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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 40a Bedford 7 ton tipper



In 1957 the third model to be based on the Bedford (S type) truck joined the Matchbox 1-75 series in the guise of the Bedford 7 ton tipper which looks suspiciously like a copy of the Dinky model of the Bedford tipper which had made its debut a year previously.
The Lesney Bedford body was painted red and the tipper bed was painted light brown, It had hand applied silver trim to the grille, headlights and front bumper,
For added play value the tipper bed could be raised to empty it by hinging on two round studs one each side of the chassis rails which located into holes in the rear of the tipper body, The tailboard was hinged at the top which allowed it to open when the tipper body was raised and the tailboard was hinged in the same manner as the tipper body.
The wheels were 9 x 18 grey metal which were mounted on flat head axles with crimped ends but these were quickly replaced by dome head axles with crimped ends.
Soon the grey metal wheels were replaced by grey plastic wheels which came in a variety of sizes and the final issues had dome head axles with rounded ends.
The trim was reduced to being hand applied to the grille and headlights only and later it was applied by mask spray, The final issue had no trim.
The later issues with rounded axles can have a light brown tipper bed and tailboard like the early issues or a darker brown tipper & tailboard.
There were no casting variations and there are no rare variations of the Bedford, It was packaged in 'B' type boxes and was replaced by the 40b Leyland tiger coach in the first half of 1962.

above: with grey metal wheels.

above: with grey plastic wheels.

code number general wheel type axle type trim type
code 1 red body, light brown tipper, silver trim 9 x 18 grey metal flat head crimped by hand, grille, headlights & front bumper
code 2 red body, light brown tipper, silver trim 9 x 18 grey metal dome head crimped by hand, grille, headlights & front bumper
code 3 red body, light brown tipper, silver trim 8 x 18 grey plastic dome head crimped by hand, grille, headlights & front bumper
code 4 red body, light brown tipper, silver trim 8 x 18 grey plastic dome head crimped by hand, grille & headlights
code 5 red body, light brown tipper, silver trim 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head crimped by hand, grille, headlights & front bumper
code 6 red body, light brown tipper, silver trim 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head crimped by hand, grille & headlights
code 7 red body, light brown tipper, silver trim 9.5 x 20 grey plastic dome head crimped by hand, grille, headlights & front bumper
code 8 red body, light brown tipper, silver trim 9.5 x 20 grey plastic dome head crimped by hand, grille & headlights
code 9 red body, light brown tipper, silver trim 8 x 18 grey plastic dome head rounded by hand, grille & headlights
code 10 red body, darker brown tipper, silver trim 8 x 18 grey plastic dome head rounded by hand, grille & headlights
code 11 red body, light brown tipper, silver trim 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head rounded by hand, grille & headlights
code 12 red body, darker brown tipper, silver trim 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head rounded by hand, grille & headlights
code 13 red body, light brown tipper, silver trim 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head rounded mask sprayed, grille & headlights
code 14 red body, darker brown tipper, silver trim 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head rounded mask sprayed, grille & headlights
code 15 red body, light brown tipper 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head rounded no trim
code 16 red body, darker brown tipper 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head rounded no trim

box types notes
B2 small numbers on endflap
B2 large numbers on endflap
B3 none
B4 none
B5 none

values

red body, light brown tipper, metal wheels 40

red body, light brown tipper, grey plastic wheels 50

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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