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 54b S & S Cadillac ambulance



The Lesney model of the 54b S & S Cadillac ambulance joined the Matchbox1-75 series in mid 1965.
It was painted off white and it had a translucent blue tinted window unit which held in the three red plastic roof lights.
The grille and headlights were enhanced with mask sprayed silver trim but the rear end was never trimmed.
Initially the interior was ivory coloured plastic but towards the end of the models life it was replaced by a white plastic interior.
It was only ever fitted with one wheel size which was 10 x 36 black plastic which were mounted on dome head axles with rounded ends.
The first issues were fitted with red cross decals to the front doors, later small red cross labels were fitted instead, a short final run was fitted with the larger red cross labels from the 3c Mercedes ambulance.
A spring was concealed inside the baseplate to supply the springing to the suspension, the suspension was only operated on the front axle, the rear axle was solidly mounted.

There were two minor casting variations to the baseplate,
The first was carried out fairly early in its life and that was to the area below the rear axle where a raised platform was cast in probably to add some strength,
Later on towards the end of its life the second modification was carried out to the socket for the front rivet where it was lengthened and thickened slightly and this was most likely to add some strength and to ensure the front rivet would not be easily pulled out of the baseplate socket during when the model was subject to rough play.
On some of the later issues the black paint of the baseplate was not thinned enough and went on with a kind of a speckled finish that can be mistaken for flat or matt paint.
The issues with red cross decals or the ones with the smaller red cross labels are quite common but the one fitted with the larger red cross label as fitted to the 3c Mercedes ambulance are quite hard to find.
The Cadillac was packaged in 'E' and 'F' type boxes and was converted to superfast wheels in 1970, it was finally deleted in 1971.

above: left rear, decal. right rear, small label. front large label (from 3c)

above: with large decal from 3c.
(awaiting model details for inclusion into the variation table)

code number general wheels red cross baseplate-rear axle baseplate-front socket interior colour
code 1 white body, silver trim, blue tinted windows
black base, red roof lights
10 x 36 black plastic decal no platform short socket ivory
code 2 white body, silver trim, blue tinted windows
black base, red roof lights
10 x 36 black plastic decal with platform short socket ivory
code 3 white body, silver trim, blue tinted windows
black base, red roof lights
10 x 36 black plastic small label no platform short socket ivory
code 4 white body, silver trim, blue tinted windows
black base, red roof lights
10 x 36 black plastic small label with platform short socket ivory
code 5 white body, silver trim, blue tinted windows
black base, red roof lights
10 x 36 black plastic small label with platform long socket ivory
code 6 white body, silver trim, blue tinted windows
black base, red roof lights
10 x 36 black plastic small label with platform long socket white
code 7 white body, silver trim, blue tinted windows
black base, red roof lights
10 x 36 black plastic large label with platform long socket white

box types notes
E2 two blue sides, "new model"
E2 light blue sides,
E3 light blue sides,
E4R light blue sides,
F2 none

values

with decals 25

with small labels 25

with large labels (as 3c) 60

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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