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 41a Jaguar D type



The first Lesney model of the Jaguar D type was introduced into the Matchbox 1-75 series in 1957, It measured 55mm long and was painted British racing green, It has a black baseplate and a brown metal driver. The brown driver can vary in shade some but I don't think it needs to be included in the variation table as there are several shades to be taken into account.
Curiously the baseplate is not symmetrical and the body casting has a cut out beneath the drivers seat and it looks in all probability that the model was originally designed to have an exhaust system molded into the driver casting that was to project through the cut out beneath the drivers seat.
However the model was never issued with such an exhaust unless one should turn up some day.

Originally the Jaguar was fitted with 10 x 18 grey metal wheels on flat head axles with crimped ends but soon the axles were changed to dome head with crimped ends, the last issue was fitted with 9.5 x 20 grey plastic wheels.
The decals are usually #41 but one scarce issue was fitted with #52 decals that are normally found on the 52a Maserati 4CLT.

There are two known casting variations, The first was done very early and that was to add the decal aligning rings to the front & rear of the body, I require further info on this model should you have one as it may have been issued without decals, Next was where there were no strengthening braces to the rivet posts but later two small triangular braces were cast in to the sides at the top of each post.
The grey metal wheeled version with #41 decals and the grey plastic wheeled version with #41 decals are both fairly easy to find but the grey metal wheels and #52 decal combination is very rare and a variation I have never come across.
In 1960 after just three years in production the Jaguar was replaced by a larger scale version. The larger model was almost identical to the early issue but it measured 62mm long.
The smaller Jaguar was packaged in just one type of box, the 'B' type.

above: the rare issue with 52 decals.

code number general wheel type axle type rivet posts decal
code 1 green body, black base, brown driver 10 x 18 grey metal flat head crimped no braces no decals, no decal guides
code2 green body, black base, brown driver 10 x 18 grey metal flat head crimped no braces #41, no decal guides
code 3 green body, black base, brown driver 10 x 18 grey metal flat head crimped no braces #41
code 4 green body, black base, brown driver 10 x 18 grey metal flat head crimped with braces #41
code 5 green body, black base, brown driver 10 x 18 grey metal dome head crimped no braces #41
code 6 green body, black base, brown driver 10 x 18 grey metal dome head crimped with braces #41
code 7 green body, black base, brown driver 10 x 18 grey metal dome head crimped with braces #52
code 8 green body, black base, brown driver 9.5 x 20 grey plastic dome head crimped with braces #41

box types notes
B2 medium model number
B2 large model number
B3 none
B3 larger box

values

grey metal wheels #41 decal 40

grey plastic wheels #41 decal 50

grey metal wheels #52 decal 400+

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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