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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 MB55-b-5 Ford Fairlane Police Car in Metallic Blue.
|Nick Jones Code:||[NJ]55-b-7|
|Body Colour:||Metallic Blue|
|Trim:||Silver grille, headlights and rear bumper|
|Base Type:||Gloss Black painted metal|
|Details:||Body type with no ridges behind the wheels, Base with 4 lines of text at right angles to the rear axles: Ford Fairlane, Police Car, Made in England, Lesney, and "No. 55" cast parallel and behind the rear axle. Large front hood decal with white background, POLICE and blue and red shield with 7 stars and two small yellow "Wings" above the shield. Small door decals with white background and red and blue shield with 7 stars and two small yellow "Wings" above the shield. Glazing holds in the translucent red plastic roof light.|
|Base Fitting:||2 machined rivets|
|Wheels:||Black plastic 9mm x 24 tread, domed axles|
|Issued:||1963 to 1966 in Regular series|