Matchbox 1-75: MB39-c Ford Tractor

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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 MB39-c-1 Ford Tractor in Blue and Yellow.

Stannard Code: 39-c-1
Schiffer Code: 39-c-1
Nick Jones Code: [NJ]39-c-14
Body Colour: Blue with yellow front
Glazing: None
Trim: None
Base Type: None
Base Details: 3.5 mm ejector on right; thick tow hook; 4mm exhaust stack; 2 lines of text at right angles to the left rear axle: Lesney, England; 2 lines of text at right angles to the right rear axle: Ford Tractor; 3 lines of text in centre middle: Matchbox, Series, No 39; and one line of text by the front rivet: (A).
Base Fitting: 2 machined rivets holding other body components
Wheels: Yellow plastic 6mm hubs with Black plastic 13mm tyres on front, Yellow plastic 9.5mm hubs with black plastic 22mm x 30 tread tyres on rear, domed axles
Interior: None
Issued: 1967 to 1970 in Regular series, 1970 - 1973 in Superfast series

Item: 3313

 


This is the Lesney produced Matchbox MB39-c-2 Ford Tractor in Blue and Yellow.

Stannard Code: 39-c-2
Schiffer Code: 39-c-2
Nick Jones Code: [NJ]39-c-5
Body Colour: Blue with yellow front
Glazing: None
Trim: None
Base Type: None
Base Details: 3.5 mm ejector on left; thick tow hook; 5mm exhaust stack; 2 lines of text at right angles to the left rear axle: Lesney, England; 2 lines of text at right angles to the right rear axle: Ford Tractor; 3 lines of text in centre middle: Matchbox, Series, No 39; and one line of text by the front rivet: (A).
Base Fitting: 2 machined rivets holding other body components
Wheels: Yellow plastic 6mm hubs with Black plastic 13mm tyres on front, Yellow plastic 9.5mm hubs with black plastic 22mm x 30 tread tyres on rear, domed axles
Interior: None
Issued: 1967 to 1970 in Regular series, 1970 - 1973 in Superfast series

Item: 3042

 


This is the Lesney produced Matchbox MB39-c-6 Ford Tractor in Mid Blue.

Stannard Code: 39-c-6
Schiffer Code: 39-c-6
Nick Jones Code: [NJ]39-c-18-b
Body Colour: Mid Blue
Glazing: None
Trim: None
Base Type: None
Base Details: 3.0 mm ejector on right; thick tow hook; 5mm exhaust stack; 2 lines of text at right angles to the left rear axle: Lesney, England; 2 lines of text at right angles to the right rear axle: Ford Tractor; 3 lines of text in centre middle: Matchbox, Series, No 39; and one line of text by the front rivet: (A).
Base Fitting: 2 machined rivets holding other body components
Wheels: Yellow plastic 6mm hubs with Black plastic 13mm tyres on front, Yellow plastic 9.5mm hubs with black plastic 22mm x 30 tread tyres on rear, domed axles
Interior: None
Issued: 1967 to 1970 in Regular series, 1970 - 1973 in Superfast series

Item: 3314