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Part 2 of the Simon Hope Matchbox Collection which was held on the 24th of September featured over 420 lots of Matchbox Regular Wheels, including road and racing cars, emergency vehicles, bulldozers and constructions vehicles, ships and boats, buses, coaches and trams, and included rare unlisted stannard code models. The sale had fifteen models achieving four figure sums, and only one unsold, it realised a superb £115,500!

 

Matchbox Regular Wheels 20a ERF Dropside Lorry - Stannard Code 1 - pea green body with silver trim, body casting without rear cab brace, metal wheels with flat crimped axles - Mint but does have factory casting flaw to front nearside cab window pillar in Near Mint type B1 box. Very rare initial/trial run, the body mould was very quickly modified to include a brace between the cab & the dropside body for the subsequent full production runs of maroon coloured models.
Estimate: £3000 - £4000 Sold For: £6200
Matchbox Regular Wheels 45a Vauxhall Victor - Stannard Code 1 - red body with silver trim, without dashboard cross brace, matt black base, metal wheels with domed crimped axles - Near Mint with tiny chip to drivers door raised outline and tiny pin size chip to one rear tail-lamp along with minor box rubs to silver trim in Near Mint type B2 box with large model numbers to end flaps (has small minor stain to one picture face). Superb example of this rare model.
Estimate: £1800 - £2200 Sold For: £3600
Matchbox Regular Wheels 15b Rotinoff Super Atlantic Ballast Tractor - Stannard Code 1 - orange body with silver trim, gloss black base, 24-tread grey plastic wheels with crimped axles - Near Mint with a couple of minor box rubs to silver trim and chip to base (see photo) in Good Plus type B4 box.
Estimate: £1200 - £1400 Sold For: £2200
Matchbox Regular Wheels 23b Berkeley Cavalier Caravan - Stannard Code 10 - metallic green body & base, 20-tread grey plastic wheels with rounded axle - Mint apart factory casting flaw to right hand door in Near Mint earlier period type B1 box for No.23a Berkeley Cavalier Caravan. Outstanding example of this rare model which just needs a correct Period B5 box sorting.
Estimate: £800 - £1000 Sold For: £3000
Matchbox Regular Wheels 20c Chevrolet Impala Taxi - Stannard Code 1 - orange-yellow body with hood decal & smooth trunk/boot interior, clear windows, ivory interior, bare metal base, 36-tread grey plastic wheels - Mint apart from usual minor rub mark to leading edge of hood raised centre line in Near Mint "New Model" type E2 box. Superb example of this rare model.
Estimate: £1400 - £1600 Sold For: £1900
Matchbox Regular Wheels 72b Standard Jeep - unlisted Stannard Code - dark yellow body without hood interior post, white interior, gloss black base - Excellent Plus with a couple of tiny chips to rear loadbed & factory assembly damage to one front hub in generally Excellent Plus type E4 box with some minor staining to one picture face. Very rare model with white interior.
Estimate: £700 - £900 Sold For: £1900
Matchbox Regular Wheels 15a Diamond T Prime Mover - Stannard Code 1 - rare yellow body with silver trim, metal wheels with flat crimped axles - Excellent Plus with a few tiny pin size chips to edges of wings & rear body along with some box rubs to silver trim in Excellent Plus type B1 box. Still a nice example of this rare colour.
Estimate: £600 - £700 Sold For: £2300
Matchbox Regular Wheels 15a Diamond T Prime Mover - Stannard Code 4 - orange body with silver trim, 18-tread grey plastic wheels with crimped axles - Excellent Plus (virtually unmarked but does have paint loss to radiator & bumper silver trim) in Good Plus type B2 box with more detailed model illustration. Still a nice example of this rare issue.
Estimate: £300 - £400 Sold For: £1000
Matchbox Regular Wheels 33c Lamborghini Miura P400 - Stannard Code 2 - lemon yellow body, clear windows & engine cover, ivory interior, bare metal base, chrome hubs with black tyres - Mint apart from a couple of minor factory assembly marks to leading edge of nose in Near Mint to Mint type F2 box. Superb example of this rare model.
Estimate: £300 - £360 Sold For: £1900
Matchbox Regular Wheels 74a Mobile Refreshments Canteen - Stannard Code 8 - metallic silver body with long front window casting lines, type B hatch with single brace thin arms, type A mid blue base & interior with rounded towing bracket, 20-tread black plastic wheels - Near Mint to Mint with a couple of minor factory paint flaws to opening hatch & roof in generally Near Mint type D1 box printed by Pembroke Abbey but does have minor small puncture hole to one inner end flap. Superb example of this rare issue with 20-tread black plastic wheels.
Estimate: £300 - £400 Sold For: £1900
Matchbox Models of Yesteryear Y1 Allchin Traction Engine - Issue 2 - rare green boiler door, maroon wheels with bare metal straight rear treads & crimped axles - Mint apart from minor box rub marks to chimney gold trim in Good to Good Plus creased type C3 box. Superb example of this rare issue which just needs box upgrading.
Estimate: £120 - £150 Sold For: £2900
"Matchbox Regular 1/75 Series 1953-1969 Collectors Catalogue" - hard back ring binder book by Michael J Stannard - this is the detailed bible of Regular Wheel Models detailing the then known manufacturing variations - Excellent.
Estimate: £60 - £80 Sold For: £220