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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.
|Nick Jones Code:||[NJ]68-a-8|
|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|
|Issued:||1959 to 1965|