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So a new variation that would be nearest to variation 4 would become the new 4a, etc.

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Moko Lesney Matchbox 58b Drott excavator



The Lesney model of the 58b drott excavator was introduced into the Matchbox 1-75 series in 1963 and along with the newly released 43b Aveling Barford increased the range of construction vehicles that were then available.
The Drott was initially painted red with a silver baseplate but the red can vary between dull red to red. The dozer arms were always body coloured and the silver baseplate included the engine detail cast in. Later the body was recoloured to orange and after a short while the baseplate was also recoloured to orange.
The first issue had grey metal rollers which is quite rare, black rollers were the ones usually used on the Drott but models fitted with silver rollers made a brief appearance. The axles were always dome head with rounded ends and the tracks were 25 tread green rubber.

There were several casting variations, The first modification was carried out to the digger arms, The early issues had 1mm thick arms but these were soon thickened to 1.3mm.
Next two small triangular wedges were cast on the underside, they are easy to see by turning the model upside down and removing the right side rubber track.
Next was a modification to the digger arms, early issues had a triangular opening in the arms, these were later cast closed although the triangular shape remained it was now just a triangular depression.
Finally two lifting stops were cast in either side of the drivers seat that limited the amount of travel the arms could move through but on comparing the models that are with & without the lifting stops it appears the lifting stops did not actually do anything so maybe they were added to help to correctly align the arms to the body when the arms were being rivited to the body.

All the black wheeled variants are common, The red issue with silver base and silver wheels is scarce, The metal rollered model and the orange version with silver rollers are both recent discoveries so the prices for these are estimated and could be higher.
The Drott was packaged in 'D' and 'E' type boxes, it was replaced by the 58c DAF girder truck in 1968.

above: left, red with silver rollers. right, red with black rollers

above: left, orange with orange base. right, orange with silver base.

above: digger arm gap open and cast closed.

above: 1.3mm thick arms shown, early issue has 1mm arms

code number general tracks rollers lifting stops baseplate digger arms arm thickness
code 1 red body & blade, silver baseplate 25 tread green rubber 9.5mm metal no stops no wedges cast cast open 1mm
code 2 red body & blade, silver baseplate 25 tread green rubber 9.5mm black plastic no stops no wedges cast cast open 1mm
code 3 red body & blade, silver baseplate 25 tread green rubber 9.5mm black plastic no stops no wedges cast cast open 1.3mm
code 4 red body & blade, silver baseplate 25 tread green rubber 9.5mm black plastic no stops with wedges cast open 1.3mm
code 5 red body & blade, silver baseplate 25 tread green rubber 9.5mm black plastic no stops with wedges cast closed 1.3mm
code 6 red body & blade, silver baseplate 25 tread green rubber 9.5mm silver plastic no stops with wedges cast open 1.3mm
code 7 red body & blade, silver baseplate 25 tread green rubber 9.5mm silver plastic no stops with wedges cast closed 1.3mm
code 8 orange body & blade, silver baseplate 25 tread green rubber 9.5mm black plastic with stops with wedges cast closed 1.3mm
code 9 orange body, blade & baseplate 25 tread green rubber 9.5mm black plastic with stops with wedges cast closed 1.3mm
code 10 orange body, blade & baseplate 25 tread green rubber 9.5mm silver plastic with stops with wedges cast closed 1.3mm

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,
E4 light blue sides,

values

red with metal rollers 100+

red with black rollers 20

red with silver rollers 100

orange with silver baseplate 40

orange with orange baseplate & black rollers 30

orange with orange baseplate & silver rollers 100+

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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