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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Lesney Matchbox 74b Daimler bus

Moko Lesney Matchbox 74b Daimler bus



The Lesney model of the Daimler bus joined the Matchbox 1-75 series in 1966 and it was produced in three different colour schemes,
It made its first appearance in cream which was later changed to dark green and then finally to a bright red which was kept on after the model was converted to superfast wheels,
It was only ever fitted with one wheel size which was 10 x 36 black plastic that were mounted on dome head axles with riveted ends and unusually it was never fitted with a plastic window unit.
All three versions had "Esso Extra Petrol" labels but the very first cream version can have decals or labels. All were fitted with bright white plastic interiors except for the first issue cream variants which had off white interiors.

There are a few casting variations,
Firstly from a side view the windscreen pillars can be either tapered on the very early cream models and straight on all the other issues.
One hard to see variation on the later models is on the inside of the upper deck on the left hand side, the struts that run up the side the window openings can be found with fan shaped braces at the top which are not found on earlier models,
Finally a paint variation under the base on the opening beneath the engine can be either painted or unpainted on the early cream models, the green and red variants all had this area unpainted

This is quite an easy model to find, it was sold in 'E' or 'F' type boxes and there are many box variations to look for, The 'F' box with a red bus illustration is quite hard to find. It was converted to superfast wheels in 1970 and deleted in 1972.

photograph courtesy Jan Naessens

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Showing the large and the smaller Esso labels

code number general base paint coverage interior colour windscreen pillars window braces
code 1 cream body 10 x 36 BPW decal painted opening under base off white interior tapered windscreen pillars no fan shaped window braces
code 2 cream body 10 x 36 BPW decal painted opening under base white interior tapered windscreen pillars no fan shaped window braces
code 3 cream body 10 x 36 BPW decal unpainted opening under base white interior straight windscreen pillars no fan shaped window braces
code 4 cream body 10 x 36 BPW decal unpainted opening under base white interior straight windscreen pillars fan shaped window braces
code 5 cream body 10 x 36 BPW small Esso label unpainted opening under base white interior straight windscreen pillars no fan shaped window braces
code 6 cream body 10 x 36 BPW larger Esso label unpainted opening under base white interior straight windscreen pillars no fan shaped window braces
code 7 cream body 10 x 36 BPW small Esso label unpainted opening under base white interior straight windscreen pillars fan shaped window braces
code 8 cream body 10 x 36 BPW larger Esso label unpainted opening under base white interior straight windscreen pillars fan shaped window braces
code 9 green body 10 x 36 BPW small Esso label unpainted opening under base white interior straight windscreen pillars fan shaped window braces
code 10 green body 10 x 36 BPW larger Esso label unpainted opening under base white interior straight windscreen pillars fan shaped window braces
code 11 dark green body 10 x 36 BPW small Esso label unpainted opening under base white interior straight windscreen pillars fan shaped window braces
code 12 dark green body 10 x 36 BPW larger Esso label unpainted opening under base white interior straight windscreen pillars fan shaped window braces
code 13 red body 10 x 36 BPW small Esso label unpainted opening under base white interior straight windscreen pillars fan shaped window braces
code 14 red body 10 x 36 BPW larger Esso label unpainted opening under base white interior straight windscreen pillars fan shaped window braces

box types notes
E3 two blue sides, "new model" cream bus
E3 light blue sides, "new model", cream bus
E4 light blue sides, "new model", cream bus
E4R light blue sides, cream bus
E4R light blue sides, green bus
F2 green bus
F2 red bus

values

red bus with red bus illustrated on box 45

all other models 25

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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