PLEASE NOTE: I will no longer be altering the variation codes. All new discoveries will be inserted in to their correct place in the timeline and given a suffix.
So a new variation that would be nearest to variation 4 would become the new 4a, etc.

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Moko Lesney Matchbox 12b Land Rover series II



The second version of the Lesney Land Rover joined the 1-75 series in 1959,
Like the previous model it was only available painted in military green, It had a black metal baseplate which is attached by a spread rivet at the front and a round rivet at the rear.
It was equipped with a tow hook but Lesney never saw fit to make anything suitable for it to tow.
The first version had silver trim to the grill, the headlights and front bumper but the trim to the grill was omitted very early on in production and it is not uncommon to find examples without any silver trim at all.
The first issue had dome head axles with crimped ends and the later issues had dome head axles with rounded ends.
Black plastic wheels of various size and tread pattern were usually fitted but one of the later issues was fitted with 11 x 45 tread grey plastic wheels which is quite rare variation.

There were a few casting variations and the first was to the tow hook, This was the simple thickening of the back of the tow hook platform where it joins to the base to add some strength,
The steering wheel was also modified, First the column was made thinner from 2mm to 1.5mm thick, The horn push was made smaller and the slot in the dashboard was widened, The method of attaching the steering column was modified so the steering column was less likely to come off, This was done by adding a bulb to the inner end of the column and modifying the method of attachment. The bulb can be seen under the front wheel well,
The Land Rover was probably not one of the best sellers because despite being in production for six years it is not a very common model,
It was packaged in 'B' 'C' and 'D' type boxes and was deleted in 1965 to make way for the third Land Rover the 13d safari.

Updated: 06-05-10,
A model with 11x24 BPW on crimped axles and 2mm steering wheel but with the later type brace on the tow hitch has been found by forum member Mick Bruce (SMS88). It has been added to the listing table as the new number 3.

above: rare grey plastic wheels and crimped axle variants

above: rare grey plastic wheeled variant

above: rare early issue with full silver trim

above: left early tow hitch. right, later tow hitch with brace

above: left, early and right later steering columns

code number general silver trim wheel type axle type steering wheel type tow hitch type
code 1 green body black base grille, headlights & bumper 11 x 24 black plastic dome head crimped 2mm no bulb without brace
code 2 green body black base headlights & bumper 11 x 24 black plastic dome head crimped 2mm no bulb without brace
code 3 NEW green body black base headlights & bumper 11 x 24 black plastic dome head crimped 2mm no bulb with brace
code 4 green body black base headlights & bumper 11 x 24 black plastic dome head rounded 2mm no bulb without brace
code 5 green body black base headlights & bumper 11 x 24 black plastic dome head rounded 2mm no bulb with brace
code 6 green body black base headlights & bumper 11.5 x 45 black plastic dome head rounded 2mm no bulb with brace
code 7 green body black base headlights & bumper 11.5 x 45 black plastic dome head rounded 1.5mm with bulb with brace
code 8 green body black base headlights & bumper 11 x 48 black plastic dome head rounded 1.5mm with bulb with brace
code 9 green body black base headlights & bumper 11.5 x 45 grey plastic dome head rounded 1.5mm with bulb with brace

box types notes
B3 none
B4 none
B5 with background
B5 without background
C none
D1 one black sie one blue
D2 one black sie one blue
D2 two blue sides

values

11.5 x 45 grey plastic wheels 250+

11 x 24 black plastic wheels & crimped axles 100

all other models 40

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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