Matchbox 1-75: MB51-c AEC 8 Wheel Tipper

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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 MB51-c-15 AEC 8 Wheel Tipper in Yelow and Silver POINTER livery.

Stannard Code: 51-c-15
Schiffer Code: 51-c-8
Nick Jones Code: [NJ]51-c-18
Body Colour: Yellow and Silver
Glazing: Blue tinted
Trim: None
Base Type: Chrome plated plastic
Base Details: 2 lines of text under cab: Ergomatic, Cab AND 4 lines of text under rear tipper: Made in England, By Lesney, "Matchbox" Series No 51, 8 Wheel Tipper AND on 2 lines parallel with axles to front of tipper bed: Pat No., 1052960 AND on 3 lines parallel to axles at rear of tipper bed: © 1969, Lesney Prod, & Co Ltd
Base Fitting: 1 body locating lug (that forms the grille and lights) at front  and 1 machined rivet at rear holding cab base The tipper is held by riveted pin.
Wheels: Black plastic, 11.5mm x 45 treads, domed axles
Body Modifications: "Ergomatic Cab" on raised panel and molded tow slot on cab base, chassis thickened on left side by the hydrosleve, POINTER decals
Issued: 1969 to 1970

 

Item: 3697