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The Philippe Sergeant Matchbox collection held on the 29th of January featured over 300 lots of Regular Wheels plus some further Superfast models. The collection included a number of rare and sought-after models, including a 62c Mercury Cougar (Stannard code 1), which received a lot of interest as one has not been through a Vectis auction for a number of years; plus another chance to purchase a 34b Volkswagen Caravette. There were variations of the 13d Dodge BP Wreck truck, and 71c Ford Esso Heavy Wreck Truck plus some further interesting colour and base, model variations.

 

Matchbox Regular Wheels 62c Mercury Cougar - Stannard Code 1 - deep cream body, clear windows without rear view mirror cast to windscreen, ivory interior, bare metal base, chrome hubs with black plastic tyres - Good Plus in Good to Good Plus "New Model" type E4® box. Exceptionally rare model which still displays well.
Estimate: £2400 - £2800 Sold For: £7000
Matchbox Regular Wheels 13d Dodge BP Wreck Truck - unlisted Stannard Code - green cab & type B jibs with lower brace, dark red plastic hook, amber roof-light, turquoise green windows, lemon yellow rear body & base with BP labels, 45-tread black plastic wheels with crimped axles - Excellent Plus with 4 tiny chips to rear edges of body & left hand label discoloured/faded in Excellent type F2 box. Very rare factory painted model dating from the 1970 with the harder to find amber roof-light.
Estimate: £2000 - £2400 Sold For: £5400
Matchbox Regular Wheels 45a Vauxhall Victor - Stannard Code 1 - red body with silver trim, without dashboard cross brace, matt black base, metal wheels - Good Plus to Excellent but does have paint loss to body raised outlines & some factory casting flaws to base (see extra photos) in Excellent later period type B5 box printed by Pembroke Abbey.
Estimate: £1500 - £1800 Sold For: £2700
Matchbox Regular Wheels 34b Volkswagen Caravette - Stannard Code 1 - pale green body with silver trim to VW nose emblem only (headlamps remain body colour), opening side doors with type A flat interior faces & type A wide door box, pale green windows, dark green interior & twin rivet base, 9 x 20-tread silver plastic wheels - overall Excellent but does have paint loss to base lettering (see extra photo) in Good Plus "New Model" type C Lesney box without printers identification. Very rare model with silver plastic wheels.
Estimate: £900 - £1200 Sold For: £2000
Matchbox Regular Wheels 13d Dodge BP Wreck Truck - Stannard Code 1 - green cab & type A crane jib with narrow base end, silver trim to grille, headlamps & front registration plate, turquoise green windows, red roof-light, lemon yellow rear body & base, unusually fitted with decals from No.25c Bedford TK BP Tanker rather than the white background decals normally associated with this model, grey plastic hook - Good with some play wear, edges of rear body have been repainted, upper jib brace is not original to the model but has been fabricated & glued into position, base loose and the glazing unit & roof-light have been previously been glued into position in Good Plus a little creased & stained "New Model" type E2 box illustrating correct reverse colour model. Although model is play worn with some repainting/restoration this is a genuine factory produced reverse colour wreck truck interestedly fitted with No.25c decals.
Estimate: £500 - £600 Sold For: £1600
Matchbox Regular Wheels 11a ERF Tanker - unlisted Stannard Code - red body with gold trim, tank has large Esso decals to both sides (see extra photo), round chassis brace, metal wheel with flat crimped axles - Excellent Plus with box rub marks to both decals in Good Plus type B1 box with later more detailed model illustration (scuff marks to edges of box have been touched in using blue ink).
Estimate: £400 - £500 Sold For: £900
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, pale green windows, gloss black base, 20-tread grey plastic wheels with rounded axles - Good to Good Plus with some light play wear. Very rare model to find in any condition.
Estimate: £400 - £500 Sold For: £1400
Matchbox Regular Wheels 19c Aston Martin DBR5 Racing Car - unlisted Stannard Code - metallic green body with racing number 3 decals, grey plastic driver, gloss black base, wire wheels - overall Near Mint but please note driver has been glued into position in Near Mint type D1 box printed by Pembroke Abbey.
Estimate: £200 - £260 Sold For: £620
Matchbox Regular Wheels 22c Pontiac GP Coupe - Stannard Code 6 - red body with roof stud, clear windows, grey interior with metal door springs, gloss black base with patent number & tow guide - Near Mint (passenger door does not quite sit flush with body when closed) in generally Good Plus a little creased rare type F2 box with some felt tip pen graffiti to one end flap.
Estimate: £400 - £500 Sold For: £800
Matchbox Regular Wheels 26b Foden Cement Mixer - Stannard Code 1 - orange body with silver trim, dark grey plastic barrel, without chassis braces, 9 x 20-tread grey plastic wheels - overall Excellent but does have some scratches & crack to plastic barrel in Excellent Plus "New Model" type C Lesney box printed by Pembroke Abbey.
Estimate: £260 - £300 Sold For: £500
Matchbox Regular Wheels 46b Guy Removal Van Promotional issue "Beales-Bealesons" - Stannard Code 21 - tan detailed body without silver trim, gloss black base, 9 x 36-tread black plastic wheels - Near Mint with small chip to bottom edge of right hand decal (see extra photo) & usual small factory assembly paint chip to top edge of radiator in Fair to Good discoloured from storage but still complete plain white card box with "It's a Pleasure" label to one side only. Still a nice example.
Estimate: £400 - £500 Sold For: £800