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1961 : Matchbox Series

 

 

Number Description <click to enlarge>
01 Road Roller 
02 Dumper (1 7/8″)
03 Bedford Tipper Matchbox - New Model
04 Triumph Motorcycle & Sidecar
05 London Bus (2 9/16″) Matchbox - New Model
06 Quarry Truck (2 1/2″)
07 Ford Anglia Matchbox - New Model
08 Caterpillar Tractor (1 7/8″) Matchbox - New Model
09 Merryweather Marquis Fire Engine
10 Sugar Container Truck Matchbox - New Model
11 Road Tanker (2 1/2″)
12 Land Rover (2 1/4″)
13 Thames Wreck Truck Matchbox - New Model
14 Daimler Ambulance (2 5/8″)
15 Atlantic Prime Mover
16 Atlantic Trailer (3 1/4″)
17 Austin Taxi Cab
18 Caterpillar Bulldozer (2 1/4″) Matchbox - New Model
19 MGA Sports Car
20 ERF 68G Truck
21 Commer Milk Float Matchbox - New Model
22 1958 Vauxhall Cresta
23 Bluebird Dauphine Trailer Matchbox - New Model
24 Weatherhill Hydraulic Excavator (2 5/8″)
25 Volkswagen 1200 Sedan Matchbox - New Model
26 Foden Concrete Truck Matchbox - New Model
27 Cadillac Sixty Special
28 Thames Compressor Truck
29 Austin A55 Cambridge Sedan Matchbox - New Model
30 Magirus-Deutz 6 Wheel Crane Truck Matchbox - New Model
31 Ford Fairlane Station Wagon Matchbox - New Model
32 Jaguar XK140 Coupe
33 Ford Zodiac Mk.II Sedan
34 Volkswagen Microvan
35 Marshall Horse Box
36 Lambretta Scooter & Sidecar Matchbox - New Model
37 Coca Cola Lorry (with Base)
38 Karrier Refuse Collector
39 Ford Zodiac Convertible
40 Leyland Royal Tiger Coach Matchbox - New Model
41 D Type Jaguar (2 7/16″) Matchbox - New Model
42 Bedford Evening News Van
43 Hillman Minx
44 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud
45 Vauxhall Victor
46 Pickfords Removal Van Matchbox - New Model
47 1 Ton Trojan Van
48 Sports Boat & Trailer Matchbox - New Model
49 M3 Personnel Carrier
50 Commer Pickup
51 Albion Chieftan
52 Maserati 4CLT Racer
53 Aston Martin
54 Saracen Personnel Carrier
55 D.U.K.W
56 London Trolley Bus
57 Chevrolet Impala Matchbox - New Model
58 BEA Coach
59 Ford Thames Van
60 Morris J2 Pickup
61 Ferret Scout Car
62 General Service Lorry
63 Ford Service Ambulance
64 Scammell Breakdown Truck
65 Jaguar 3.4 Litre Saloon (2 1/2″)
66 Citroen DS19
67 Saladin Armoured Car
68 Austin Mk. II Radio Truck
69 Commer 30 CWT Van
70 Ford Thames Estate Car
71 Austin 200 Gallon Water Truck
72 Fordson Tractor
73 10 Ton Pressure Refueller
74 Mobile Refreshment Canteen
75 Ford Thunderbird

 

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1960 : Matchbox Series

For the first time the range hits 75 models in this year, and the decision was made that it would not grow any larger.  From 1960 onwards any new vehicles would be used to replace existing models; this practice would remain the case for decades.

 

Packaging
Miniatures Box Type – B

 

