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 3c Mercedes Benz "Binz" ambulance



The Lesney model of the Mercedes benz 'binz' ambulance was first introduced into the Matchbox 1-75 series in late 1967 or early 1968 and it was painted in either off white or cream.
It had light blue tinted windows which incorporated the roof beacon.
The rear door could be lifted and it included an off white plastic patient on a stretcher to add play value,
It had a detailed off white plastic interior and featured spring suspension.
It was only fitted with one wheel size and that was 10 x 36 black plastic on dome head rounded axles,
The baseplate was silver plated and as the headlights and radiator grille were cast in as part of the base it did not need silver trim.
Red cross decals or labels were applied to the front doors and a towing bracket was cast on the base,

There were two casting variations,
There were two different dies used to cast the base, One had the base lettering reading from front to rear and the other one read from rear to front.
The final issue was fitted with bodies that had been adapted to be fitted to superfast bases so they had enlarged wheelwell openings.
It was in the range for just two years before being converted to superfast wheels. It is not an uncommon model but its not so easy to find mint & boxed.
It was packaged in 'E' and 'F' type boxes.

Above: This odd variation has recently been confirmed by both Christian Falkensteiner and Jason Coker, It is a regular wheel baseplate, wheels and axles fitted to a circa 1971 superfast body with enlarged wheel wells and painted in a superfast colour, Although it's a regular wheel model it would probably not have been sold before 1971 so well into the Superfast era
photo courtesy Christian Falkensteiner

code number general red cross base lettering wheelwell size
code 1 cream body, plated base, off white interior, blue windows decal reads front to rear small
code 2 cream body, plated base, off white interior, blue windows decal reads rear to front small
code 3 cream body, plated base, off white interior, blue windows label reads front to rear small
code 4 cream body, plated base, off white interior, blue windows label reads rear to front small
code 5 off white body, plated base, off white interior, blue windows decal reads front to rear small
code 6 off white body, plated base, off white interior, blue windows decal reads rear to front small
code 7 off white body, plated base, off white interior, blue windows label reads front to rear small
code 8 off white body, plated base, off white interior, blue windows label reads rear to front small
code 9 off white body, plated base, off white interior, blue windows label reads front to rear enlarged
code 10 off white body, plated base, off white interior, blue windows label reads rear to front enlarged

box types notes
E4 light blue sides
E4R light blue sides
F2 A Lesney Product
F2 A Lesney Product, trademark to end flap closers

values

cream or off white, decal or label 25

with enlarged wheelwell openings 70+

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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