Matchbox 1-75: MB29-a-1 Bedford Milk Delivery Van

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I now code all my Matchbox Regular Series 1-75 models against the Stannard's Collectors Catalogue [ISBN 0-9510367-O-X] which covers the years 1953 to 1969 and is based on Stannard's extensive knowledge of the 1-75 series, contributions from Ray Bush, Phillip Bowdidge, Robert Newson and Paul Carr, and the access, granted to him by Matchbox, to Matchbox Toys Limited's archives and production collection. Wherever possible I will also include the relevant reference obtained from Schiffer's Matchbox Toys [ISBN 0-916838-74-9] and other major reference publications. I also use Nick Jones' excellent site to further refine the codings – these codes are identified by the use of [NJ] alongside them.

This model is the Matchbox 29-a-1 Bedford Milk Delivery Van in pale brown.

The model has no opening parts. The grille, lights, and front bumper are molded into the body casting and picked out in silver paint. The rear load is white and is part of the base casting. This model has no glazing.

Stannard Code: 29-a-1
Schiffer Code: 29-a-1
Nick Jones Code: [NJ]29-a-1
Body Colour: Pale Brown
Glazing: None
Trim: Silver grille, headlights, and front bumper
Base Type: White metal casting
Details: White load cast into base upper. 3 lines of text under the cab roof: Made in, England, By Lesney; 2 lines of text under crate load: No. 29, Bedford
Base Fitting: Single front machined rivet and single rear body locating lug
Wheels: Grey metal 10.5mm x 24 tread, flat head, crimped axles
Interior: None.
Issued: 1955 to 1961 in Regular series, originally issued in a type B2, B4, or B5 box


Item: 3698