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Moko Lesney Matchbox 21c Commer Milk Float



In 1961 the Lesney model of the 21c Commer became the third milk float to join the Matchbox 1-75 series,
It was introduced just as the 7a horsedrawn milkfloat and the 29a Bedford milkfloat were being deleted. It is usually found in a pale green but a handful of light blue versions are known to exist, It had a black painted baseplate which was a snap in type fitted with tongues at the front and rear which would locate in slots positioned where the number plates would be, Later issues had the front tongue removed and two small rivets cast in place instead. It always had domed head rounded axles and silver, grey or black plastic wheels were fitted, The windows were clear on the early models but later on light or darker green tinted windows were fitted, An unusual feature of the window unit was that it had 'bottle float' rather than the model number written into the top which is something I have not come accross on other models.

Two different sets of decals were used, The early issues had bottle decals to the doors and the roof banner decal would read 'drink more milk' with a red background to the word 'milk', The later decal set had a grazing cow applied to the doors and the roof banner decal still read 'drink more milk' but it was a completely new decal and now the red background was behind the 'drink more'. The plastic used for the milk crate load was originally a light tan but later issues can be found with off white or white loads.
The only casting variation was the previously mentioned removal of the front tongue from the baseplate and filling in of the slot in the front bumper where it was located, When this was done the front bumper was made deeper and a line was added to the baseplate between the front edges of the front wheel openings. Lesney made slight casting mistake with the commer, the door handles are in the forwards position as found on the sliding door version but it is easy to see that the model was based on a vehicle with slam doors so the doorhandles are at the wrong ends of the doors!.

The blue version was originally thought to be a sunfade but on closer inspection appears that the casting was painted in the regular green by the lower spray guns and blue fron the higher spray guns so the inside is green and the outside blue. I'm pretty sure it's no sunfade because the covering of blue is much too regular, To get this effect by leaving it in the sun it would have to have been turned regularly to get an even fade. I scratched off a small area of decal and it is blue underneath where the paint was protected from sunfade, If it were sunfade it should have been green.

It is a very common piece and considering the number of them still available it is surprising how difficult it is to find the rare grey wheeled version, The silver wheeled version is fairly common and the black wheeled one is very easy to find. It was sold in 'C' 'D' and 'E' type boxes and was deleted in 1968 to make way for the 21d Foden concrete truck.

above: early type bottle decals

above: later type cow decals

above: clear windows, common on the bottle decaled
models but very rare on the cow decal versions

above: clear and geen tinted windows

above left: early roof decal, right: later roof decal

above left to right: light tan crates, off white crates, white crates

note variation code 5 has been reported but with black plastic 9 x 20 wheels, as I have never seen any bottle decal models with black wheels so it is not listed until it can be confirmed, the commer has a snap in base so it would be very easy to fake this variation.

code number body colour decal set wheel type window colour crate colour baseplate type
code 1 pale green body bottle silver plastic 9 x 20 clear light tan snap in
code 2 pale green body bottle silver plastic 9 x 20 clear off white snap in
code 3 pale green body bottle silver plastic 9 x 20 clear white snap in
code 4 pale green body bottle silver plastic 9 x 20 green light tan snap in
code 5 pale green body bottle silver plastic 9 x 20 green off white snap in
code 6 pale green body bottle silver plastic 9 x20 green white snap in
code 7 pale green body cow silver plastic 9 x 20 clear off white snap in
code 8 pale green body cow silver plastic 9 x 20 green light tan snap in
code 9 pale green body cow silver plastic 9 x 20 green off white snap in
code 10 pale green body cow silver plastic 9 x 20 green white snap in
code 11 pale green body cow grey plastic 9 x 20 green off white snap in
code 12 pale green body cow grey plastic 9 x 20 green white snap in
code 13 pale green body cow grey plastic 8 x 18 green white snap in
code 14 pale green body cow black plastic 9 x 20 green off white snap in
code 15 pale green body cow black plastic 9 x 20 green white snap in
code 16 pale green body cow silver plastic 9 x 24 green light tan snap in
code 17 pale green body cow silver plastic 9 x 24 green off white snap in
code 18 pale green body cow silver plastic 9 x 24 green white snap in
code 19 pale green body cow grey plastic 9 x 24 green off white snap in
code 20 pale green body cow grey plastic 9 x 24 green white snap in
code 21 pale green body cow black plastic 9 x 24 green off white snap in
code 22 pale green body cow black plastic 9 x 24 green white snap in
code 23 pale green body cow black plastic 9 x 36 green white snap in
code 24 pale green body cow black plastic 9 x 36 green off white snap in
code 25 pale blue body cow black plastic 9 x 36 green off white riveted
code 26 pale blue body cow black plastic 9 x 36 green off white snap in
code 27 pale green body cow black plastic 9 x 36 green off white riveted
code 28 pale green body cow black plastic 9 x 36 green white riveted

box types notes
C "new model"
D1 one black side one blue
D2 one black side one blue
D2 two blue sides
D2 light blue sides
E3 light blue sides
E4 light blue sides

values

silver wheels & bottle decal 45

silver wheels, clear windows & cow decals 150

silver wheels, green windows & cow decals 30

grey plastic wheels & cow decals 200

light blue body & black wheels 200+ (estimate)

all other models 25

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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