Matchbox 1-75: MB54-b Cadillac SS Ambulance

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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 54-b-3 Cadillac SS Ambulance in white. The ambulance has the small labels, Rear axle platform, long rivet socket, and white interior.

Stannard Code: 54-b-3
Schiffer Code: 54-b-3
Nick Jones Code: [NJ]54-b-6
Body Colour: White
Glazing: Blue
Trim: Silver (Headlights and grille)
Base Type: Black painted metal
Base Details: Base has 6 lines of text at right angles to the axles: "Made In, England, By Lesney" on two lines at the centre top, "Matchbox Series, No. 54" on two lines at the centre middle, and "S&S Cadillac Ambulance" on two lines at the centre bottom.
Base Fitting: One machined rivet and one body locating lug.
Wheels: Black plastic 10mm x 36 tread, domed axles
Interior: White
Issued: 1965 to 1970 in Regular series

Item: 3165