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Part 2 of The Graham Hamilton Ultimate Picture Box Collection featured on the 29th of September, the first 440 lots included Matchbox Regular Wheels and Superfast models including road and racing cars, Emergency vehicles, buses and coaches, trucks, construction and Farm vehicles.  The sale also included pre-production colour trial models, rare variations and rare transitional models and boxes.

Matchbox Regular Wheels 53c Ford Zodiac pre-production colour trial - apple green body (same colour as Yesteryear Y3 Benz Limousine), clear windows, ivory interior, blue plastic engine (not chrome plated) held by type A blocks, bare metal base which has not been zinc plated with type A 5.5mm wide tow guide, 45-tread black plastic wheels - Excellent Plus with tiny chip to passenger side front wing & centre of roof in Excellent Plus "New Model" type E4® box illustrating lighter blue model with green tint.
Estimate: £600 - £800 Sold For: £7,000
Matchbox Regular Wheels 53c Ford Zodiac - Stannard Code 8 - metallic green body, clear windows, ivory interior, chrome engine held by type C blocks, bare metal base with type B 6mm wide tow guide held by factory hand punched rivet (see photo) - Near Mint in Excellent Plus type F2 box. Very rare transitional model. Provenance: previously the property of Lesney Artist Ron Jobson responsible for catalogue & box artwork from the late 1960's to 1970's period, sold by Aston's Auctioneers October 2011.
Estimate: £800 - £1,000 Sold For: £3,400
Matchbox Superfast 54c Ford Capri (Superfast 54b) pre-production colour trial - lemon yellow body without flared wheelarches, matt black hood, mulberry purple engine (not chrome plated), clear windows, ivory interior, bare metal base which has not been zinc plated, 5-spoke wide wheels (these are the standard width 5-spoke wide wheels not the extra wide wheels fitted to production versions of the Ford Capri) - overall Excellent Plus but does have a couple of tiny chips/rub marks to roof in Excellent a little creased "New" type H box.
Estimate: £500 - £700 Sold For: £5,800
Matchbox Regular Wheels 55a DUKW Amphibian - Stannard Code 4 - military green body, gloss black base, 18-tread black plastic wheels with rounded axles - Near Mint with tiny pin size chip to upper edge of rear loadbed probably caused during factory assembly in Excellent Plus rare late issue type D1 box printed by Pembroke Abbey with matching model artwork (box very clean but does have very minor small glue repair to one end flap). Very nice example of this rare box.
Estimate: £1,200 - £1,500 Sold For: £4,000
Matchbox Superfast 56c BMC Pininfarina (Superfast 56a) Pre-production colour trial - metallic silver body, clear windows, ivory interior, bare metal base without "Superfast" branding but otherwise as per final production specification, solid chrome disc narrow wheels - Excellent to Excellent Plus unboxed with small scratch to hood & some minor factory casting flaws to roof. Provenance: previously sold by Vectis Auctions Lot 412 in the 13th June 2017 sale.
Estimate: £400 - £500 Sold For: £2,600
Matchbox Regular Wheels unreleased No.59d Mercury Park Lane Fire Chief Car Pre-production colour trial - red body with hood & door labels, blue roof-light, clear windows, ivory interior, bare metal "1968 Mercury" base, chrome hubs with black plastic tyres, front bumper differs from the production Regular Wheel No.55d Mercury Park Lane Police Car & the later Superfast Police & Fire Chief Cars in having a deeper front bumper recess either side of the licence plate. Rare and now possibly unique factory trial model clearly intended to be released as a Regular Wheel model during 1969 but only released towards the end of 1970 as a Superfast Fire Chief Car. Provenance: previously part of the Lesney designer & model maker collection Peter Smith Collection sold at Stacy's Auctioneers July 2015.
Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000 Sold For: £5,400
Matchbox Superfast 62e Renault 17TL pre-production colour trial - lemon yellow body without raised hood bulge, turquoise green windows, ivory interior, matt black base with model number cast but with incomplete copyright date, base is also missing the cast raised detail both above & below the base text, 5-spoke wide wheels - Excellent with a few tiny pin size chips & factory casting flaws in Mint "New" type I box, also complete with cut down mid 1970's issue blister pack backing card illustrating this pre-production model. Interesting pre-production model showing the body originally had a Renault 15 design hood rather than the correct Renault 17 hood. Provenance: sold as part of the Peter Smith Collection, Lesney Designer & Model Maker, lot 2048 sold by Stacey's Auctioneers July 2015.
Estimate: £300 - £400 Sold For: £2,200
Matchbox Superfast 62c Mercury Cougar factory colour trial (Superfast 62a) - red body, clear windows, red interior, bare metal base which has not been zinc plated, large diameter hollow 5-spoke narrow wheels without tread pattern cast - Near Mint in Excellent Plus "New" type F2 transitional box. Provenance: sold as part of the Peter Smith Collection, Lesney Designer & Model Maker, lot 2032 sold by Stacey's Auctioneers July 2015.
Estimate: £500 - £700 Sold For: £6,400
Matchbox Regular Wheels 64b MG 1100 factory colour trial model - unlisted Stannard Code - metallic blue body with type B long interior retaining post, clear windows held by spun roof rivet, ivory interior, bare metal base, 11 x 45-tread black plastic wheels - Near Mint to Mint in Excellent type E4® box (does have what appears to be a pencil rather than ink cross to one striker side, one picture face has been signed by the artist Ron Jobson. Provenance: previously the property of Lesney Artist Ron Jobson responsible for catalogue and & box artwork from the late 1960's to the 1970's period sold by Astons Auctioneers October 2011. Although there is a crack to the base rivet this is a factory assembly flaw and has not been tampered with in any way, to produce the box artwork Lesney would send either a pre-production model or a standard Regular Wheel model with the new body colour to Rob Jobson so that the box proofing & printing could be carried out prior to models going into full production at the factory. This model remained in the artist's possession from late 1969 through to 2011 before passing into Graham's Collection and has the factory spun roof retaining rivet for the glazing unit associated with Regular Wheel & green Superfast models. Rare opportunity this being the only known genuine metallic blue Regular Wheel colour trial.
Estimate: £2,400 - £3,400 Sold For: £7,000
Matchbox Superfast 66a Citroen DS19 - Stannard Code 4 - yellow body with rear silver trim, gloss black base, 20-tread silver plastic wheels - Excellent with some paint chips/scratches to base along with paint flaws to roof in generally Good Plus clean but creased rare type D1 box printed by Pembroke Abbey with matching model artwork.
Estimate: £400 - £500 Sold For: £4,000