Issue No. Model Name < click to enlarge >
01 Road Roller 
02 Dumper 
03 Cement Mixer
04 Triumph Motorcycle & Sidecar Matchbox - New Model
05 London Bus 
06 Quarry Truck
07 Horse Drawn Milk Float
08 Caterpillar Tractor 
09 Merryweather Marquis Fire Engine Matchbox - New Model
10 Mechanical Horse & Trailer 
11 Road Tanker 
12 Land Rover 
13 Bedford Wreck Truck 
14 Daimler Ambulance 
15 Atlantic Prime Mover
16 Atlantic Trailer 
17 Bedford Removal Van (with Base #)
18 Caterpillar Bulldozer 
19 MGA Sports Car
20 ERF 68G Truck
21 Long Distance Coach 
22 1958 Vauxhall Cresta
23 Berkeley Cavalier Trailer (with Base #)
24 Weatherhill Hydraulic Excavator
25 Dunlop Van
26 Concrete Truck
27 Cadillac Sixty Special Matchbox - New Model
28 Thames Compressor Truck
29 Bedford Milk Delivery Van
30 Ford Prefect
31 Ford Station Wagon
32 Jaguar XK140 Coupe
33 Ford Zodiac Mk.II Sedan
34 Volkswagen Microvan
35 Marshall Horse Box
36 Austin A50
37 Coca Cola Lorry (with Base) Matchbox - New Model
38 Karrier Refuse Collector
39 Ford Zodiac Convertible
40 Bedford Tipper Truck
41 D Type Jaguar 
42 Bedford Evening News Van
43 Hillman Minx
44 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud
45 Vauxhall Victor
46 Morris Minor 1000
47 1 Ton Trojan Van
48 Meteor Sports Boat & Trailer
49 M3 Personnel Carrier
50 Commer Pickup
51 Albion Chieftan
52 Maserati 4CLT Racer
53 Aston Martin
54 Saracen Personnel Carrier
55 D.U.K.W
56 London Trolley Bus
57 Wolseley 1500
58 BEA Coach
59 Ford Thames Van
60 Morris J2 Pickup
61 Ferret Scout Car
62 General Service Lorry
63 Ford Service Ambulance
64 Scammell Breakdown Truck
65 Jaguar 3.4 Litre Saloon 
66 Citroen DS19
67 Saladin Armoured Car
68 Austin Mk. II Radio Truck
69 Commer 30 CWT Van
70 Ford Thames Estate Car
71 Austin 200 Gallon Water Truck
72 Fordson Tractor
73 10 Ton Pressure Refueller Matchbox - New Model
74 Mobile Refreshment Canteen Matchbox - New Model
75 Ford Thunderbird Matchbox - New Model

 

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1959 : Matchbox Series

With more models being added the list now grows to 72

 

Packaging
Miniatures Box Type – B

 

Issue No. Model Name < click to enlarge >
01 Road Roller Matchbox - New Model
02 Dumper 
03 Cement Mixer
04 Massey Harris Tractor (No Rear Mudguards)
05 London Bus 
06 Quarry Truck  Matchbox - New Model
07 Horse Drawn Milk Float
08 Caterpillar Tractor  Matchbox - New Model
09 Dennis Fire Escape 
10 Mechanical Horse & Trailer
11 Road Tanker 
12 Land Rover  Matchbox - New Model
13 Bedford Wreck Truck 
14 Daimler Ambulance 
15 Atlantic Prime Mover Matchbox - New Model
16 Atlantic Trailer 
17 Bedford Removal Van (with Base #)
18 Caterpillar Bulldozer 
19 MGA Sports Car
20 ERF 68G Truck Matchbox - New Model
21 Long Distance Coach 
22 1958 Vauxhall Cresta
23 Berkeley Cavalier Trailer (with Base #)
24 Weatherhill Hydraulic Excavator Matchbox - New Model
25 Dunlop Van
26 Concrete Truck
27 Bedford Lowloader 
28 Thames Compressor Truck Matchbox - New Model
29 Bedford Milk Delivery Van
30 Ford Prefect
31 Ford Station Wagon
32 Jaguar XK140 Coupe
33 Ford Zodiac Mk.II Sedan
34 Volkswagen Microvan
35 Marshall Horse Box
36 Austin A50
37 Coca Cola Lorry (No Base)
38 Karrier Refuse Collector
39 Ford Zodiac Convertible
40 Bedford Tipper Truck
41 D Type Jaguar (2 3/16″)
42 Bedford Evening News Van
43 Hillman Minx
44 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud
45 Vauxhall Victor
46 Morris Minor 1000
47 1 Ton Trojan Van
48 Meteor Sports Boat & Trailer
49 M3 Personnel Carrier
50 Commer Pickup
51 Albion Chieftan
52 Maserati 4CLT Racer
53 Aston Martin
54 Saracen Personnel Carrier
55 D.U.K.W
56 London Trolley Bus
57 Wolseley 1500
58 BEA Coach
59 Ford Thames Van
60 Morris J2 Pickup
61 Ferret Scout Car Matchbox - New Model
62 General Service Lorry Matchbox - New Model
63 Ford Service Ambulance Matchbox - New Model
64 Scammell Breakdown Truck Matchbox - New Model
65 Jaguar 3.4 Litre Saloon (2 1/2″) Matchbox - New Model
66 Citroen DS19 Matchbox - New Model
67 Saladin Armoured Car Matchbox - New Model
68 Austin Mk. II Radio Truck Matchbox - New Model
69 Commer 30 CWT Van Matchbox - New Model
70 Ford Thames Estate Car Matchbox - New Model
71 Austin 200 Gallon Water Truck Matchbox - New Model
72 Fordson Tractor Matchbox - New Model
 
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1958 : Matchbox Series

1958 and the range now grows to 60 models in total.

