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The Matchbox Sale held on the 15th of June featured 413 lots of Matchbox models and ephemera, plus The Calgary Collection, a private owner collection of Regular Wheels and Superfast models, boxes and gift sets. The sale included groups and single lots of Matchbox Models of Yesteryear, including code 2 and 3 models; retail ephemera, catalogues, models from the Giftware series, Super Kings; boxed, blister pack and gift sets from Superfast, and empty box groups.

 

Matchbox Regular Wheels 53a Aston Martin DB2/4 - metallic silver-green body with mask sprayed front & rear silver trim and mask sprayed red tail lamps, gloss black base, 24-tread grey plastic wheels with rounded axles - Excellent Plus with some factory paint/casting flaws to roof in Near Mint scarce type B4 box.
Estimate: £40 - £50 Sold For: £200
Matchbox Models of Yesteryear Transpalite Cigarette Lighter (unknown manufacturer) containing Y14 1911 Maxwell Roadster - turquoise body and chassis (without canopy), brass 12-spoke wheels and parts and copper petrol tank and exhaust, approx length 17cm with inbuilt lighter slot contains original lighter - generally Excellent unboxed.
Estimate: £70 - £90 Sold For: £850
Matchbox Models of Yesteryear Lesney Giftware Series - Leland Industries, Y2 1914 Prince Henry Vauxhall - red, silver bonnet, off-white seats, brass parts and 26-spoke wheels mounted within glass bottle sealed with cork - generally Excellent although has suffered usual problems due to original production process, mounted on wooden stand with nameplate, also comes with original lift off lid buff coloured box with label to one end which is generally Good Plus.
Estimate: £60 - £80 Sold For: £320
Matchbox Models of Yesteryear Y5 1927 Talbot Van "Hotel Excelsior" - burgundy body, glossy black chassis, matt black roof, black seat, chrome grille and parts, chrome 12-spoke wheels with screwed base - Preproduction handmade model at a French warehouse as a project for a French release in this series, it was deleted and eventually replaced by the "Menier Chocolate" in blue - interesting piece of history - can be seen in the "Matchbox History Book" 1994 page 8 - generally Near Mint unboxed.
Estimate: £50 - £70 Sold For: £400
Matchbox Models of Yesteryear Y4 1905 Shand Mason Horsedrawn Fire Engine - fire engine red body, grey horses with dark grey mane and tail, brass boiler and pump, type A ashcan to footplate, type A hose locker sides, type 1 drawbar, 3 black plastic crew members and Kent type 1 logos - rare issue - coloured mark to rear of driver - otherwise Excellent Plus superb example in a Good type C box.
Estimate: £120 - £140 Sold For: £520
Matchbox Models of Yesteryear Y6 1916 AEC "Y" type Lorry - "Osram Lamps" - light grey body and chassis, silver radiator shell, light grey driver and steering wheel, black solid plastic wheels, crimped axles - extremely rare issue (previously sold through Vectis) - Excellent Plus clean bright example in a Good Plus type A box.
Estimate: £600 - £800 Sold For: £4,600
Matchbox Regular Wheels group of Original Empty Boxes. Type B3 box for 15a Diamond T Prime Mover; type B4 box for 16b Super Atlantic Low Loader Trailer; type B5 boxes for 58a BEA Airport Coach and 60a Morris J2 Pick-up Truck without printers identification (these are early type B5 boxes with red "Reg US Pat Off" & "Made in England" text to top of one picture face only); type B5 boxes without printers identification for 40a Bedford Tipper Truck, 61a Ferret Scout Car, 71a Austin Military Water Tanker and 73a RAF Pressure Refueller; type B5 boxes printed by Pembroke Abbey for 54a Saracen Armoured Personnel Carrier & 68a Austin Military Radio Truck - Good Plus to Near Mint.
Estimate: £130 - £170 Sold For: £320
Matchbox Regular Wheels group of Original Empty Boxes with large model numbers to end flaps for No.17a/17b Bedford Removals Van and 21b Bedford Coach; type B2 box with large thin model numbers to end flaps for 33a Ford Zodiac and type B3 boxes for 25a Bedford CA Dunlop Van, 34a Volkswagen Transporter Van, 42a Bedford CA Evening News Van, 51a Albion Chieftain Cement Truck and 55a DUKW Amphibian.
Estimate: £140 - £170 Sold For: £600
Matchbox Superfast group of Cars in transitional boxes. (1) 14a Iso Grifo - metallic dark blue body, clear windows, light blue interior, bare metal base, solid 5-spoke narrow wheels with tread pattern cast - Excellent with a few tiny chips particularly to leading edge of nose & chrome loss to passenger side rear wheel in Good type F2 transitional box illustrating Regular Wheel model with red Superfast branding & line drawing of model on Superfast track to one striker side (box clean but unfortunately one end flap is creased & torn); (2) 15a Volkswagen Beetle Rally Car - off white body with racing number 137 door labels & Monte Carlo Rally front bumper decal, clear windows, ivory interior, bare metal base with single rear bumper, solid 5-spoke narrow wheels with tread pattern cast - Excellent with a few tiny chips (chip to passenger side front wing touched in) in Fair to Good creased but still complete "New" type F1 transitional box illustrating Regular Wheel model with red Superfast branding and line drawing of model on Superfast track to both striker sides; (3) 53a Ford Zodiac - lime green body with high arches, clear windows, ivory interior, bare metal base, 5-spoke wide wheels - Mint in Fair to Good type F3 transitional box (one inner end flap detached but still present). (3)
Estimate: £80 - £100 Sold For: £400
Matchbox Superfast 68a Porsche 910 colour trial - off-white body (not pure white), light amber windows, ivory interior, bare metal base, solid 5-spoke narrow wheels with tread pattern cast - Good Plus with a few small paint chips, wheels also have either chrome loss or additional silver/chrome over spray complete with Near Mint flat-packed unfolded "New" type G box.
Estimate: £80 - £100 Sold For: £320