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The Matchbox Sale to be held on the 24th of May started with 200 lots of boxed and unboxed models, single and group lots of Matchbox Superfast, including, German market issues, promotional and twin pack issues, American vehicles, Super Kings, Speed Kings, lapel badges, Skybusters and counter displays. The sale also included The Paul Carr Regular Wheels collection of early promotional issues, blister packs, accessory and major packs, Gift sets, empty boxes and printed card roadway. The collection featured a fantastic selection of pre-production and colour factory trials plus a rare experimental trial model. 

Matchbox Regular Wheels 5d London Routemaster Bus promotional issue - Stannard Code 15 with "Pegram Shopfitters" labels, white interior, type D base with front axle braces - Good Plus with some small paint chips & marks to labels in Good type E4® box. Very rare model with authentic labels.
Estimate: £300 - £400 Sold For: £1,200
Matchbox Regular Wheels 7c Ford D800 Refuse Track factory pre-production colour trial - red cab & chassis, darker grey plastic container body with type A rear hinge, type A rear loading hatch with grooved toe & without rear cut-out, gloss black grille & base, 45-tread black plastic wheels - Good Plus with some paint chips (base rivets have been lightly stamped by the factory resulting in the base being slightly loose) in generally Good Plus a little creased with small tear to one end flap "New Model" type E4 box.
Estimate: £300 - £400 Sold For: £900
Matchbox Regular Wheels 14c Bedford Lomas Ambulance factory colour trial - pale blue body (same colour as 7b Ford Anglia) - with off-white rear doors, without silver trim, white interior, bare metal un-spun base, with type B interior brace which has not been zinc plated, 20-tread silver plastic wheels - Fair unboxed.
Estimate: £50 - £70 Sold For: £680
Matchbox Regular Wheels 35c Merryweather Marquis Fire Engine factory pre-production colour trial (this was released as a Superfast rather than Regular Wheel model) - metallic silver body without labels fitted, clear windows & roof lights, white plastic ladder, black plastic grille & base, chrome plastic hubs with black tyres. Model differs from the standard Superfast production issue in the following ways: body casting is without the roof chequer plate detail to rear and has thin rather than thick ladder retaining lugs & roof light openings, lower edge body between the wheel arches is flat without any raised sill, rear of body has 4 x cast open rectangular hose lockers above the plastic insert (these are cast shut on Superfast models), smooth base without any copyright date & without "Pat App" cast to rear, the body side lockers are cast as 2 x separate lockers rather than cast together with a raised upper panel - body is Near Mint to Mint, glazing unit Excellent with some scratches to windscreen, base also Excellent with left hand corner of front bumper missing, please note glazing unit has not been factory spun down but can be clipped securely into position, base also appears to have been factory spun but does not retain the plastic base in position which is now loose.
Estimate: £1,400 - £1,800 Sold For: £2,700
Matchbox Regular Wheels 22b Vauxhall Cresta - Stannard Code 9 - pale pink body with turquoise side panels, without rear silver trim but with red tail-lamps, front silver trim extends to grille only (headlamps & front bumper remain body colour), gloss black base, 20-tread grey plastic wheels - Fair play worn. Rare model to find in any condition.
Estimate: £50 - £70 Sold For: £520
Matchbox Regular Wheels 25b Volkswagen Beetle - unconfirmed Stannard Code - metallic silver-blue body with rear silver trim but without red tail-lamps, turquoise green windows, gloss black base, 9.5 x 20-tread grey plastic wheels - Mint complete with Mint type D1 box in Fair early 1963 issue Fred Bronner US Issue blister pack (backing card discoloured & creased with a couple of small tears to edge, blister still factory sealed but has creasing & splits to both top corners). Very are early issue blister pack the first we have offered for sale.
Estimate: £700 - £900 Sold For: £6,800
Matchbox Regular Wheels 26c GMC Tipper Truck - factory Pre-production colour trial - blue cab with hand applied silver trim, dark green windows, tan tipper body with off-white tailgate, green chassis - overall Excellent but does have some small paint chips in Good clean but creased "New Model" short type E4® box with original retailers price label to one picture face.
Estimate: £600 - £800 Sold For: £2,100
Matchbox Regular Wheels 30c Faun Crane factory pre-production colour trial - dark graphite cab & chassis without rear brace, hand painted blue roof lights, silver jib with grey plastic double arm hook, bare metal base without tow guide, both the base & crane rivets have been hand stamped rather than factory spun (see extra photo) - cab & chassis are Near Mint with tiny chip to rear bumper, jib is Good Plus with some paint loss.
Estimate: £600 - £800 Sold For: £3,400
Matchbox Regular Wheels 44a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud - Stannard Code 10 - metallic light silver-blue body with mask sprayed front & rear silver trim but without red tail lamps, gloss black base, 24-tread silver plastic wheels - Near Mint (minor surface rust to front axle end) complete with Mint type D1 box in Good factory sealed 1963 US issue blister pack with some staining/discolouration to rear of backing card and creasing to blister.
Estimate: £400 - £600 Sold For: £3,000
Matchbox Regular Wheels factory pre-production model makers prototype model of an AEC Cement Silo Truck which uses the cab & chassis of 51c AEC Tipper Truck - orange cab & chassis, chrome grille & base without tow guide, handmade orange rear cement silos & ladder catwalk, black plastic wheels with factory crimped axle ends - Excellent with some paint loss to cab roof.
Estimate: £500 - £700 Sold For: £2,300
Matchbox Regular Wheels 73c Mercury Commuter Station Wagon Factory Pre-Production Trial Model - unlisted Stannard Code - brown PLASTIC BODY with woodgrain effect, body has high arches & without fuel filler cap cast, clear windows, ivory interior, bare metal un-spun base with "Mercury" on raised platform, chrome hubs with black plastic tyres - Excellent Plus with some factory casting flaws around wheel arches & edges of roof, right hand rear wheel also has some chrome loss. Very rare experimental factory trial model with plastic body which interestingly shows that the factory had mastered the "woodgrain" effect a number of years before this technique was used on the Models of Yesteryear range.
Estimate: £800 - £1,000 Sold For: £1,400
Matchbox Regular Wheels 68b Mercedes Coach factory pre-production colour trial - red body with cast open axles, white roof which has been hand painted cream, turquoise green windows, unconfirmed colour interior which has been hand painted brown, 36-tread black plastic wheels with factory hand crimped axle ends, paint has been carefully scratched away from front & rear bumpers, registration plates & Mercedes badges along with door & luggage storage locker handles - Excellent unboxed. Interesting model fitted with turquoise green rather than the production spec clear windows.
Estimate: £300 - £400 Sold For: £2,000