Specialist & Tinplate Toy Sale - Thursday 6th December 2018 HIGHLIGHTS
The Specialist & Tinplate toy sale started with 200 lots of tinplate & plastic, including Triang UK, Hong Kong Plastic, Japanese, European and American, friction drive, battery operated and clockwork toys. Including cars, lorry’s and trucks, boats and ships, aircraft, live steam models, plus novelty toys, gift, biscuit and sweet tins, Meccano and reference books. The sale followed with the Ex Lesney Matchbox Employee Collection which featured factory Pre-Production & colour trial Matchbox Superfast models, Brazilian Issue Models, Standard Production Issues, Unboxed Models and Regular Wheels.
Matchbox Superfast 21a Foden Concrete Mixer colour trial model - orange cab, dark yellow plastic barrel, turquoise green windows, bright red chassis, dark green plastic base, 5-spoke narrow wheels without tread pattern cast - overall Good Plus but does have some paint chips particularly to front & rear of model.
Matchbox Superfast 28a Mack Dump Truck twin pack Pre-production colour trial model - red cab & chassis, dark olive green tipper body, without windows fitted, red grille & base with rear axle brace and without model number cast, black dot-dash wheels with black twin rivet front axle clip - Near Mint unboxed.
Matchbox Superfast 35a Merryweather Marquis Fire Engine twin pack issue Pre-production colour trial - Military green body, light grey grille & base without model No.35 cast, 5-arch wheels with black twin rivet axle clips - Near Mint with slight paint blistering around cab windscreen front pillars.
Matchbox Superfast 46b Stretcha Fetcha Ambulance Pre-production colour trial - white body with Red Cross Ambulance labels, blue windows, pale yellow interior, metallic emerald green base with hand punched front rivet, Maltese Cross wheels - Excellent Plus in Good Plus "New" type I box.
Matchbox Superfast 55a Mercury Park Lane Police Car twin pack issue Pre-production trial model - white body with revised roof-light casting, red roof-lights, clear windows, ivory interior, bare metal base without model number cast, dot-dash wheels - Near Mint with slightly thin factory paint finish to both lower sides of body. Scarce model with trial red roof-lights.
Matchbox Superfast 67c Datsun 260Z - red body (a lighter shade than previous model), light amber windows, tan interior, gloss black base, wide dot-dash wheels (these wheels are a wider diameter than standard production fit) - overall Excellent but does have some factory paint flaws to rear of roof and a couple of paint chips to passenger side front wing & door touched in, axles are a little longer than usual.
Matchbox Superfast 71c Dodge Cattle Truck & Trailer twin pack issue Pre-production colour trial - white cab & chassis, dark yellow stake body, dark blue windows, white grille & base, black plastic tow hook, 5-crown wheels, trailer has white chassis, dark yellow stake body, black plastic base, 5-crown wheels, complete with one pair of black cattle attached to sprue - truck is Excellent with some chips to edge of roof and paint loss to front bumper, trailer Excellent Plus.
Matchbox Superfast 29b Racing Mini - metallic bronze body with orange outline racing number 29 door labels, clear windows, ivory interior, rare silver painted base, 5-spoke wide wheels -overall Excellent but does have some tiny chips to base - see photo.
Matchbox Superfast 29b Racing Mini - burnt orange body with orange outline racing number 29 door labels, clear windows, pale yellow interior, rare silver painted base, 5-spoke wide wheels - Excellent to Excellent Plus with a couple of tiny chips & factory assembly marks to base over axles, interior suspension clip has been assembled slightly off centre causing the model to lean a little to one side - see photo.
Matchbox Superfast 42b Tyre Fryer - metallic blue body, lemon yellow interior, rare dark red base, 5-spoke wheels - overall Excellent unboxed with some chips to hood & wing mirrors, chrome engine tarnished and steering wheel cast incomplete by the factory.
Matchbox Superfast 45a Ford Group 6 - metallic green body with square racing number 7 nose label, dark amber windows, ivory interior, chrome engine, sea green base, 5-spoke wide wheels - Excellent Plus (body & base unmarked but unfortunately glue starting to show through label which is discoloured) in Excellent Plus "New" type G box
Matchbox Superfast 64a MG1100 - metallic blue body, clear windows, ivory interior, bare metal base, 5-spoke wide wheels - overall Near Mint but interior is a little dusty/dirty from display. Exceptionally rare model with 5-spoke wide wheels the first we have seen.