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 42b Studebaker lark wagonaire



The Lesney model of the 42b Studebaker lark wagonaire was introduced into the Matchbox 1-75 series at the start of 1965 when it replaced the 42a evening news van,
The Studebaker was initially painted dark blue in the same shade as the early 47b Commer ice cream van, it had 11 x 45 black plastic wheels on dome head axles with rounded ends,
It had clear plastic windows and a plated baseplate that included the grille, the headlights and the front & rear bumper detail as part of the casting. Because the grille, headlight & bumper detail was cast as part of the baseplate silver trim was not needed on the Studebaker.
To add to play value the model was equipped with a sliding rear roof panel as found on the real Studebaker and on the first issues the slide was painted dark blue to match the body colour.

The body was recoloured to a slightly lighter medium dark blue as found on the 12c Land Rover and the roof slide was recoloured to a much lighter blue as found on the 7b Anglia which can vary from light blue to light blue-grey. The slide kept its new light blue-grey shade throughout the rest of production until the last recolour when it reverted back to the original shade of dark blue.
Later still the model was recoloured again to a lighter more turquoise shade of blue which can be found in a bright or much duller shade.
The final recolouring was back to the medium dark blue (12c) which was very similar to the earlier shade used but this last recolour was with a new two pack paint which uses a pale blue undercoat so although looking similar to the earlier version it is actually quite different.

It should be noted that the various paint shades used to colour this model are notoriously difficult to photograph as the photos always seem to look more turquoise and this effect is hightened when models are photographed with a flash or under artificial light.
To add a little interest Lesney included a white or off white plastic hunter and dog with the model which are pictured on the front of the box, I would include photographs but my own hunter and dog are not at hand at the moment so photos will follow soon.
All colour variations can be found with or without a towing guide cast in which makes me think that both types were in production for the life of the model.
Apart from the tow guide the only casting variation is to be found on the inside of the roof slide which can be found with or without a letter 'B' cast.
The Studebaker is a fairly common model and there are no rare variants, It was packaged in 'E' type boxes, the early boxes show a red car pictured, later boxes had an illustration in the correct colours.

above; with & without towing guide

above: left to right
dark blue body with dark blue slide
medium dark blue body with light blue slide
light turquoise blue body with light blue slide

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The Studebaker with unpainted slide may just be an error piece but I have listed
it here to find out if more exist, I would particularly be interested in any models
without tow guide and unpainted slide.
photo courtesy Antonin Schenk

The studebaker has also been seen with unpainted roof slides and although these are most likely to be error pieces I
need to know if this variation is also available without tow guide in order to add it to the listing.
Note, code 1-8 are in enamel paint and 9-10 are two pack paint with a light blue undercoat.

code number general roof slide wheel type tow guide
code 1 dark blue body, clear windows, plated baseplate dark blue 11 x 45 black plastic none
code 2 dark blue body, clear windows, plated baseplate dark blue 11 x 45 black plastic with tow guide
code 3 medium dark blue body, clear windows, plated baseplate light blue 11 x 45 black plastic none
code 4 medium dark blue body, clear windows, plated baseplate light blue 11 x 45 black plastic with tow guide
code 5 bright turquoise blue body, clear windows, plated baseplate light blue 11 x 45 black plastic none
code 6 bright turquoise blue body, clear windows, plated baseplate light blue 11 x 45 black plastic with tow guide
code 7 bright turquoise blue body, clear windows, plated baseplate bare metal 11 x 45 black plastic with tow guide
code 8 dull turquoise blue body, clear windows, plated baseplate light blue 11 x 45 black plastic none
code 9 dull turquoise blue body, clear windows, plated baseplate light blue 11 x 45 black plastic with tow guide
code 10 medium dark blue body, clear windows, plated baseplate dark blue 11 x 45 black plastic none
code 11 medium dark blue body, clear windows, plated baseplate dark blue 11 x 45 black plastic with tow guide

box types notes
E2 red Studebaker shown, "new model"
E2 red Studebaker shown
E2 blue Studebaker shown
E3 none
E4 none
E4R none

values

dark blue body & slide 40

dark blue body, light blue slide 30

light blue body & slide 25

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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