 

Packaging
Miniatures Box Type – B

 

Issue No.  Model Name < click to enlarge >
01 Road Roller
02 Dumper
03 Cement Mixer
04 Massey Harris Tractor (No Rear Mudguards)
05 London Bus 
06 Quarry Truck 
07 Horse Drawn Milk Float
08 Caterpillar Tractor 
09 Dennis Fire Escape  09B-01 - Dennis Fire Escape Matchbox - New Model
10 Mechanical Horse & Trailer
11 Road Tanker  Matchbox - New Model
12 Land Rover
13 Bedford Wreck Truck  Matchbox - New Model
14 Daimler Ambulance  Matchbox - New Model
15 Prime Mover
16 Atlantic Trailer 
17 Bedford Removal Van
18 Caterpillar Bulldozer  Matchbox - New Model
19 MG TD Sports Car Matchbox - New Model
20 Stake Truck
21 Long Distance Coach Matchbox - New Model
22 Vauxhall Cresta Matchbox - New Model
23 Berkeley Cavalier Trailer (Base #) Matchbox - New Model
24 Weatherhill Hydraulic Excavator
25 Dunlop Van
26 Concrete Truck
27 Bedford Lowloader  Matchbox - New Model
28 Bedford Compressor Truck
29 Bedford Milk Delivery Van
30 Ford Prefect
31 Ford Station Wagon
32 Jaguar XK140 Coupe
33 Ford Zodiac Mk.II Sedan
34 Volkswagen Microvan
35 Marshall Horse Box
36 Austin A50
37 Coca Cola Lorry (No Base)
38 Karrier Refuse Collector
39 Ford Zodiac Convertible
40 Bedford Tipper Truck
41 D Type Jaguar
42 Bedford Evening News Van
43 Hillman Minx Matchbox - New Model
44 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud Matchbox - New Model
45 Vauxhall Victor Matchbox - New Model
46 Morris Minor 1000 Matchbox - New Model
47 1 Ton Trojan Van Matchbox - New Model
48 Meteor Sports Boat & Trailer Matchbox - New Model
49 M3 Personnel Carrier Matchbox - New Model
50 Commer Pickup Matchbox - New Model
51 Albion Chieftan Matchbox - New Model
52 Maserati 4CLT Racer Matchbox - New Model
53 Aston Martin Matchbox - New Model
54 Saracen Personnel Carrier Matchbox - New Model
55 D.U.K.W Matchbox - New Model
56 London Trolley Bus Matchbox - New Model
57 Wolseley 1500 Matchbox - New Model
58 BEA Coach Matchbox - New Model
59 Ford Thames Van Matchbox - New Model
60 Morris J2 Pickup Matchbox - New Model
 
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1957 : Matchbox Series

1957 and the range now grows to 42 models in total, the other big change in this year is the first replacement models.  With production changes and some tooling breaking it was decided that some of the new models would slot in to the place of those models that will no longer be produced.
The practice of replacing models within the range would continue for decades to come.

 

Box
Miniatures Box Type – B

 

Issue No.  Model Name < click to enlarge >
01 Road Roller Matchbox - New Model
02 Dumper
03 Cement Mixer
04 Massey Harris Tractor (No Rear Mudguards) Matchbox - New Model
05 London Bus  Matchbox - New Model
06 Quarry Truck 
07 Horse Drawn Milk Float
08 Caterpillar Tractor 
09 Dennis Fire Escape  09A-01 : Dennis Fire Escape
10 Mechanical Horse & Trailer Matchbox - New Model
11 Road Tanker 
12 Land Rover
13 Bedford Wreck Truck 
14 Daimler Ambulance 
15 Prime Mover
16 Atlantic Trailer 
17 Bedford Removal Van
18 Caterpillar Bulldozer 
19 MG TD Sports Car
20 Stake Truck
21 Long Distance Coach
22 Vauxhall Cresta
23 Berkeley Cavalier Trailer (No Base #)
24 Weatherhill Hydraulic Excavator
25 Dunlop Van
26 Concrete Truck
27 Bedford Lowloader 
28 Bedford Compressor Truck
29 Bedford Milk Delivery Van
30 Ford Prefect Matchbox - New Model
31 Ford Station Wagon Matchbox - New Model
32 Jaguar XK140 Coupe Matchbox - New Model
33 Ford Zodiac Mk.II Sedan Matchbox - New Model
34 Volkswagen Microvan Matchbox - New Model
35 Marshall Horse Box Matchbox - New Model
36 Austin A50 Matchbox - New Model
37 Coca Cola Lorry (No Base) Matchbox - New Model
38 Karrier Refuse Collector Matchbox - New Model
39 Ford Zodiac Convertible Matchbox - New Model
40 Bedford Tipper Truck Matchbox - New Model
41 D Type Jaguar Matchbox - New Model
42 Bedford Evening News Van Matchbox - New Model

 

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1956 : Matchbox Series

1956 and the range expands again with the introduction of 11 new models, taking the total to 29 models.

