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 20a ERF stake truck



The Lesney model of the 20a ERF lorry made it's debut in the Matchbox 1-75 series in 1956, It was fitted with 8.5 x 18 grey metal wheels on flat head axles with crimped ends,
The very first run was issued in a pale green with silver trim to the headlights, The grille and to the fuel tanks but it is generally believed that this was a trial or pre production run as very few of them are known to exist and it is also a slightly different casting to the later issues as all of the others had a strengthening brace cast in between the cab and the load bed,
The first proper production run was painted a dark maroon with hand applied gold trim and this variation is quite rare too,
Later silver trim replaced the gold trim and dark red was used as well as maroon for the body colour,

Towards the end of it's production life dome head axles with crimped ends were fitted and the last few runs were fitted with grey plastic wheels.
On the final issue the hand applied silver trim was replaced by mask spraying and the trim to the fuel tanks was omitted although it is not unusual to find any variation without any trim at all,

Occasionally these turn up with what appear to be spare wheels fitted between cab and load bed but they were not intentionally fitted but were jammed in place during the 'tumbling' or 'fettling' stage of production where the components were put into large rotating drums where the pieces were tumbled together to remove the components fron the sprue, The 'spare' wheels then went through the painting process with the bodies so are usually painted in the maroon colour as I have not seen the red version with the 'spare' wheel.

The ERF was packaged in 'B' type boxes only and it was replaced by the larger eight wheeler 20b ERF ever ready truck in 1959.

above: grey metal wheels & silver trim

above: grey metal wheels & gold trim

above: grey plastic wheels & silver trim

*code 1 note: this is most likely to be a pre production model as very few are known to exist.

code number general wheel type axle type cab brace trim
*code 1 green body, silver trim 8.5 x 18 grey metal flat head crimped no brace hand applied
code 2 maroon body, gold trim 8.5 x 18 grey metal flat head crimped with brace hand applied
code 3 maroon body, silver trim 8.5 x 18 grey metal flat head crimped with brace hand applied
code 4 maroon body, silver trim 8.5 x 18 grey metal dome head crimped with brace hand applied
code 5 maroon body, silver trim 8 x 18 grey plastic dome head crimped with brace hand applied
code 6 dark red body, silver trim 8.5 x 18 grey metal flat head crimped with brace hand applied
code 7 dark red body, silver trim 8.5 x 18 grey metal dome head crimped with brace hand applied
code 8 dark red body, silver trim 8 x 18 grey plastic dome head crimped with brace mask sprayed

box types notes
B1 side view
B1 elevated view, blurred picture
B1 elevated view, sharp picture
B2 none
B3 none

values

green with silver trim, grey metal wheels 2000+

maroon with gold trim, grey metal wheels 200+

maroon or dark red with silver trim, grey metal wheels 60

maroon or dark red with silver trim grey plastic wheels 200+

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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