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Moko Lesney Matchbox 52a Maserati 4CLT



The Lesney model of the 52a Maserati 4CLT was introduced into the Matchbox 1-75 series in mid 1958 which was handy for the previously released 41a Jaguar D type as it had been sitting on the starting grid for six months and now it finally had something to race against.
The Maserati was painted red and it had hand applied silver trim to the grille, exhaust and fuel filler cap but this was soon changed to mask sprayed silver trim to the grille only, the baseplate was initially flat black but that was also soon changed to gloss black. The die cast metal driver was painted cream.
The wheels were 12.5 x 30 black plastic whith an extension to the back to space them away from the body and they were mounted on dome head axles with crimped ends but were soon modified to axles with rounded ends.
The first issue had no decals but later racing number '52' decals were applied. The final issue of red bodied Maseratis were fitted with die cast wire wheels that also had the extension or spacer to the back and these were fitted with 14 x 60 black plastic tyres and this variation is by far the rarest.

The model was later recoloured to yellow and soon after the driver was recoloured to white.
Two short runs can be found that were fitted with either number '3' or number '5' decals and these are both quite hard to find variations.
There were two minor casting variations. First a stud was cast to the center of the bonnet (hood). I don't know what the stud was meant to represent as I can't find anything on the real car that it could be.
The second casting variation was to the drivers left arm where a round indentation was cast in just above the elbow and this was probably an ejector ring that helped remove the driver casting from the die,
The Maserati is not too hard to find and it stayed in the range for seven years so I guess it must have been a good seller in its day,
Rarities are the yellow version with either 3 or 5 decal or the red version with wire wheels, it was sold in 'B', 'C' and 'D' type boxes and was replaced by the 52b B.R.M. racing car in 1965.

above: the hard to find issue with '3' decals.

code number general decals wheel type tyres driver colour axle type bonnet stud drivers arm
code 1 red body, silver trim
flat black base
none 12.5 x 30 black plastic n/a cream dome head crimped no stud no ring
code 2 red body, silver trim
gloss black base
none 12.5 x 30 black plastic n/a cream dome head crimped no stud no ring
code 3 red body, silver trim
flat black base
#52 12.5 x 30 black plastic n/a cream dome head crimped no stud no ring
code 4 red body, silver trim
gloss black base
#52 12.5 x 30 black plastic n/a cream dome head crimped no stud no ring
code 5 red body, silver trim
gloss black base
#52 12.5 x 30 black plastic n/a cream dome head rounded no stud no ring
code 6 red body, silver trim
gloss black base
#52 8mm wire wheel 14 x 60 black plastic cream dome head rounded no stud no ring
code 7 yellow body, silver trim
gloss black base
#52 8mm wire wheel 14 x 60 black plastic cream dome head rounded no stud no ring
code 8 yellow body, silver trim
gloss black base
#52 8mm wire wheel 14 x 60 black plastic cream dome head rounded with stud with ring
code 9 yellow body, silver trim
gloss black base
#52 8mm wire wheel 14 x 60 black plastic white dome head rounded no stud with ring
code 10 yellow body, silver trim
gloss black base
#52 8mm wire wheel 14 x 60 black plastic white dome head rounded with stud no ring
code 11 yellow body, silver trim
gloss black base
#52 8mm wire wheel 14 x 60 black plastic white dome head rounded with stud with ring
code 12 yellow body, silver trim
gloss black base
#5 8mm wire wheel 14 x 60 black plastic cream dome head rounded with stud no ring
code 13 yellow body, silver trim
gloss black base
#5 8mm wire wheel 14 x 60 black plastic white dome head rounded with stud with ring
code 14 yellow body, silver trim
gloss black base
#3 8mm wire wheel 14 x 60 black plastic white dome head rounded with stud with ring
code 15 yellow body, silver trim
gloss black base
#3 8mm wire wheel 14 x 60 black plastic white dome head rounded with stud no ring

box types notes
B2 none
B3 none
B4 none
B5 none
C Maserati 4CLT 1948
C Maserati
D1 one black side one blue
D2 one black side one blue

values

red, black plastic wheels, no decals 40

red, black plastic wheels, #52 decals 50

red, wire wheels, #52 decals 300+

yellow, wire wheels, #52 decals 40

yellow, wire wheels, #5 decals 100+

yellow, wire wheels, #3 decals 100+

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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