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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 model is the Matchbox 5-C-6 Routemaster Bus in red. The bus has cross hatch roof underside, long axle carriers, and carries "BP Visco Static" decals. It comes with its original type D2 box (missing one end flap).
|Nick Jones Code:||[NJ]5-c-9|
|Trim:||Silver (Headlights and grille)|
|Base Type:||Red painted metal|
|Base Details:||Base has 3 lines of text at right angles to the front axles: "Routemaster, Made In, England, By Lesney" and the reference number "No. 5" parallel to the number plate at the front, forward of the axle.|
|Base Fitting:||Two body locating lugs|
|Wheels:||Black plastic 8mm x 18 tread, domed axles|
|Issued:||1961 to 1965 in Regular series|