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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 MB40-c-1 Hay Trailer in Dark Blue with yellow raves.
|Nick Jones Code:||[NJ]40-c-6|
|Body Colour:||Dark Blue|
|Base Details:||Body type 2 with rack pin holes all the way through and rack clip; Base type 1 with hexagonal center, rack pin holes and high "A"; 5 lines of text at right angles to the rear axle: Made in England, By Lesney, Hay Trailer, No.40, "Matchbox" Series; and one line of text parallell to the front axle on the towing arm: No. 40.|
|Base Fitting:||1 machined rivet holding swiveling tow arm|
|Wheels:||Yellow plastic 6mm hubs, Black plastic 13mm tyres, domed axles|
|Issued:||1967 to 1970 in Regular series, 1970 -1980s in Superfast series|