Part 1 of The John Watkins Matchbox Collection which was held on the 30th of July, was a phenomenal sale, with some fantastic prices realised. The private owner collection featured over 500 lots of Matchbox Regular Wheels, Gift Sets and more. The collection included pre-production models, factory colour trials, promotional issues and rare colour and wheel variations. There were a number of interesting lots and a remarkable seventeen lots achieved over 4 figures. The collection included boxed and unboxed models, single lots to groups and there was something for every level of collector.
Matchbox Regular Wheels 13d Dodge BP Wreck Truck - Stannard Code 1 - dark green cab with silver trim to grille, headlamps & front numberplate, dark green type A jibs with thin base, grey plastic hook, red roof-light, turquoise green windows, BP decals, lemon yellow rear body & base, 45-tread black plastic wheels - overall Good Plus with some light play wear along with some small areas of repainting in generally Good Plus creased later period type E2 box without "New Model" lettering to end flaps (reference label to one end flap, the opposite end flap has "grey hook" added in ink. Very genuine issue reverse colour Wreck Truck which still displays well.
Estimate: £2500 - £2800
Sold For: £4200
Matchbox Regular Wheels 14c Bedford Lomas Ambulance - Stannard Code 1 - off-white body with roof cross guide lines cast & ed roof cross decal, type A early pattern silver trim in solid rectangular block from grille & front bumper with rare red roof cross decal, cream interior, type A base interior without round block, gloss black base, 9.5 x 20-tread black plastic wheels - Excellent Plus with a couple of tiny paint chips to edges of roof in Excellent Plus "New Model" type C Lesney box printed by Pembroke Abbey. Very rare initial production run with Red Cross roof decal.
Estimate: £500 - £700
Sold For: £5600
Matchbox Regular Wheels 15a Diamond T Prime Mover - Stannard Code 1 - yellow body with silver trim, metal wheels with flat crimped axles - Excellent Plus with a couple of tiny pin size chips & minor usual box rubs to front silver trim in Excellent Plus type B1 box. Very nice example which displays well.
Estimate: £800 - £1000
Sold For: £2300
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 with a couple of tiny pin size chips to right hand rear ramp, left hand rear ramp has small factory casting flaw in Good Plus type B5 box with glue repair to one inner end flap & tear to one end flap. Rare issue with these larger diameter 8mm grey plastic wheels which just needs its box upgrading.
Estimate: £600 - £700
Sold For: £1500
Matchbox Regular Wheels 25c Bedford TK BP Tanker - Stannard Code 1 - without silver trim, 45-tread grey plastic wheels - Excellent Plus (red ink or paint to interior) in Good Plus type E4 box with large surface tear to one striker side where price label removed.
Estimate: £400 - £460
Sold For: £2900
Matchbox Regular Wheels 25d Ford Cortina - unlisted Stannard Code - metallic blue body, glazing unit has round hole but roof without retaining rivet cast, ivory interior, bare metal base, 36-tread black plastic wheels - Mint in Excellent Plus type F2 box (box clean & crisp but unfortunately has some black felt tip pen marks to upper edge of one picture face). Very rare transitional model with Superfast colour body.
Estimate: £800 - £1000
Sold For: £6800
Matchbox Regular Wheels 34b Volkswagen Caravette - Stannard Code 1 - pale green body with silver trim, turquoise green windows, dark green interior & twin rivet base, 9 x 20-tread silver plastic wheels - Excellent Plus with a few tiny pin size chips to body raised outlines in Excellent Plus "New Model" type C Lesney box without printers identification (does have some minor marks to striker sides but otherwise very clean & crisp box). Very rare model with 20-tread silver plastic wheels.
Estimate: £1000 - £1200
Sold For: £2100
Matchbox Regular Wheels 36c Opel Diplomat Pre-production trial model - pastel green body without silver trim, clear windows, white interior, grey engine, grey plastic base, 36-tread black plastic wheels - Good Plus to Excellent with some small paint chips but still displays nicely in Excellent Plus type E3 box illustrating correct colour of model - very rare factory pre-production colour trial with grey plastic base.
