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 12c Safari Land Rover



The third version of the Land Rover was made by Lesney in 1965,It made it's first appearance in the Matchbox 1-75 series painted green with dark brown luggage on the roof rack and a black plastic baseplate.
Later the body colour was changed to blue with brown luggage which was soon changed to a lighter reddish brown luggage. It was fitted with 11.5 x45 black plastic wheels on dome head rounded axles and it had a clear plastic window unit and a white plastic interior which had the tow hook incorporated.
The interior can also be found with or without a transmission tunnel.
Unlike many other models in the range silver trim was never applied to the land rover. Just before conversion to superfast wheels took place a few regular wheeled models were issued in the new superfast colour of gold and a few of the first superfast issue were released in the regular wheels colour of blue, Both are extremely rare but unfortunately they are quite easy to fake too.

Soon after it's introduction here was a casting modification to the body, The rivet post that held the front bumper had short triangular braces on the inside of the bonnet(hood). At first these were only half the length of the rivet post but they were made longer so they reached right down to the baseplate.
Later on just behind the front bumper small triangular blocks were cast in, The plastic baseplate could either have a stud behind the tow hook or on some no tow hook stud,
Later the baseplate had the addition of a towing bracket molded in.
There are several regular wheeled models with silver body and it is believed they should have been transitional gold versions but missed the top coat of gold laquer leaving just the silver base coat and these are quite rare.
In 1970 after a five year run the land rover was converted to superfast wheels and after a very brief stay in the superfast range it was replaced by the 12d setra coach in 1970. The regular wheeled green or blue versions and the gold superfast are quite common.
It was sold in 'E' and 'F' type boxes.

above: the rare gold version

above: left, without blocks. center, with blocks. right, with blocks and towing bracket.

above: left, with tow hook stud. right, without tow hook stud

Note: All variations can be found with a transmission tunnel molded in but they are quite rare,
interiors without a transmission tunnel are common

code number general rivet post bumper tow hook lug
code 1 green body, black base, brown luggage short braces no blocks, no tow bracket without lug
code 2 green body, black base, brown luggage short braces no blocks, no tow bracket with lug
code 3 blue body, black base, brown luggage short braces no blocks, no tow bracket without lug
code 4 blue body, black base, brown luggage short braces no blocks, no tow bracket with lug
code 5 blue body, black base, tan luggage long braces with blocks, no tow bracket without lug
code 6 blue body, black base, tan luggage long braces with blocks, no tow bracket with lug
code 7 blue body, black base, brown luggage long braces with blocks, no tow bracket with lug
code 8 blue body, black base, tan luggage long braces with blocks and tow bracket without lug
code 9 blue body, black base, tan luggage long braces with blocks and tow bracket with lug
code 10 metallic gold body, black base, tan luggage long braces with blocks and tow bracket with lug
code 11 silver body, black base, tan luggage long braces with blocks and tow bracket with lug

box types notes
E3 small green model
E3 larger green model, two blue sides
E3 larger green model, light blue sides
E4 small blue model, light blue sides
E4R small blue model, light blue sides
F2 A Lesney Product
F2 Lesney Products & Co Ltd London England

values

blue body 25

green body 30

gold body with regular wheels 2000+

silver body with regular wheels 2000+

blue regular wheel body with superfast wheels 500+

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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