Matchbox 1-75: MB56-b-2 Fiat 1500

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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 MB56-b-2 Fiat 1500 in Light Green with original type E3 Matchbox box.

Stannard Code: 56-b-2
Schiffer Code: 56-b-2
Nick Jones Code: [NJ]56-b-6
Body Colour: Light Green
Glazing: Clear
Trim: Silver grille and headlights
Base Type: Black plastic
Details: Base with 5 lines of text at right angles to the rear axles: Made in England, By Lesney, "Matchbox" Series, No55, Fiat 1500;  red interior with extensions, steering wheel and towbar; light reddish brown luggage.
Base Fitting: 1 machined rivet and 1 front body locating lug.
Wheels: Black plastic 9mm x 36 tread, dome head, rounded axles
Interior: Red plastic with extensions.
Issued: 1965 to 1970 in Regular series


Item: 2557