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 38b Vauxhall victor estate



The Victor estate (station wagon) was built in the UK by Vauxhall the UK branch of GMC (General Motors Corporation),
As an estate car it was a very successful product because there were so many made, Back in the 1960s and 70s I seem to remember more Victor estates being on the road than there were of the regular saloon cars.

Lesney introduced the Victor to the Matchbox 1-75 series in 1963.
It was always painted in a bright yellow with a gloss black baseplate and it was fitted with a clear plastic window unit,
The detailed interior can be found in either red or green plastic which varies in shade that will lighten if left in direct sunlight.
To add to play value it was fitted with a working lift up tailgate that was hinged to the inside of the roof.
Silver trim was only applied to the grille and front bumper and on later issues the trim was omitted from the bumper.

Grey, Silver or black plastic wheels were mounted on dome head axles with rounded ends and although there are quite a few wheel and interior variations to collect there are no known casting variations.
Variation 1 with green interior and 8 x 18 black wheels, Variation 2 with red interior and 9 x 20 grey wheels and variation 10 with green interior and 10 x 36 tread grey plastic wheels are all hard to find and dont come up for sale very often so the prices for these are estimated. In general it is a fairly common model and quite easy to find so it must have been a fairly good seller although playworn examples may have the tailgate missing as it can break off easily during rough play,
It was available in box types 'D' and 'E' with a blue car shown on the 'D' box and a correct yellow car on the 'E' box.
It was deleted in 1967 to make way for the 38c Honda motorcycle and trailer.

Updated: 03-10-09,
Bruno Dworzak of Peru has recently discovered an unrecorded variation, It has green interior and 9x36 black plastic wheels. It has been added to the variation table at the new number 9.

Updated: 18-01-10,
Two new variations have recently been found by members of the BVD forum. Mick Bruce reports finding a Victor with green interior and 10x24 gpw which is the new code 8. And AMSCZ reports finding a red interiored Victor with 10x36 black plastic wheels, This one is listed as the new code 13.

Front row, second from the right shows a "negative variation", an error piece not fitted with an interior


A new variation with green interior and 9x36 black
plastic wheels, Photo courtesy Bruno Dworzak.

code number general wheel type interior colour
code 1 Yellow body black base clear windows silver trim 8 x 18 black plastic green plastic
code 2 Yellow body black base clear windows silver trim 9 x 20 grey plastic red plastic
code 3 Yellow body black base clear windows silver trim 9 x 20 black plastic green plastic
code 4 Yellow body black base clear windows silver trim 9 x 24 grey plastic green plastic
code 5 Yellow body black base clear windows silver trim 9 x 24 black plastic green plastic
code 6 Yellow body black base clear windows silver trim 9 x 24 silver plastic green plastic
code 7 Yellow body black base clear windows silver trim 9 x 24 silver plastic red plastic
code 8 NEW Yellow body black base clear windows silver trim 10 x 24 grey plastic green plastic
code 9 Yellow body black base clear windows silver trim 9 x 36 black plastic red plastic
code 10 Yellow body black base clear windows silver trim 9 x 36 black plastic green plastic
code 11 Yellow body black base clear windows silver trim 9 x 36 grey plastic green plastic
code 12 Yellow body black base clear windows silver trim 10 x 36 grey plastic green plastic
code 13 NEW Yellow body black base clear windows silver trim 10 x 36 black plastic red plastic

box types notes
D1 one black side one blue "new model"
D2 one black side one blue
D2 two blue sides
E3 light blue sides
E4 light blue sides

values

with green interior and 8 x 18 black plastic wheels 100+ (estimate)

with red interior and 9 x 20 grey plastic wheels 100+ (estimate)

with green interior and 10 x 36 grey plastic wheels 100+ (estimate)

all other models 35

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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