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 6a Quarry truck



The Lesney model of the first of the quarry trucks was the 6a which was to join the Matchbox 1-75 series in 1954,
It was always painted with the cab in orange and the tipper body in grey which could be tipped because it hinged on two pips on the chassis that located into two holes in the tipper body.
Gold trim was hand applied to the radiator grille and the two tanks at the rear of the body.
It usually came fitted with 11 x 15 grey metal wheels but the very last issue had 11 x 24 grey plastic wheels.
The earlier models had flat head axles and later dome head axles which both had crimped ends.

There were two casting variations,
The first was to the tipper body and this could have a round or a more squared crossmember under the center of the tipper,
The second was to lenghten the axle brace above the front axle,
The grey metal variants were quite common but the one with grey plastic wheels is very rare,
It was packaged in 'A' or 'B' type boxes and was replaced by the next quarry truck the 6b in 1957.

above:scarce 'A' type 'moko script' box

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The very rare 6a with grey plastic wheels.
photo courtesy Andreas Leue.

above: left, short axle brace. right, long axle brace.

above: left, with rounded brace. right, with squared brace.

code number general wheel type axle type axle brace tipper crossmember
code 1 orange body, grey tipper, gold trim 11 x 15 grey metal wheels flat head crimped taller brace round brace
code 2 orange body, grey tipper, gold trim 11 x 15 grey metal wheels flat head crimped taller brace squared brace
code 3 orange body, grey tipper, gold trim 11 x 15 grey metal wheels flat head crimped shorter brace squared brace
code 4 orange body, grey tipper, gold trim 11 x 15 grey metal wheels dome head crimped taller brace round brace
code 5 orange body, grey tipper, gold trim 11 x 15 grey metal wheels dome head crimped taller brace squared brace
code 6 orange body, grey tipper, gold trim 11 x 15 grey metal wheels dome head crimped shorter brace squared brace
code 7 orange body, grey tipper, gold trim 11 x 24 grey plastic wheels dome head crimped shorter brace squared brace

box types notes
A none
B1 none
B2 shorter dump body, with background
B2 shorter dump body, no background
B2 longer dump body, with background
B2 longer dump body, no background
B2 larger box

values

grey metal wheels 45

grey plastic wheels 4000+

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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