "New" type G box.
Estimate: £300 - £400
Sold For: £440
Matchbox Superfast 56a BMC Pininfarina factory colour trial - dayglo orange body with low arches (same colour as 20a Lamborghini Marzal), clear windows, ivory interior, bare metal base with un-spun base rivet, solid 5-spoke narrow wheels only one of which has tread pattern cast the other three without - Near Mint (passenger door does not quite close flush with body).
Estimate: £500 - £600
Sold For: £1,100
Matchbox Regular Wheels 16b Super Atlantic Low Loader Trailer - Stannard Code 4 - orange body with black drawbar, 8 x 18-tread grey plastic wheels - Near Mint (body unmarked but there is slight discolouration to a couple of wheels) in Good creased type D2 box printed by Pembroke Abbey. Rare issue with larger 8mm diameter grey plastic wheels which just needs the box upgrading.
Estimate: £700 - £900
Sold For: £1,800
Matchbox Regular Wheels 73a RAF Pressure Refueller - Stannard Code 4 - RAF blue body with silver trim, type B round tank brace, 24-tread black plastic wheels - Good Plus with a number of tiny paint chips to top & right side of tank & pump in Good Plus type B4 box with surface tear to one end flap where price label removed. Rare model to find with black plastic wheels in any condition.
Estimate: £400 - £500
Sold For: £1,200
Matchbox Regular Wheels 6b Euclid Quarry Truck - unlisted Stannard Code - yellow type A body with Euclid door decals, type A tipper base without cross brace held by type A biff rivet, 11 x 24-tread front grey plastic wheels & 12.5 x 30-tread rear grey plastic wheels with crimped axles - Excellent with a few tiny chips one of which is to rear right corner of roof, another to tip of battery box caused by one of the tipper rests in Good creased at one end later period type C Lesney box. Very rare early issue with grey rather than black plastic wheels.
Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000
Sold For: £3,600
Matchbox Regular Wheels Simpsons-Sears Canadian Issue Piste de Course Race Track Set Catalogue No.28033 containing 2 x 19d Lotus Formula 1 Racing Car - both are racing number 3 decals containing (1) No.19d Lotus Formula 1 Racing Car - orange body with racing number 3 decals - Excellent to Excellent Plus with a couple of tiny chips mostly to nose in Good Plums type E4 box with tear to one end flap; (2) as (1) but dark green body - Excellent with some decal loss to hood decal along with a couple of tiny chips in Good Plus creased on one striker side type E4 box; (3) 29c Fire Pumper Truck with Denver decals, bare metal base without tow guide - Good Plus to Excellent with some small paint chips in Good Plus type E4 box; (4) as (3) but without Denver decals - Good Plus with a few tiny chips & roof-light pushed into glazing unit in Fair worn but still complete type E4 box; (5) 41c Ford GT40 - yellow body with racing number 6 hood decal, clear windows, maroon interior, gloss black base without tow guide, yellow plastic hubs with 45-tread tyres - Fair to Good play worn in Excellent type E4 box; (6) as (5) but white body - Fair play worn with considerable paint loss to base in generally Excellent type E4 box; (7) 52b BRM Formula 1 Racing Car - red body with racing number 5 decals - Good to Good Plus with some play wear; (8) as (7) but blue body - Good to Good Plus with some play wear in Fair incomplete type B4 box which is missing 2 inner end flaps; (9) King Size K5 Racing Car Transporter - Good Plus to Excellent in Good to Good Plus window box with Excellent Plus inner pictorial card tray (perspex window badly damaged). All contained in Fair but still complete card carry case box which doubles up as cardboard garage car park complete with detachable card ramp, front of box states "Sold by Simpsons-Sears Limited and The Robert Simpson Co. Limited". Very rare set indeed the first we have had the pleasure of selling and although the outer box has some surface tears caused by careless removal of old tape this remains a virtually impossible item to find in any condition.
Estimate: £500 - £700
Sold For: £2,700
Matchbox Regular Wheels 22b Vauxhall Cresta - unlisted Stannard Code - pale pink body with turquoise side panels, with rear silver trim & red tail-lamps, pale green windows, gloss black base, 20-tread grey plastic wheels with crimped axles - Excellent to Excellent Plus with very thin factory paint finish/paint flaws to rear of body either side of numberplate along with some slight paint loss to body side raised outlines in Excellent Plus type B5 box with minor pencil graffiti to one picture face. Rare unlisted variation with crimped rather than rounded axles.
Estimate: £1,500 - £1,800
Sold For: £2,800
Matchbox Regular Wheels 20c Chevrolet Impala Taxi - Stannard Code 1 - orange-yellow body with taxi hood decal & smooth trunk interior, clear windows, ivory interior, bare metal base, 10 x 36-tread grey plastic wheels with factory spun axle ends - Excellent unboxed with some paint loss to body raised outlines. Rare initial production run.
Estimate: £500 - £700
Sold For: £500
Matchbox Regular Wheels 45b Ford Corsair factory pre-production colour trial - cream body without silver trim, (not pale yellow), clear windows, mint green interior (without front extensions), unspun bare metal base, 36-tread grey plastic wheels with unspun axle ends, complete with trial ivory plastic boat but missing roof-rack - Good Plus unboxed with some small tiny chips & paint loss to body raised outlines. Very rare pale green interior & ivory boat.
Estimate: £600 - £800
Sold For: £1,900