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So a new variation that would be nearest to variation 4 would become the new 4a, etc.

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Moko Lesney Matchbox 31b Ford station wagon



Lesney introduced the Ford station wagon which replaced the earlier version at the number 31 spot in the Matchbox 1-75 series 1959 and it was initially kept in the colour scheme of the earlier issue which was yellow body and black baseplate.
It had silver trim to the grille, headlights and the front & rear bumper and red trim was applied to the tail lights,
It had clear plastic windows and was fitted with 9 x 20 grey or silver plastic wheels on dome head axles with rounded ends.
The baseplate was later changed to crimson and this version can be found with clear or green tinted windows or no windows at all and it came with silver wheels only.
The model was recoloured to metallic green with a pink roof,
The first issue released in the new colour scheme was fitted with clear windows but this was soon changed to green tinted windows and silver wheels, Around this time the trim on the rear bumper was omitted.
Later the baseplate colour was changed back to black for the final issues and this can be found with 9 x 24 grey, silver or black wheels

There were casting modifications made to the body and to the baseplate.
The body was modified in the corner where the inside of the bonnet (hood) and the inside of the grill meet, The corner was originally a right angle corner but later it had the corner filled by an angled infill which was later changed to a rounded infill.
The baseplate received attention in the area of the tow hook which originally had a triangular hook but this was later strengthened by the addition of squared braces cast to the sides of the hook.
All of the yellow issues are rare with the windowless one probably being the rarest and apart from the green & pink version with crimson baseplate and silver or grey plastic wheels which is very common most of the other variations are rare too with the black baseplate and black plastic wheels version being the rarest,
The Ford was packaged in 'B' ,'C' and 'D' type boxes, the 'D' box being the rarest and fetching a small premium. It was replaced by the 31c Lincoln Continentel late in 1964.

code number general baseplate windows wheel type hook type bonnet corner trim
code 1 yellow body, silver & red trim, rounded axles black clear 9 x 20 grey plastic type 1 angled type 1 squared front & rear
code 2 yellow body, silver & red trim, rounded axles black clear 9 x 20 silver plastic type 1 angled type 1 squared front & rear
code 3 yellow body, silver & red trim, rounded axles black clear 9 x 20 silver plastic type 1 angled type 2 angled front & rear
code 4 yellow body, silver & red trim, rounded axles crimson clear 9 x 20 silver plastic type 1 angled type 2 angled front & rear
code 5 yellow body, silver & red trim, rounded axles crimson clear 9 x 20 silver plastic type 2 squared type 2 angled front & rear
code 6 yellow body, silver & red trim, rounded axles crimson none 9 x 20 silver plastic type 2 squared type 2 angled front & rear
code 7 yellow body, silver & red trim, rounded axles crimson green 9 x 20 silver plastic type 2 squared type 2 angled front & rear
code 8 metallic green body, pink roof, silver & red trim, rounded axles crimson clear 9 x 20 silver plastic type 2 squared type 2 angled front & rear
code 9 metallic green body, pink roof, silver & red trim, rounded axles crimson green 9 x 20 silver plastic type 1 angled type 2 angled front & rear
code 10 metallic green body, pink roof, silver & red trim, rounded axles crimson green 9 x 20 silver plastic type 2 squared type 2 angled front & rear
code 11 metallic green body, pink roof, silver & red trim, rounded axles crimson green 9 x 20 silver plastic type 2 squared type 2 angled front only
code 12 metallic green body, pink roof, silver & red trim, rounded axles crimson green 9 x 24 silver plastic type 2 squared type 2 angled front only
code 13 metallic green body, pink roof, silver & red trim, rounded axles black green 9 x 24 silver plastic type 2 squared type 2 angled front only
code 14 metallic green body, pink roof, silver & red trim, rounded axles black green 9 x 24 silver plastic type 2 squared type 3 rounded front only
code 15 metallic green body, pink roof, silver & red trim, rounded axles black green 9 x 24 grey plastic type 2 squared type 2 angled front only
code 16 metallic green body, pink roof, silver & red trim, rounded axles black green 9 x 24 grey plastic type 2 squared type 3 rounded front only
code 17 metallic green body, pink roof, silver & red trim, rounded axles black green 9 x 24 black plastic type 2 squared type 2 angled front only
code 18 metallic green body, pink roof, silver & red trim, rounded axles black green 9 x 24 black plastic type 2 squared type 3 rounded front only

box types notes
B5 "Ford Station Wagon"
B5 "American Ford Station Wagon"
C with lines beneath wheels
C without lines beneath wheels
D1 one black side one blue
D2 one black side one blue

values

yellow body, black base, clear windows, grey or silver wheels 250+

yellow body, crimson base, clear or green windows, silver wheels 200+

yellow body, crimson base, no windows, silver wheels 300+

green body, pink roof, crimson base, silver wheels 35

green body, pink roof, crimson base, grey wheels 50

green body, pink roof, black base, silver wheels 250+

green body, pink roof, black base, grey wheels 100

green body, pink roof, black base, black wheels 250+

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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above: an error piece without windows, the roof securing rivets were never flared over.