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The Specialist Matchbox Sale held on the 27th of April featured a large selection of usual suspects, including Regular Wheel and Superfast models, however the highlight of the sale was a number of pre-production and colour trial models from the 1970s which were consigned by two ex-Lesney employees, David Churcher and John Arnold.  

Matchbox Regular Wheels 15b Rotinoff Super Atlantic Ballast Tractor - Stannard Code 2 - rare matt orange body with silver trim, gloss black base, 24-tread grey plastic wheels with rounded axles - Excellent with just a few tiny pin size chips in Excellent Plus later period type D1 box printed by Pembroke Abbey. Still a nice example of this rare model.
Estimate: £800 - £1,000 Sold For: £2,500
Matchbox Regular Wheels 57b Chevrolet Impala - two-tone blue body without rear silver trim but with red tail lamps, turquoise green windows, maroon base, 20-tread silver plastic front wheels & 24-tread silver plastic rear wheels - Excellent Plus with factory casting flaw to trunk & some chips to base around rear axle channels (see extra photo) in Excellent Plus type D2 box printed by Bowaters. Very rare model with maroon base & factory error wheel mix.
Estimate: £600 - £800 Sold For: £2,800
Matchbox early Moko Lesney Toys tinplate clockwork "Jumbo The Walking Elephant" - Fair to Good (missing original cord tail and has some rusting to upper body, clockwork motor untested) in Good stained/discoloured from storage but complete with all end flaps & tabs.
Estimate: £300 - £360 Sold For: £1,800
Matchbox Superfast 56a BMC Pininfarina factory colour trial model - burnt orange body with low arches, ivory interior, bare metal base, solid 5-spoke narrow wheels with tread pattern cast - Excellent (model has some cracks roof, passenger side front wing & door paintwork caused by shrinkage of the paint over time) in Good Plus to Excellent "New" type G box (does have some red paint overspray spots to one striker side & one picture face).
Estimate: £500 - £600 Sold For: £1,600
Matchbox Superfast 29b Racing Mini factory colour trial model - metallic blue body (same colour as 25a Ford Cortina), with "STP" door labels (taken from the Racing Specials gift set accessory label sheet), clear windows, ivory interior, bare metal base, 5-spoke wide wheels - Good to Good Plus unboxed with some light play wear. Model consigned by ex-Lesney factory employee.
Estimate: £200 - £300 Sold For: £1,600
Matchbox Superfast 3c Porsche 911/930 Turbo - unusual metallic pearl brown body (this has a high metallic silver pearl sheen distinctly different from the standard production issue metallic brown body), clear windows, pale yellow interior, gloss black base, 50-arch wheels - Near Mint unboxed. Consigned by ex Lesney employee.
Estimate: £40 - £50 Sold For: £440
Matchbox Superfast 11c Bedford Car Transporter - factory pre-production colour trial - lemon yellow cab & chassis, dark blue upper deck & frame with 3 x light blue plastic Cars, very rare clear windows, matt black base with incomplete copyright date & without model number cast, base without front tow guide cast, dot-dash wheels - Near Mint with minor mark to left hand upper edge of top deck apart from cars which are discoloured and only Good to Excellent. Consigned by ex Lesney employee.
Estimate: £300 - £400 Sold For: £1,400
Matchbox Superfast 45b BMW 3.0 CSL pre-production colour trial - metallic jade green body, dark amber windows, red interior, bare metal base which has not been zinc plated, 5-arch wheels - Excellent Plus with some factory paint flaws to roof. Consigned by ex Lesney employee.
Estimate: £300 - £360 Sold For: £1,800
Matchbox Superfast 49c Crane Truck factory pre-production colour trial - white cab & chassis, metallic emerald green crane with dark yellow jib, black plastic hook, dark green windows, black plastic base, 5-arch wheels - overall Excellent but does have a few tiny chips. Striking colour trial consigned by ex Lesney employee.
Estimate: £200 - £300 Sold For: £1,600
Matchbox Superfast 54c Military Personnel Carrier factory pre-production colour trial - metallic emerald green body, olive green plastic Soldiers & roof mounted Gun, clear windows, metallic emerald green base with incomplete copyright date & without model number cast, base is also without the "Personnel Carrier" text, chrome dot-dash wheels - overall Excellent unboxed but does have large scratch below left hand cab door. Consigned by ex Lesney employee.
Estimate: £200 - £300 Sold For: £1,000