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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 MB75-b-2 Ferrari Berlinetta in Metallic Dark Green.
|Nick Jones Code:||[NJ]75-b-3|
|Body Colour:||Metallic Dark Green|
|Trim:||Silver grille and headlights|
|Base Type:||plated metal|
|Details:||Body type with no cowls above 3.5mm headlights, cast rear number plate [5FXR]; Base with 4 lines of text at right angles to the rear axles: "Matchbox" Series No. 75, Ferrari Berlinetta, Made in England, By Lesney, and tow slot behind bumper.|
|Base Fitting:||2 machined rivets|
|Wheels:||7mm wire wheel hubs, Black plastic 11.5mm x 45 tread tyres, domed axles|
|Interior:||Ivory plastic - incorporates the rear tow hook and steering wheel.|
|Issued:||1965 to 1970 in Regular series|