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 17d Foden Hoveringham tipper



The Lesney model of the Foden tipper joined the Matchbox 1-75 series in 1963,
It was in the livery of the hoveringham gravel company of northamptonshire which was red body & chassis and orange tipper with black hoveringham decals to the sides of the tipper bed,
It was fitted with 11.5 x 45 black plastic wheels on dome head axles with rounded ends,
The early issues had black baseplates and silver trim, Later issues had red baseplates but no trim.

It featured spring suspension to the first and third axles which was sprung by white or green plastic leaf springs mounted above the axles.
The tipper body could be tipped and it pivoted on a regular dome head axle pin, The tipper bed was held in the upright position by a plack plastic block which gripped a pin cast into the tipper bed,

The first modification was to enlarge the tipper block which stopped the tipper bed from being lifted too high,
Next braces were added to the sides of the axle carriers for some extra strength.
Then the hole that the rear axle located through was changed from being an oval hole to a round hole,

Later issues had the suspension removed and a pointed wedge was cast under the front axle,
On the final issue this was altered to a much wider wedge under the front axle.
It was sold in 'D' and 'E' type boxes and it was deleted in 1969 to make way for the 17e horsebox. It is a very common model so it must have been a good seller in its day, There are no rare variations.

above: with & without silver trim

above: left, red baseplate, no suspension
right, black baseplate with suspension

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A recent discovery by Tim Leathers (tjlglass of the forum)
"The London Press Exchange is moving" promotional
photo courtesy Tim Leathers

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Reverse side with the new address details
photo courtesy Tim Leathers

code number general baseplate suspension tipper stop axle braces rear axle hole
code 1 red body, orange tipper, 11.5 x 45 black plastic wheels black white springs small none oval
code 2 red body, orange tipper, 11.5 x 45 black plastic wheels black green springs small none oval
code 3 red body, orange tipper, 11.5 x 45 black plastic wheels black white springs large none oval
code 4 red body, orange tipper, 11.5 x 45 black plastic wheels black green springs large none oval
code 5 red body, orange tipper, 11.5 x 45 black plastic wheels black white springs large with braces oval
code 6 < red body, orange tipper, 11.5 x 45 black plastic wheels black white springs large with braces round
code 7 red body, orange tipper, 11.5 x 45 black plastic wheels black green springs large with braces round
code 8 red body, orange tipper, 11.5 x 45 black plastic wheels red white springs large none oval
code 9 red body, orange tipper, 11.5 x 45 black plastic wheels red green springs large none oval
code 10 red body, orange tipper, 11.5 x 45 black plastic wheels red white springs large with braces oval
code 11 red body, orange tipper, 11.5 x 45 black plastic wheels red white springs large with braces round
code 12 red body, orange tipper, 11.5 x 45 black plastic wheels red green springs large with braces round
code 13 red body, orange tipper, 11.5 x 45 black plastic wheels red none, narrow wedge under front axle large none oval
code 14 red body, orange tipper, 11.5 x 45 black plastic wheels red none, narrow wedge under front axle large with braces round
code 15 red body, orange tipper, 11.5 x 45 black plastic wheels red none, wide wedge under front axle large with braces round

box types notes
D2 one black side one blue "new model"
D2 one black side one blue
D2 two blue sides
D2 light blue sides
E3 light blue sides, side & rear view
E3 light blue sides, side view
E4 light blue sides,
E4R light blue sides,

values

all models 30

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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