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 72b Jeep CJ5



The Lesney model of the American motors corporation Jeep (CJ5) joined the Matchbox 1-75 series in late 1966,
It was a fair copy of the original world war two GP modeI which was nicknamed Jeep by the servicemen that drove them but although this had the style of the older military vehicle it was actually a modernised vehicle with up to date design and mechanical parts.
It was always painted bright yellow with a seperate yellow windscreen frame and a black baseplate,
The wheels were 8mm yellow plastic with 14 x 72 black plastic tyres on dome head axles with rounded ends and there was also a spare tyre affixed to the tailgate which fitted onto a wheel hub that was cast in as part of the body,
The baseplate was attached by an L shaped bracket which located through a slot just behind the front bumper and by a round rivet at the rear by the tow hook,
The baseplate also included the front bumper and the side steps as part of the casting and it was usually painted gloss black but a short run exists that have a flat black baseplate.
The interior was usually red plastic but a very short run were fitted with a white interior which is very rare and seldom seen and is in all probability a pre production issue,
The interior molding also incorporated the tow hook as part of the molding as well as the steering wheel and the springs for the front and rear suspension

There was just one casting modification to the underside of the bonnet (hood) where a post was cast in to hold down the front suspension spring to stiffen up the suspension on the front axle,
Midway through the models life it was recolored to a deeper and slightly darker construction yellow only to revert back to its earlier shade at a later date
Apart from the previously mentioned rare white interior version there are no other rare or sought after variations,
It was sold in 'E' and 'F' type boxes and was converted to superfast wheels in 1970.


above: Very rare pre production model of the Jeep with
white plastic seats, from the Renaat Maes collection
photo courtesy - Renaat Maes

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above, left with smooth interior of grille, right, with a raised panel
Photos courtesy Antonin Schenk

code number general wheel type tyres baseplate interior bonnet (hood) post grille inner casting
code 1 yellow body, black base, 8mm yellow 14 x 72 black plastic gloss black red plastic no post smooth
code 2 yellow body, black base, 8mm yellow 14 x 72 black plastic gloss black red plastic with post smooth
code 3 yellow body, black base, 8mm yellow 14 x 72 black plastic satin black red plastic with post smooth
code 4 yellow body, black base, 8mm yellow 14 x 72 black plastic gloss black white plastic with post smooth
code 5 darker yellow body, black base, 8mm yellow 14 x 72 black plastic gloss black red plastic with post smooth
code 6 yellow body, black base, 8mm yellow 14 x 72 black plastic gloss black red plastic with post with raised panel

box types notes
E4 light blue sides, "new model"
E4R light blue sides,
F2 none

values

yellow with red interior 25

yellow with white interior 500+

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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