Box
Miniatures Box Type – B

 

Issue No.  Model Name <click to enlarge>  
01 Diesel Road Roller Matchbox 01A-02 : Diesel Road Roller  
02 Dumper     
03 Cement Mixer    
04 Massey Harris Tractor    
05 London Bus  
06 Euclid Dump Truck  
07 Horse Drawn Milk Float  
08 Caterpillar Tractor (1 1/2″)  
09 Dennis Fire Escape  09A-01 : Dennis Fire Escape 
10 Mechanical Horse & Trailer  
11 Road Tanker   
12 Land Rover   
13 Bedford Wreck Truck   
14 Daimler Ambulance   
15 Diamond T Prime Mover  
16 Transporter Trailer  
17 Bedford Removal Van  
18 Caterpillar Bulldozer  
19 MG TD Sports Car   Matchbox - New Model
20 ERF Transport Truck   Matchbox - New Model
21 Bedford Duple Luxury Coach   Matchbox - New Model
22 Vauxhall Cresta   Matchbox - New Model
23 Berkeley Cavalier Caravan   Matchbox - New Model
24 Weatherill Hydraulic Excavator   Matchbox - New Model
25 Bedford 12 cwt Van   Matchbox - New Model
26 ERF Cement Mixer   Matchbox - New Model
27 Bedford Low Loader   Matchbox - New Model
28 Bedford Compressor Truck   Matchbox - New Model
29 Bedford Milk Float   Matchbox - New Model
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1955 : Matchbox Series

1955 saw the range expand once more to now have a total of 18 models.

Box
Miniatures Box Type – B
Issue No.  Model Name < click to enlarge >  
01 Diesel Road Roller Matchbox 01A-02 : Diesel Road Roller  
02 Dumper     
03 Cement Mixer    
04 Massey Harris Tractor    
05 London Bus  
06 Euclid Dump Truck  
07 Horse Drawn Milk Float  
08 Caterpillar Tractor (1 1/2″)   Matchbox - New Model
09 Dennis Fire Escape  09A-01 : Dennis Fire Escape  Matchbox - New Model
10 Mechanical Horse & Trailer   Matchbox - New Model
11 Road Tanker    Matchbox - New Model
12 Land Rover    Matchbox - New Model
13 Bedford Wreck Truck    Matchbox - New Model
14 Daimler Ambulance    Matchbox - New Model
15 Diamond T Prime Mover   Matchbox - New Model
16 Transporter Trailer   Matchbox - New Model
17 Bedford Removal Van   Matchbox - New Model
18 Caterpillar Bulldozer   Matchbox - New Model
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1954 : Matchbox Series

This year the range was expanded with the addition of 3 new models alongside the 4th model as announced in 1953

Box
Miniatures Box Type – A

 

Issue No.  Model Name < click to enlarge >  
01 Diesel Road Roller Matchbox 01A-01 : Diesel Road Roller
02 Dumper
03 Cement Mixer
04 Massey Harris Tractor Matchbox - New Model
05 London Bus Matchbox - New Model
06 Euclid Dump Truck Matchbox - New Model
07 Horse Drawn Milk Float Matchbox - New Model
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1953 : Matchbox Series

1953 saw the start of what has become a legacy in the toy industry.  4 models were scheduled for release to start it all off and to that end in May of 1953 Lesney issued a press release to that effect. The new product didnt actually ship to stores until September of 1953 and at that point only three models were available the 4th wouldnt be released until 1954.

Press Release : 1953 Press Release

Being the first year of Matchbox there was of course only one type of packaging used and that of course is where the name comes from the ‘Matchbox’ styled box.

Box Type ‘A’
Miniatures Box Type – A

 

Issue No.  Model Name < click to enlarge >  
01 Diesel Road Roller Matchbox 01A-01 : Diesel Road Roller Matchbox - New Model
02 Dumper  (1 5/8”) Matchbox - New Model
03 Cement Mixer Matchbox - New Model