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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 MB50-b-2 John Deere Tractor in Green.
|Nick Jones Code:||[NJ]50-b-2|
|Trim:||Silver grille only|
|Base Details:||2 lines of text at right angles to the left rear axle: Matchbox, Series; 2 lines of text at right angles to the right rear axle: Lesney, England;and one line of text by the front axle: No. 50.|
|Base Fitting:||1 machined rivet at rear and 1 body locating lug at front|
|Wheels:||Yellow plastic 6mm hubs with Black plastic 13mm tyres on front, Yellow plastic 9.5mm hubs with black plastic 22mm x 24 tread tyres on rear, domed axles|
|Issued:||1964 to 1969 in Regular series|