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 30a Ford prefect



The Lesney 30a Ford prefect joined the Matchbox 1-75 series in 1956, note that the model was called the Ford prefect and not the Ford 'perfect' as some of my American friends call it!.
The model was initially painted light brown, It had 8.5 x 18 grey metal wheels on flat head axles with crimped ends.
It had hand applied silver trim to the grille, headlights and the front & rear bumpers. Red trim was applied to the tail lights.
Very soon the axles were changed to dome head with crimped ends and soon after two strengthening braces were added to the rear rivet post.
Later the wheels were updated to 8 x 18 grey plastic and shortly after the trim was changed from hand applied to mask sprayed which left an unpainted section in the middle of the rear bumper. Around this time the baseplate colour was changed from flat black to gloss black.
Then the axles were changed from having crimped ends to having rounded ends.

Next the model was recoloured to a light blue which it kept for the remainder of its life.
Stannard lists one version of the model having a blue body and grey metal wheels on crimped axles which does not fit into the timeline and sounds suspiciously like a base swap or possibly a pre production model,
I have kept this odd variation in the listing and hope to get some feedback regarding this one.
Another variation which I am sure exists is painted olive green, It is not very common and often gets overlooked because it had been missed in the price guides of years ago .
Vectis had one a while ago (see price guide gallery) and I have seen playworn examples myself but unfortunately did not realise what they were at the time,
Again any feedback or photographs regarding this variation would be greatly appreciated. Once it is confirmed it will be added to the listing.
All the light brown issues are fairly common, The light blue variation is quite rare and I believe the olive green variation to be slightly rarer.
The prefect was packaged in 'B' type boxes, it was deleted in 1961 when it was replaced by the 30b Magirus Deutz crane.

Updated: 21-05-09,
A green Prefect with grey plastic wheels and crimped axles was recently discovered by Hugh Stiles, It has been added to the listing table at number 5
Updated: 11-08-09,
Hugh has found a second green Prefect, This one has grey metal wheels but this variation has no web braces to the rear axle post, It has been added to the variation table at number 3

above: the elusive pale green model with metal wheels
on crimped axles and rear rivet post webs next to the
common brown version

above: another green prefect but this one has grey
plastic wheels, crimped axles & web braces to the rear
axle posts.
photograph courtesy Hugh Stiles


This photo shows the wide range of colours and shades,
photo courtesy Antonin Shenk.

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A weakness in the rear of the baseplate means the Prefect
is often found with the rearmost part of the base missing.
photo courtesy Kurt Van Laere (the forums Pierkemimi).

code number general wheel type axle type rear rivet post silver trim baseplate colour
code 1 brown body, red tail lights 8.5 x 18 grey metal flat head crimped no web braces hand applied flat black
code 2 brown body, red tail lights 8.5 x 18 grey metal dome head crimped no web braces hand applied flat black
code 3 NEW pale green body, red tail lights 8.5 x 18 grey metal dome head crimped no web braces hand applied flat black
code 4 pale green body, red tail lights 8.5 x 18 grey metal dome head crimped with web braces hand applied flat black
code 5 NEW pale green body, red tail lights 8 x 18 grey plastic dome head crimped with web braces hand applied flat black
code 6 brown body, red tail lights 8.5 x 18 grey metal dome head crimped with web braces hand applied flat black
code 7 brown body, red tail lights 8 x 18 grey plastic dome head crimped with web braces hand applied flat black
code 8 brown body, red tail lights 8 x 18 grey plastic dome head crimped with web braces hand applied gloss black
code 9 brown body, red tail lights 8 x 18 grey plastic dome head crimped with web braces mask sprayed flat black
code 10 brown body, red tail lights 8 x 18 grey plastic dome head crimped with web braces mask sprayed gloss black
code 11 brown body, red tail lights 8 x 18 grey plastic dome head rounded with web braces mask sprayed gloss black
code 12 blue body, red tail lights 8.5 x 18 grey metal dome head crimped with web braces mask sprayed ?
code 13 blue body, red tail lights 8 x 18 grey plastic dome head rounded with web braces mask sprayed gloss black

box types notes
B2 none
B2 larger box
B3 none
B4 Ford "Prefect"
B4 Ford Prefect

values

brown body, metal wheels 35

pale green body, metal wheels 80

brown body, grey plastic wheels 50

blue body, grey plastic wheels 180

values are for mint models in mint boxes

price guide gallery
box gallery

above: the prefect, this one was owned by my sister Jacqui