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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 MB31-c-2 Lincoln Continental in Metallic Blue.
|Nick Jones Code:||[NJ]31-c-2|
|Body Colour:||Metallic Blue|
|Base Details:||Body type with 3.5mm boot hinge and flush(?) ejector ring, Base with tow slot; cast [LX952] number plates; 4 lines of text at right angles to the rear axle: Made in England, By Lesney, "Matchbox" Series No. 31 and "Lincoln Continental".|
|Base Fitting:||2 machined rivets|
|Wheels:||Black plastic 10mm x 36 tread, domed axles|
|Issued:||1964 to 1970 in Regular series|