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 72a Fordson major tractor



The Lesney model of the Fordson major tractor took the number 72 spot in the Matchbox 1-75 series in 1959.
It was always painted a darkish blue with silver trim to the radiator grille but the shades of the blue do vary some,
The steering wheel and tow hook were both cast in as part of the body casting and are quite delicate and are often missing altogether.
Lesney did not cast in the air intake or the exhaust to the bonnet (hood) at all and this was probably because of how often these parts broke off during assembly of the earlier tractors.
The early models had regular grey or black plastic wheels at the front with grey or black tyres on orange or sometimes yellow wheels at the rear.
Later the front wheels were changed to match the rear wheels, ie tyres on wheels, the orange wheels are common but the yellow wheels are quite rare and the orange hubs had a smooth inner face so could only be fitted one way around but the yellow hubs were identical on both sides so could be mounted either way around,
The axles were always dome head with rounded ends,

There was one casting modification to the base where the split rivet joined the two main parts together, on the early models there was a platform around where the rivet came through the base, on later issues the platform was done away with and the rivet head had a flat base around it.
Fairly early in it's life part of the die broke and models appeared with infill above the right side of the engine, The model did look quite a mess until the damaged die was repaired, I have not included the infill model in the variation table but if anyone should be interested it was the variation with orange rear wheels and 11 x 24 black plastic front wheels.

Except for the yellow hubbed models which are quite rare the Fordson is a fairly common toy. It was packaged in 'B', 'C' and 'D' type boxes and was replaced by the 72b Jeep CJ5 in 1966.

code number general front wheel front tyre rear wheel rear tyre base rivet
code 1 blue body, 11 x 24 grey plastic n/a 13.5mm orange 22 x 30 grey central ridge
code 2 blue body, silver trim 11 x 24 grey plastic n/a 13.5mm orange 22 x 30 grey central ridge
code 3 blue body, 11 x 24 grey plastic n/a 13.5mm yellow 22 x 30 grey central ridge
code 4 blue body, silver trim 11 x 24 grey plastic n/a 13.5mm yellow 22 x 30 grey central ridge
code 5 blue body, silver trim 11 x 24 black plastic n/a 13.5mm orange 22 x 30 black central ridge
code 6 blue body, silver trim 10 x 24 black plastic n/a 13.5mm orange 22 x 30 black central ridge
code 7 blue body, silver trim 11 x 45 black plastic n/a 13.5mm orange 22 x 30 black central ridge
code 8 blue body, silver trim 11 x 45 black plastic n/a 13mm orange 22 x 24 black central ridge
code 9 blue body, silver trim 6mm orange 13mm grey 13mm orange 22 x 24 grey central ridge
code 10 blue body, silver trim 6mm orange 13mm grey 13mm orange 22 x 24 grey flat plate
code 11 blue body, silver trim 6mm orange 13mm black 13mm orange 22 x 24 black central ridge
code 12 blue body, silver trim 6mm orange 13mm black 13mm orange 22 x 24 black flat plate
code 13 blue body, silver trim 6mm yellow 13mm grey 13mm yellow 22 x 24 grey central ridge
code 14 blue body, silver trim 6mm yellow 13mm grey 13mm yellow 22 x 24 grey flat plate
code 15 blue body, silver trim 6mm yellow 13mm black 13mm yellow 22 x 24 black central ridge
code 16 blue body, silver trim 6mm yellow 13mm black 13mm yellow 22 x 24 black flat plate

box types notes
B4 none
B5 red hubs, knobbly treads
B5 yellow hubs, knobbly treads
B5 red hubs, fine treads
C without lines beneath wheels
C with lines beneath wheels
D1 one black side one blue
D2 one black side one blue
D2 two blue sides
D2 light blue sides,

values

yellow wheels front & rear, grey tyres 800

yellow wheels front & rear, black tyres 800

yellow wheels at rear, grey tyres & grey front wheels 1500+

all other models 40

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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