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 25b Volkswagen 1200



In 1960 the Lesney model of the VW beetle took over the number 25 spot in the Matchbox 1-75 series from the Bedford 'Dunlop' van,
It was painted metallic blue with a black gloss painted baseplate which was held on by a tongue and slot at the rear and by a round rivet up at the front,
Early models had a clear plastic window unit and later issues had green a tinted plastic window unit.

Silver trim was mask sprayed to the headlights and bumpers and some catalogue it with red trim to the taillights but I have not seen that variation yet,
It was usually fitted with grey plastic wheels but silver and black were used for a short time, These were always mounted on dome head axles with rounded ends,
To add to play value a hinged opening engine cover was fitted at the rear end which opened to reveal a fairly detailed engine which was cast in as part of the baseplate.
Unusually the baseplate did not have the a tow hook cast in like most other car models in the range

There were two small casting variations,
The first was to correct the typo on the baseplate from 'Volkswagon' with an o to 'Volkswagen' with an e and it is surprising how many adult collectors still spell Volkswagen with an o as found on the early issues of the Beetle because when they were children this was where they first read the wrongly spelt word and naturally assumed it was correct.

Later the baseplate was altered again to add a brace to each side of the rear tongue to add a little strength to the area and stop the baseplate coming adrift.
The grey wheeled version of the beetle is quite common, the silver wheeled version is fairly scarce but the real gem is the black wheeled version which is seldom seen.
The model was packaged in 'B', 'C' and 'D' type boxes and the 'D' type box is quite rare, The Volkswagen was replaced by the Bedford BP petrol tanker in 1964.

Updated: 11-05-11
Greg Davis has found an early 'Volkswagon' scripted VW with larger 10x24 gpw. It has been added to the variation table at the new number 2.

Updated: 15-05-11
Recently two VWs have come to light with black painted engines, This variation will be added when I have the full details.

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The very rare VW Beetle with 10x36 black plastic wheels.
photo courtesy Andreas Leue


An early VW with red painted tail lights
photo courtesy Greg Davis


Above: Showing the two different baseplate inscripions,
"Volkswagon" and "Volkswagen".
photo courtesy George Marshall


What might have been, The VW with it's #80 box.

code number general wheel type windows base spelling baseplate braces
code 1 metallic steel blue, black base, silver trim 9.5 x 20 grey plastic clear Volkswagon without
code 2 NEW metallic steel blue, black base, silver trim 10 x 24 grey plastic clear Volkswagon without
code 3 metallic steel blue, black base, silver trim 9.5 x 20 grey plastic clear Volkswagen without
code 4 metallic steel blue, black base, silver trim 10 x 24 grey plastic clear Volkswagen without
code 5 metallic steel blue, black base, silver trim 9.5 x 20 grey plastic green Volkswagen without
code 6 metallic steel blue, black base, silver trim 9 x 20 grey plastic green Volkswagen without
code 7 metallic steel blue, black base, silver trim 9 x 24 grey plastic green Volkswagen without
code 8 metallic steel blue, black base, silver trim 9.5 x 20 silver plastic green Volkswagen without
code 9 metallic steel blue, black base, silver trim 9.5 x 20 silver plastic green Volkswagen with
code 10 metallic steel blue, black base, silver trim 9 x 24 silver plastic green Volkswagen without
code 11 metallic steel blue, black base, silver trim 9 x 24 silver plastic green Volkswagen with
code 12 metallic steel blue, black base, silver trim 10 x 36 grey plastic green Volkswagen without
code 13 metallic steel blue, black base, silver trim 10 x 36 grey plastic green Volkswagen with
code 14 metallic steel blue, black base, silver trim 10 x 36 black plastic green Volkswagen with

box types notes
B5 "new model" model # 80 (pre production)
B5 "new model" model # 25
C "new model"
C without "new model"
D1 one black side one blue
D2 one black side one blue

values

grey wheels 35

silver wheels 80+

black wheels 1500+

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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