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 70a Ford thames estate car



As an adult this has to be one of my favourite models, at 17 years old my first two "cars" were Thameses, the first was a minibus almost Identical to the Lesney model, my next Thames was a panel van, now long gone but the memories remain,
The Lesney model of the Thames was introduced into the Matchbox 1-75 series in 1959 and is shown in the catalogue in red and white but the model appeared with turquoise lower panels and yellow upper & roof, It had a black baseplate which was held in by a tongue and slot at the rear and by a split rivet behind the front bumper,
Silver trim was applied to the grille, headlights and bumpers but later on the trim was omitted from the rear bumper, I have not included this variation in the listing as I don't have many examples to compare. The first issues were not fitted with windows and had no rivets in the roof to fix the window to, this was soon modified and two rivets were cast into the roof and either clear or green tinted windows were fitted.

Grey, silver and black plastic wheels were fitted which were usually on dome head axles with rounded ends but one issue appeared with crimped axles and although it would appear to be the first issue this variation had windows fitted which does confuse the timeline of variations issued.
The baseplate was modified fairly early in it's life, the first baseplate had a single brace running down the center with four ejector rings, one in each corner, this was modified by the lengthening and thickening of the center brace and by adding two cross braces and a round ejector ring to the center, the four ejector rings in the corners were still there but they no longer stood proud like on the earlier version,
The Thames was sold in 'B' and 'D' type boxes it being one of the few models not to be released in the 'C' box, After 7 years in the range it was replaced by the 70b Ford grit spreading truck in 1966. After owning a Ford Transit for a couple of years I bought a third Thames which was an ex Brooke Bond tea panel van which was painted dark red and was signwritten with "Brooke Bond tea" on the sides and had the brooke bond "tealeaf" painted on the front doors which was exactly like the Lesney 47a Trojan van.
As an ex Thames owner I could not help but notice that Lesney forgot to mold in the rear indicators which were the same size as the front ones and mounted at the same height as the front.

code number general wheel type axle type windows baseplate roof type
code 1 turquoise & yellow body, silver trim, black base 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head rounded none early no window rivets
code 2 turquoise & yellow body, silver trim, black base 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head rounded none early with window rivets
code 3 turquoise & yellow body, silver trim, black base 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head rounded clear early with window rivets
code 4 turquoise & yellow body, silver trim, black base 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head rounded clear later with window rivets
code 5 turquoise & yellow body, silver trim, black base 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head crimped clear early with window rivets
code 6 turquoise & yellow body, silver trim, black base 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head rounded green tinted early with window rivets
code 7 turquoise & yellow body, silver trim, black base 9 x 20 grey plastic dome head rounded green tinted later with window rivets
code 8 turquoise & yellow body, silver trim, black base 9 x 20 silver plastic dome head rounded clear later with window rivets
code 9 turquoise & yellow body, silver trim, black base 9 x 20 silver plastic dome head rounded green tinted later with window rivets
code 10 turquoise & yellow body, silver trim, black base 9 x 24 silver plastic dome head rounded clear later with window rivets
code 11 turquoise & yellow body, silver trim, black base 9 x 24 silver plastic dome head rounded green tinted later with window rivets
code 12 turquoise & yellow body, silver trim, black base 9 x 24 grey plastic dome head rounded green tinted later with window rivets
code 13 turquoise & yellow body, silver trim, black base 9 x 24 black plastic dome head rounded green tinted later with window rivets
code 14 turquoise & yellow body, silver trim, black base 9 x 36 black plastic dome head rounded green tinted later with window rivets

box types notes
B4 none
B5 "new model"
B5 upper case lettering
B5 lower case lettering
D1 one black side one blue
D2 one black side one blue
D2 two blue sides

values

with crimped axles 60+

all other models 40

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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