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 45a Vauxhall victor



1958 saw the Lesney model of the 45a Vauxhall victor join the Matchbox 1-75 series. Like the later 22b Cresta it was a very American looking car that in real life did not last for long as they suffered severe rusting due to the damp British climate.
The first issue was painted red, It had 8.5 x 18 grey metal wheels on dome head axles with crimped ends and a flat black baseplate, Silver trim was hand applied to the grille, headlights and front & rear bumpers.
Very soon the body colour was changed to yellow and after a short run the casting was modified when a brace was added that ran along the bottom of the dashboard and the braces on the rear rivet post were enlarged. These first two issues without the dashboard casting are extremely rare and are among the top ten rarest 1-75's. The red painted issue being the most desirable of the two and by far the most valuable.

Later the wheels were changed to grey plastic and the bonnet (hood) interior was modified again when two additional ejector rings were added, Around this time the baseplate colour was changed to gloss black and the silver trim was applied by mask spraying.
Axles with rounded ends made an appearance and shortly after windows were fitted, the first windows were clear plastic but were not in use for long until they were changed to green tinted plastic. The bonnet interior was modified yet again and soon the braces on the rear rivet post were widened so they ran the full width of the body.

On the later issues the silver trim was often omitted from the rear bumper and towards the end of the models run the wheels were changed to silver plastic and finally to black plastic. The silver wheeled version is not common and the black wheeled one is quite a hard to find variation.
The Victor stayed in the range until 1965 when it was replaced by the 45b Ford Corsair, Knowing how badly the Victor suffered from rust the model probably lasted longer than most of the real cars. It was packaged in 'B', 'C' and 'D' type boxes.

Updated: 16-11-10,
Jason (Nearlymint) from the forum has found an unlisted yellow Victor without dashboad brace but this one has the row of 4 pips cast under the bonnet. It has been added to the listing at number 3.

above: the hard to find issue with 36 tread black plastic wheels.

above: a close up of the 36 tread wheels.

above: left, without dashboard brace. right, with dashboard brace.

photograph courtesy Jan Naessens

above: the recently discovered Victor without dashboard brace but with the 4
pips cast in has been added to the listing at number 3

photograph courtesy Jason (Nearlymint)

above: type 2 had the dashboard brace cast in

above: a late issue Victor without the central ring cast into
the bonnet has recently come to light, any info on other
examples of this model would be greatly appreciated

above: an early yellow Victor without dashboard brace but
with the 4 pips cast under the bonnet, this new bonnet type
is listed as type 1a simply to keep the listing in order

code number general wheel type axle type window type baseplate colour rear rivet post bonnet type silver trim
code 1 red body 8.5 x 18 grey metal dome head crimped none flat black post type 1 bonnet 1 front & rear by hand
code 2 yellow body 8.5 x 18 grey metal dome head crimped none flat black post type 1 bonnet 1 front & rear by hand
code 3 NEW yellow body 8.5 x 18 grey metal dome head crimped none flat black post type 1 bonnet 1a front & rear by hand
code 4 yellow body 8.5 x 18 grey metal dome head crimped none flat black post type 2 bonnet 2 front & rear by hand
code 5 yellow body 8 x 18 grey plastic dome head crimped none flat black post type 2 bonnet 2 front & rear by hand
code 6 yellow body 8 x 18 grey plastic dome head crimped none gloss black post type 2 bonnet 2 front & rear by hand
code 7 yellow body 8 x 18 grey plastic dome head crimped none flat black post type 2 bonnet 3 front & rear by hand
code 8 yellow body 8 x 18 grey plastic dome head crimped none gloss black post type 2 bonnet 3 front & rear by hand
code 9 yellow body 8 x 18 grey plastic dome head crimped none flat black post type 2 bonnet 3 front & rear mask sprayed
code 10 yellow body 8 x 18 grey plastic dome head crimped none gloss black post type 2 bonnet 3 front & rear mask sprayed
code 11 yellow body 8 x 18 grey plastic dome head rounded none gloss black post type 2 bonnet 3 front & rear by hand
code 12 yellow body 8 x 18 grey plastic dome head rounded none gloss black post type 2 bonnet 3 front & rear mask sprayed
code 13 yellow body 8 x 18 grey plastic dome head rounded clear plastic gloss black post type 2 bonnet 3 front & rear mask sprayed
code 14 yellow body 8 x 18 grey plastic dome head rounded clear plastic gloss black post type 2 bonnet 4 front & rear mask sprayed
code 15 yellow body 8 x 18 grey plastic dome head rounded green plastic gloss black post type 2 bonnet 4 front & rear mask sprayed
code 16 yellow body 8 x 18 grey plastic dome head rounded green plastic gloss black post type 2 bonnet 4 front only mask sprayed
code 17 yellow body 8 x 18 grey plastic dome head rounded green plastic gloss black post type 3 bonnet 4 front & rear mask sprayed
code 18 yellow body 8 x 18 grey plastic dome head rounded green plastic gloss black post type 3 bonnet 4 front only mask sprayed
code 19 yellow body 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head rounded green plastic gloss black post type 3 bonnet 4 front & rear mask sprayed
code 20 yellow body 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head rounded green plastic gloss black post type 3 bonnet 4 front only mask sprayed
code 21 yellow body 9 x 24 grey plastic dome head rounded green plastic gloss black post type 3 bonnet 4 front & rear mask sprayed
code 22 yellow body 9 x 24 grey plastic dome head rounded green plastic gloss black post type 3 bonnet 4 front only mask sprayed
code 23 yellow body 9 x 24 silver plastic dome head rounded green plastic gloss black post type 3 bonnet 4 front & rear mask sprayed
code 24 yellow body 9 x 24 silver plastic dome head rounded green plastic gloss black post type 3 bonnet 4 front only mask sprayed
code 25 yellow body 8 x 18 black plastic dome head rounded green plastic gloss black post type 3 bonnet 4 front & rear mask sprayed
code 26 yellow body 8 x 18 black plastic dome head rounded green plastic gloss black post type 3 bonnet 4 front only mask sprayed
code 27 yellow body 9 x 36 black plastic dome head rounded green plastic gloss black post type 3 bonnet 4 front & rear mask sprayed
code 28 yellow body 9 x 36 black plastic dome head rounded green plastic gloss black post type 3 bonnet 4 front only mask sprayed

box types notes
B2 none
B3 none
B4 Vauxhall "Victor"
B4 Vauxhall Victor
B5 Vauxhall Victor
C Vauxhall Victor
D1 one black side one blue
D2 one black side one blue

values

red body with type 1 bonnet, metal wheels 3000+

yellow with type 1 bonnet, metal wheels 300+

yellow with type 2 bonnet metal wheels, no windows 30

yellow, grey plastic wheels, no windows 40

yellow, grey plastic wheels, clear windows 40

yellow, grey plastic wheels, green windows 30

yellow, silver plastic wheels, green windows 50

yellow, black plastic wheels, green windows 80

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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