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 22b Vauxhall Cresta



The Lesney model of the Vauxhall Cresta first appeared in the Matchbox 1-75 series in 1958. The Cresta has to be the collectors all time favourite, Not only is it a beautiful model but it is very hard to find and even the most common varieties still fetch good prices, Add to this the American styling which makes it extra popular in the USA plus the many colour variations to look for makes for one very desirable model.
The first issue was released in pink with grey metal wheels on dome head axles with crimped ends which is a very rare variation and is seldom seen,
Soon grey plastic wheels were fitted instead and soon after the flat black baseplate was changed to gloss black.
The first two issues had silver trim to the grille, headlights, front & rear bumpers and to the rear number plate and red trim to the tail lights. After these two issues the silver trim was omitted from the rear number plate.
Next green tinted windows were fitted and the axles were changed for dome head with rounded ends.
The model went through the following colour schemes. Pink, Cream, Pink with sea green side panels, Metallic grey-brown with sea green side panels. Metallic bronze-brown with sea green side panels. Grey with lilac side panels, Light metallic gold, Dark metallic gold, Light metallic copper and finally dark metallic copper.
The progression through the various colours was not done in order but if you take into account when the axle types changed and when windows were introduced we can see that there was much switching back & forth between colours.
Aproximately half way through the models life the silver trim was omitted from the rear bumper and Later silver plastic wheels were used for the first time.
There was one casting modification which occured during the metallic copper issues very late in the models life, The ejector post behind the grill was lengthened slightly, Where on early issues the ejector post was the same length as the brace that attached it to the back of the grille now it was a fair bit longer than the brace.
The last issues of metallic copper were fitted with black plastic wheels, 9 x 24 to begin with and finally 9 x 36 on the final issue. The Cresta was sold in 'B', 'C' and 'D' type boxes and the first issue cresta came in a 'B' box with the 22a Cresta illustrated on the front.

Updated:01-04-10,
Jason (Nearlymint) has discovered a very rare Cresta in pink with sea green sides but this one has crimped axles, It has been added to the variation table at number 11.

above: 25 variations of the cresta

above: the pinks and creams

above: pink & sea green and metallic brown & sea green

above: grey & lilac

above: metallic gold and metallic copper

above: metallic copper

above: left, pink. right, cream

above: left, pink & sea green. right, metallic brown & sea green

above: left, grey & lilac. right, metallic gold

above: left, light metallic gold. right, metallic copper

above: the front ejector post is in two sizes

trim code trim description
trim 1 grille & headlights, front & rear bumper, rear number plate & red to tail lights
trim 2 grille & headlights, front & rear bumper & red to tail lights
trim 3 grille & headlights, front bumper & red to tail lights

code number general wheel type axle type windows baseplate colour front post trim
code 1 pink body 9 x 17 grey metal dome head crimped none flat black short post trim 1
code 2 pink body 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head crimped none flat black short post trim 1
code 3 pink body 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head crimped none gloss black short post trim 1
code 4 pink body 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head crimped none flat black short post trim 2
code 5 pink body 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head crimped none gloss black short post trim 2
code 6 pink body 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head rounded none gloss black short post trim 2
code 7 pink body 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head rounded green gloss black short post trim 2
code 8 cream body 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head crimped none gloss black short post trim 2
code 9 cream body 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head rounded none gloss black short post trim 2
code 10 cream body 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head rounded green gloss black short post trim 2
code 11 NEW pink body sea green sides 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head crimped green gloss black short post trim 2
code 12 pink body sea green sides 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head rounded green gloss black short post trim 2
code 13 pink body sea green sides 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head rounded green gloss black short post trim 3
code 14 met grey-brown body, sea green sides 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head crimped green gloss black short post trim 2
code 15 met grey-brown body, sea green sides 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head rounded green gloss black short post trim 2
code 16 met grey-brown body, sea green sides 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head rounded green gloss black short post trim 3
code 17 met bronze-brown body, sea green sides 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head crimped green gloss black short post trim 2
code 18 met bronze-brown body, sea green sides 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head rounded green gloss black short post trim 2
code 19 met bronze-brown body, sea green sides 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head rounded green gloss black short post trim 3
code 20 grey body, lilac sides 9 x 20 silver plastic dome head rounded green gloss black short post trim 2
code 21 grey body, lilac sides 9 x 20 silver plastic dome head rounded green gloss black short post trim 3
code 22 grey body, lilac sides 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head rounded green gloss black short post trim 2
code 23 grey body, lilac sides 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head rounded green gloss black short post trim 3
code 24 grey body, lilac sides 9 x 24 silver plastic dome head rounded green gloss black short post trim 3
code 25 grey body, lilac sides 9 x 24 grey plastic dome head rounded green gloss black short post trim 3
code 26 light met gold body 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head rounded green gloss black short post trim 3
code 27 light met gold body 9 x 24 silver plastic dome head rounded green gloss black short post trim 3
code 28 dark met gold body 9 x 24 silver plastic dome head rounded green gloss black short post trim 3
code 29 met copper body 9 x 24 silver plastic dome head rounded green gloss black short post trim 3
code 30 met copper body 9 x 24 grey plastic dome head rounded green gloss black short post trim 3
code 31 met copper body 9 x 24 grey plastic dome head rounded green gloss black long post trim 3
code 32 light met copper body 9 x 24 grey plastic dome head rounded green gloss black long post trim 3
code 33 met copper body 9 x 24 grey plastic dome head rounded green gloss black long post trim 3
code 34 met copper body 9 x 24 black plastic dome head rounded green gloss black short post trim 3
code 35 met copper body 9 x 24 black plastic dome head rounded green gloss black long post trim 3
code 36 met copper body 9 x 36 black plastic dome head rounded green gloss black long post trim 3

box type notes
B3 22a picture shown
B4 22a picture shown
B4 22b picture shown
B5 side view shown
B5 elevated view
C side view shown
C elevated view
D1 one black side one blue
D2 one black side one blue

values

pink body, grey metal wheels 1000+ (estimate)

pink body 70 - 150

cream body 70 - 150

pink & sea green 2500+

metallic brown & sea green 150+

grey & lilac 100

light or dark metallic gold 60 - 150

light or dark metallic copper 60 - 150

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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