Matchbox 1-75: MB75-b-2 Ferrari Berlinetta

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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.

Stannard Code: 75-b-2
Schiffer Code: 75-b-2
Nick Jones Code: [NJ]75-b-3
Body Colour: Metallic Dark Green
Glazing: Clear
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


Item: 3045