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Moko Lesney Matchbox 23b Berkley Cavalier Caravan



The second Lesney version of the Caravan was to join the Matchbox 1-75 series in 1958.
Although it was very similar to the previous model it was actually a completely new casting,
It was painted in the same pale blue as the previous issue but the shades can vary, It also had the same "On tow MBS 23" decal applied to the rear end.
The baseplate now had the number cast into it and the base fixing stud did not protrude through the door like it did on the first caravan.

Later it had a colour change to lime green and this version can be found with either grey metal wheels or grey plastic wheels.
The grey metal wheeled version being quite hard to find.
Three axle types were used, Flat head with crimped ends, Dome head with crimped ends or domed head with rounded ends.
Finally there was a metallic lime green version with grey plastic wheels that was made just before the model was deleted in 1960. This variation would probably be in the top 20 of the rarest Lesneys.

There were a few casting variations on this one,
The tow hitch was altered twice, It started out with a flat upper surface to the hitch, It then had a raised strengthening ring cast around the towing eye which was later lengthened so it went further towards the caravan body,

The baseplate was also modified twice, Looking inside the caravan it originally had a just strengthening brace that ran along the middle of the floor going from front to rear, Soon into production an ejector ring was added towards the rear and some time later a second ejector ring was added at the front.
Like the first issue this one was only available in box type 'B',
It was deleted in 1960 to make way for the third caravan, The 23c bluebird dauphine.

Above: shades of blue and the gloss lime green version

Above: the rare metallic lime green caravan

Above: towing hitch type one with
a flat upper surface

Above: towing hitch type two with a raised
ring around the hole

Above: towing hitch type three with the raised
ring extended backwards to the caravan

code number body colour wheel type axle type tow hitch type baseplate ejector ring
code 1 pale blue metal wheels 8.5 x 18 flat head crimped smooth top no ejector rings
code 2 pale blue metal wheels 8.5 x 18 flat head crimped smooth top one ejector ring
code 3 pale blue metal wheels 8.5 x 18 flat head crimped raised ring one ejector ring
code 4 pale blue metal wheels 8.5 x 18 domed head crimped raised ring one ejector ring
code 5 pale blue metal wheels 8.5 x 18 domed head crimped raised ring two ejector rings
code 6 lime green metal wheels 8.5 x 18 domed head crimped raised ring two ejector rings
code 7 lime green metal wheels 8.5 x 18 domed head crimped extended raised ring two ejector rings
code 8 lime green grey plastic wheels 9 x 20 domed head crimped extended raised ring two ejector rings
code 9 lime green grey plastic wheels 9 x 20 domed head rounded extended raised ring two ejector rings
code 10 metallic lime green grey plastic wheels 9 x 20 domed head rounded extended raised ring two ejector rings

box types notes
B2 large picture
B2 small picture
B3 large picture
B3 small picture
B4 lower case letters
B4 upper case letters
B5 lower case letters

values

blue with metal wheels 35

lime green with metal wheels 60

lime green with plastic wheels 50

metallic lime green with plastic wheels 1000+

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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