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 47b Commer ice cream van



The Lesney model of the 47b Commer ice cream van was first introduced to the Matchbox 1-75 series in 1963, It was a wonderful toy and a favorite with children, The only fault I can find is that it should have been painted in more flamboyant colour schemes, The real ice cream vans I remember from the 1960's were painted in bright pinks and yellows, The lesney would have been teriffic in pink, As it was it appeared in three colour schemes, The first to appear was a dark metallic blue, Then a mid blue which changed to a slightly lighter shade on the later issues, Then the final release in cream. It had a black baseplate and domed head rounded axles which usually had black wheels but there was a short run with grey wheels, The interior of the early issues was light tan but this was changed to off white or the more common white, It had clear plastic windows and mask sprayed silver trim applied to the headlights grille and front bumper.

There were three different Lyons maid decal sets applied, The first set had a longer striped roof decal and the side decal had a taller panel with the Lyons maid name on, The decals colours were pink, lime green, orange and brown. The second set had shorter striped roof decal and after some time the Lyons maid panel on the side decal was reduced in height, The colours were changed to plum, lime green red and brown, The third set were a complete redesign with an oval roof decal and red & white side decals. There were at least three different interior molds in use and all were different, Type I had a salesman that was taller than the side window, he had legs and there was a brace behind the drivers seat, The second mold was the same but the brace was behind the passenger seat, The third had the brace behind the drivers seat but the driver had no legs, because his coat reached down to the floor, Stannard lists a fourth version identical to version 3 but with an even shorter salesman, I have not found this variation yet but have kept it in the listing.

Apart from a slight thickening of the windscreen pillars and the rear window divider just before the colour change to cream there was only one casting modification, The original base was a 'snap in' type that had a tongue on the front and rear ends of the baseplate and corresponding slots in the body for it to locate into, The front tongue and slot were removed and replaced by a rivet. It was packaged in 'D' and 'E' type boxes and was deleted in 1968 to make way for the 47c Daf tipper container truck.

above: back row, the three rare variants, the metallic blue, the grey plastic wheels and the cream with striped decals.

above: three types of roof decals, left to right: long stripes, short stripes and oval

above: the interior braces, left: braces behind driver seat,

right: braces behind the passenger seat.

above: Three different colour interiors, left to right: light tan, off white & white. note the smaller

Lyons maid panel and the change of colours on the side decal of the right hand model.

below: I have listed a seperate table for interior colours, to include interior

colours to the main table would give 56 variations but some versions may not exist

body colour interior colour
metallic blue light tan, off white, white
blue off white, white
cream off white, white

code number colour wheel type roof decal type side decal type base type interior type
code 1 metallic blue 10 x 24 black plastic long stripes taller striped snap in taller man, brace behind drivers seat
code 2 metallic blue 10 x 24 black plastic long stripes taller striped snap in shorter man, brace behind drivers seat
code 3 metallic blue 10 x 24 black plastic long stripes taller striped snap in taller man, brace behind passenger seat
code 4 blue 10 x 24 black plastic long stripes taller striped snap in taller man, brace behind drivers seat
code 5 blue 10 x 24 black plastic long stripes taller striped snap in taller man, brace behind passenger seat
code 6 blue 10 x 24 black plastic long stripes taller striped snap in shorter man, brace behind drivers seat
code 7 blue 10 x 24 black plastic long stripes taller striped snap in shortest man, brace behind drivers seat
code 8 blue 10 x 24 black plastic short stripes taller striped snap in taller man, brace behind drivers seat
code 9 blue 10 x 24 black plastic short stripes taller striped snap in taller man, brace behind passenger seat
code 10 blue 10 x 24 black plastic short stripes taller striped snap in shorter man, brace behind drivers seat
code 11 blue 10 x 24 grey plastic short stripes taller striped snap in taller man, brace behind drivers seat
code 12 blue 10 x 24 grey plastic short stripes taller striped snap in taller man, brace behind passenger seat
code 13 blue 10 x 24 grey plastic short stripes shorter striped snap in taller man, brace behind passenger seat
code 14 blue 10 x 24 grey plastic short stripes shorter striped snap in taller man, brace behind drivers seat
code 15 blue 11 x 45 black plastic short stripes shorter striped snap in taller man, brace behind drivers seat
code 16 blue 11 x 45 black plastic short stripes shorter striped snap in taller man, brace behind passenger seat
code 17 blue 11 x 45 black plastic short stripes shorter striped riveted taller man, brace behind drivers seat
code 18 blue 11 x 45 black plastic short stripes shorter striped riveted taller man, brace behind passenger seat
code 19 blue 11 x 45 black plastic short stripes shorter striped riveted shorter man, brace behind drivers seat
code 20 blue 11 x 45 black plastic oval red & white riveted taller man, brace behind drivers seat
code 21 blue 11 x 45 black plastic oval red & white riveted taller man, brace behind passenger seat
code 22 blue 11 x 45 black plastic oval red & white riveted shortest man, brace behind drivers seat
code 23 cream 11 x 45 black plastic short stripes shorter striped riveted taller man, brace behind drivers seat
code 24 cream 11 x 45 black plastic oval red & white riveted shorter man, brace behind drivers seat
code 25 cream 11 x 45 black plastic oval red & white riveted taller man, brace behind drivers seat
code 26 cream 11 x 45 black plastic oval red & white riveted taller man, brace behind passenger seat
code 27 cream 11 x 45 black plastic oval red & white riveted shorter man, brace behind drivers seat
code 28 cream 11 x 45 black plastic oval red & white riveted shortest man, brace behind drivers seat

box types notes
D1 one black side one blue "new model"
D2 one black side one blue
D2 two blue sides
D2 light blue sides
E3 light blue sides

values

metallic blue 80

blue with grey plastic wheels 200

cream with striped decals 180

all other models 30

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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