Estimate: £2500 - £3000
Sold For: £11000
Matchbox Regular Wheels 44c GMC Refrigerator Truck - factory colour trial model - green cab & chassis, white grille & cab base without tow guide, metallic silver container body without rear door stop cast, white plastic rear opening door, turquoise green windows, 40-tread black plastic wheels. Model differs from production versions in having a smooth plastic cab base with model No.44 cast rather than production versions which have a cab base with raised ridge lines & "GMC" cast along with thin rather than thick axle braces - Good Plus with paint chips to container & minor damage to corner of front bumper in Excellent type E4® box illustrating correct colour of model without "New Model" lettering.
Estimate: £2200 - £2600
Sold For: £5800
Matchbox Regular Wheels 45b Ford Corsair - Stannard Code 6 - pale yellow body with silver trim to headlamps & front grille, clear windows, rare white interior with front extensions, bare metal base, 36-tread black plastic wheels, complete with boat & roof-rack - Excellent with some tiny chips to raised edge of left hand side front & rear wings and scratch to roof in Good type F2 box (missing one inner end flap). Very rare model with white interior.
Estimate: £1500 - £1800
Sold For: £2500
Matchbox Regular Wheels 50a Commer Pick-up Truck - Stannard Code 9 - red body with mask sprayed silver trim to grille & headlamps only, off-white cab roof & loadbed, gloss black base, 20-tread silver plastic wheels - Mint apart from a couple of minor factory paint flaws to left hand rear wing in Excellent Plus type C Lesney box printed by Pembroke Abbey. Superb example of this rare colour.
Estimate: £800 - £1000
Sold For: £2200
Matchbox Regular Wheels Presentation Set No.3 containing Regular Wheel models 17a to 24a. (1) 17a Bedford Removals Van - Stannard Code 8 - green type D body with silver trim, metal wheels with flat crimped axles - Excellent Plus in Good type B2 box with small model numbers to end flaps (2 inner end flaps detached but still present within box); (2) 18a Caterpillar Bulldozer - Stannard Code 1 - metal rollers with original & pliable green rubber tracks - Near Mint with chip to top of exhaust stack in Good Plus type B2 box with small model numbers to end flaps; (3) 19a MG TD - Stannard Code 2 - off-white body with silver trim, tan driver, red seats, metal wheels with flat crimped axles - Excellent with some small chips particularly to top of windscreen in Good type B2 box with large model numbers to end flaps (tear to one end flap); (4) 20a ERF Dropside Lorry - Stannard Code 3 - maroon body with silver trim, metal wheels with flat crimped axles - Good Plus in Excellent Plus type B1 box; (5) 21a Bedford Duple Luxury Coach - Stannard Code 1 - green body with silver trim, metal wheels with flat crimped axles - Near Mint with a couple of tiny chips to decals in Near Mint type B2 box with large model numbers to end flaps; (6) 22a Vauxhall Cresta - Stannard Code 1 - dark red body with off-white roof, matt black base with front axle brace, metal wheels with flat crimped axles - Excellent Plus (factory silver paint mark to rear wing) in Good type B2 box with large model numbers to end flaps (tape repair to one end flap); (7) 23b Berkeley Cavalier Caravan - Stannard Code 2 - pale blue body & base with single ejector ring, metal wheels with flat crimped axle - Good Plus in Good Plus type B2 box with large model numbers to end flaps; (8) 24a Weatherill Hydraulic Excavator - Stannard Code 1 - orange-yellow body with silver trim, metal wheels with flat crimped axles - Excellent in Excellent Plus to Near Mint type B2 box with large model numbers to end flaps, outer box is Good Plus to Excellent with a couple of small tears to corners & price label to one end flap which is covering a small surface tear where a previous price label has been removed, colour illustration is Near Mint. Extremely rare set to find in any condition.
Estimate: £4000 - £5000
Sold For: £8500