Matchbox 1-75: MB57-a-2 Wolseley 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.

This is the Lesney produced Matchbox MB57-A-2 Wolseley 1500 in Pale Green.

Stannard Code: 57-a-2
Schiffer Code: 57-a-3
Body Colour: Pale Green
Glazing: None
Trim: Silver grill and headlights, red tail lights
Base Type: Black painted metal
Base Details: "No 57" at rear of vehicle, 3 lines of text: Wolseley 1500, Made in England, By Lesney
Base Fitting: 2 machined rivets
Wheels: Dark Grey plastic, 9mm x 20 treads, domed and crimped axles
Roof Type: Type A - no ejector ring
Issued: 1958 to February 1961

 

 

Item: 1118