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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 63-b-2 Foamite Crash Tender in red. The tender has gold nozzle, White springs, two base braces, and carries white plastic "Airport Crash Tender" signs on each side, white hose piep on the roof, and is missing the ladder. It comes with its original type E1 box.
|Nick Jones Code:||[NJ]63-b-5|
|Trim:||Silver (Headlights and grille)|
|Base Type:||Silver painted metal|
|Base Details:||Base has 5 lines of text parallel to the axles: "Foamite, Crash Tender" on two lines behind the front axle, and "Made In, England, By Lesney" on three lines behind the middle axle, and the reference number "No. 63" parallel to the front axle, at the front, forward of the axle.|
|Base Fitting:||One machined rivet.|
|Wheels:||Black plastic 12.5mm x 40 tread, domed axles|
|Issued:||1964 to 1968 in Regular series|