Matchbox 1-75: MB68-a-3 Austin Mk2 Radio Truck

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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 MB68-a-3 Austin Mk2 Radio Lorry in Olive.

Stannard Code: 68-a-3
Schiffer Code: 68-a-3
Nick Jones Code: [NJ]68-a-8
Body Colour: Olive
Glazing: None
Trim: Tactical recognition flash on the rear - yellow over red over blue horizontal stripes.
Base Type: Olive painted metal
Details: No trim, square front window corners, "No 68" parallel to the rear axle, 4 lines of text: Austin Mk2, Radio Truck, Made in England, By Lesney
Base Fitting: 1 split front rivet and 1 rear body locating lug
Wheels: Black plastic, 11.5mm x 45 treads, domed axles
Interior: None
Issued: 1959 to 1965



Item: 2798