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Moko Lesney Matchbox 3b Bedford TK tipper 7.5 ton tipper



The Lesney model of the Beford tipper first appeared in the Matchbox 1-75 series in 1961,
Its first colour scheme was a grey body with a maroon tipper bed and later models had a grey body but the tipper body was recoloured to red.
The tipper body could be lifted as it would pivot on a regular dome head axle pin.
The first issue had a grey baseplate but all subsequent issues had a black baseplate, Silver trim was applied to the grille & headlights on the early issues only.
It was fitted with a variety of grey and black wheels on dome head rounded axles.

The first casting modification was to add a small brace to the end of the exhaust pipe,
The next modification was to add a block to the underneath of the tipper bed because the tipper body was not held on securely enough and had too much side to side movement.
The next alteration was quite strange because in the middle of its production run one issue was fitted with a baseplate with a very small number '3' on it, This was soon replaced with the original baseplate with the larger number '3'inscribed.
The final modification was the addition of a ridge across the tipper bed just inside the tailboard supposedly to add some strength to the end of the tipper body,
It was quite a good seller as it stayed in the range for six years,
It was packaged in 'C', 'D' and 'E' type boxes and deleted from the range in 1967 to make way for the new 3c Mercedes Benz 'binz' ambulance.

code number general wheels baseplate tipper block tipper bed exhaust bracket trim
code 1 grey body, maroon bed 11 x 24 black plastic grey, large #3 no block smooth no bracket with trim
code 2 grey body, maroon bed 11 x 24 black plastic black, large #3 no block smooth no bracket with trim
code 3 grey body, maroon bed 11 x 24 grey plastic black, large #3 no block smooth no bracket with trim
code 4 grey body, maroon bed 11 x 24 grey plastic black, large #3 no block smooth with bracket with trim
code 5 grey body, maroon bed 11 x 24 black plastic black, large #3 no block smooth with bracket with trim
code 6 grey body, maroon bed 11.5 x 45 black plastic black, large #3 no block smooth with bracket with trim
code 7 grey body, maroon bed 11.5 x 45 black plastic black, large #3 with block smooth with bracket with trim
code 8 grey body, maroon bed 11.5 x 45 black plastic black, large #3 with block smooth with bracket no trim
code 9 grey body, maroon bed 11.5 x 45 black plastic black, small #3 with block smooth with bracket no trim
code 10 grey body, maroon bed 11.5 x 45 grey plastic black, large #3 with block smooth with bracket with trim
code 11 grey body, maroon bed 11.5 x 45 grey plastic black, large #3 with block smooth with bracket no trim
code 12 grey body, dark red bed 11.5 x 45 grey plastic black, large #3 with block smooth with bracket no trim
code 13 grey body, dark red bed 11.5 x 45 black plastic black, large #3 with block smooth with bracket no trim
code 14 grey body, dark red bed 11.5 x 45 black plastic black, large #3 with block ridged with bracket no trim

box types notes
C with 'new model' to endflap
C without 'new model' to endflap
D1 one black side one blue
D2 one black side one blue
D2 two blue sides
D2 two light blue sides
E3 two light blue sides

values

grey cab red or maroon tipper black wheels 35

grey cab red tipper 11.5 x 45 grey plastic wheels 100

grey cab maroon tipper 11.5 x 45 grey plastic wheels 200

grey cab maroon tipper 11 x 24 grey plastic wheels 250

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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