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 4c Triumph T110 & sidecar



The 4c Triumph T110 and sidecar joined the range in mid 1960. Like the 27c Cadillac the model was introduced before Lesney decided to limit the range to 75 models so the first Triumphs were cast with the number 78 on the base, these early issues are pre production models but as a few have been found I have included them in the variation table as they are unusal and not easliy spotted so more may turn up in the future.
The first regular production models had the number 78 covered by a raised panel with the number 4 cast in, they were also different to the pre production model as they had thin braces cast along the bottom of the brackets that held the motorcycle and the sidecar together.

The Triumph was painted metallic steel blue all over, It was fitted with intricate diecast 11m diameter wire wheels which were fitted with knobbly tread 16.5 X 36 black plastic tyres.
Soon the tyres were replaced by 16.5 x 72 finer tread tyres and later the sidecar mudguard was strengthened by the lengthening of the bracket which joined it to the sidecar which until now had been just at the upper edge of the mudguard.
The final issue had much wider braces cast into the bottom of the brackets that held the sidecar to the motorcycle.

There is one other very rare issue of the Triumph which came about because some Triumph castings were mistakenly mixed in with castings of the Harley Davidson motorcycle & sidecar, Not only were these Triumph castings painted in the Harley Davidson colour scheme of metallic copper but they were also fitted with Harley Davidson wire wheels with a 9.5mm diameter and Harley Davidson 16 x 72 tyres and also Harley Davidson axles which were 3.5mm longer than the regular Triumph axles, These are very rare but fakes are known to exist too.
The Triumph had a six year run until it was replaced by the 4d Dodge stake truck towards the end of 1966. It is none too common which is probably due to the delicate casting resulting in many of them being broken over the years, The model is very often found minus its handlebars and rough play can result in the motorcycle and sidecar going their seperate ways. It was packaged in 'B', 'C' and 'D' type boxes.


Updated: 21-08-11,
A new variation has recently been discovered by forum members Shenk, Zbret and Tinman on which the front axle is held in place by a biff rivet rather than a standard axle pin, The thin braces on the underside of the sidecar tell us that it is a fairly early issue, I have added to the listing table at code 2.

above: A pre production model with number 78 on the base and no braces
photo courtesy Hugh Stiles (Idris)

above: left, later issue with wide braces. right. early issue with narrow braces.

above: The biff rivet front axle.
photo courtesy Zbret from the forum.

above: rare copper Triumph

code number general wheel type tyres front axle base ribs mudguard brace
code 1 metallic steel blue, number 78 on base. (pre production) 11mm wire wheels 16.5 x 36 black plastic axle pin no ribs short braces
code 2 metallic steel blue, number 4 on base 11mm wire wheels 16.5 x 36 black plastic biff rivet thin ribs short braces
code 3 metallic steel blue, number 4 on base 11mm wire wheels 16.5 x 36 black plastic axle pin thin ribs short braces
code 4 metallic steel blue, number 4 on base 11mm wire wheels 16.5 x 72 black plastic axle pin thin ribs short braces
code 5 metallic steel blue, number 4 on base 11mm wire wheels 16.5 x 72 black plastic axle pin thin ribs long braces
code 6 metallic steel blue, number 4 on base 11mm wire wheels 16.5 x 72 black plastic axle pin thick ribs long braces
code 7 metallic copper, number 4 on base 9.5mm wire wheels (66b) 16 x 72 black plastic axle pin thin ribs short braces

box types notes
B5 "Triumph-sidecar 110"
B5 "Triumph 110 and sidecar"
C "Triumph 110 and sidecar"
D1 one black side one blue
D2 one black side one blue
D2 two blue sides
D2 light blue sides

values

steel blue body, number 78 on base 400+ (estimate)

steel blue body, number 4 on base 60

metallic copper body, number 4 on base 2500+ (estimate)

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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