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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 is the Lesney produced Matchbox MB49-a-14 M3 Personnel Carrier in Olive.
|Nick Jones Code:||[NJ]49-a-17|
|Base Type:||Olive painted metal|
|Base Details:||"No 49" parallel to the rear axle, 4 lines of text: M3, Personnel Carrier, Made in England, By Lesney|
|Base Fitting:||2 pinched body marks and one body locating lug|
|Wheels:||Black plastic, 10mm x 36 treads, black plastic 7.5mm rear rollers, grey tracks, domed rounded axles|
|Issued:||1958 to 1967|
This version has no ejector ring in the cab area, front axle platform is in the forward position, there are no bogey wheel openings, and the shoulders are cast.