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So a new variation that would be nearest to variation 4 would become the new 4a, etc.

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Moko Lesney Matchbox 9d Boat & trailer



The Lesney model of the 9d Boat & trailer was introduced into the Matchbox 1-75 series late in 1966 replacing the 9c Merryweather fire engine.
The trailer was painted a darkish blue all over but the shades can vary some.
It was fitted with 9 x 36 black plastic wheels on dome head axles with rounded ends which were kept for the life of the model.
The Boat was completely made from plastic with no metal parts at all. It was initially released with a blue deck, a white hull and a white interior and the windows were clear plastic.
Later the deck was recoloured to a dull turquoise-blue but the interior and hull were kept in white.
The Boat can be found with or without blocks cast into the sides just below where the trailer arms hold on to the boat, This is possibly to add some strength to an area that may crack with rough play.

There was also one minor casting modification to the trailer where two very small studs were cast into the ends of the axle carrier, I can't see a reason for the studs being added and it could just be that two different trailer dies were in use.
Pre production models of the boat are known to exist in red and black and possibly a dull green and white and other unusual colour variations have also been seen over the years.
The model was converted to superfast wheels in 1970 and the boat with its superfast trailer is known to have been released on at least seven colour schemes which should not be confused with the regular wheel issues. There is a list of known superfast issues below.
The blue and white issue of the boat and trailer is a fairly common model, The dull turquoise-blue issue is not so common but it does not sell for much of a premium probably because in the eyes of most collectors it is not a particularly desirable model.
It was packaged in 'E' and 'F' type boxes. It was deleted from the 1-75 superfast range in 1972 but I think it may have been re used at a later date.

above: dark green + white
possibly a pre production model

above: a line up of boat colours, photo courtesy George Marshall

below is a list of known regular wheel issues

code number general wheel type trailer studs boat type
code 1 blue deck, white hull & interior, clear windows 9 x 36 black plastic with studs without blocks
code 2 blue deck, white hull & interior, clear windows 9 x 36 black plastic without studs without blocks
code 3 blue deck, white hull & interior, clear windows 9 x 36 black plastic with studs with blocks
code 4 blue deck, white hull & interior, clear windows 9 x 36 black plastic without studs with blocks
code 5 dull turquoise-blue deck, white hull & interior, clear windows 9 x 36 black plastic with studs without blocks
code 6 dull turquoise-blue deck, white hull & interior, clear windows 9 x 36 black plastic without studs with blocks

below is a list of known superfast boat colours

deck colour hull colour interior colour
white white white
blue white white
black white white
white blue white
off white blue white
white white grey
blue blue grey

box types notes
E4 light blue sides
E4R light blue sides
F2 A Lesney Product
F2 A Lesney Product, larger box
F2 "Matchbox" reg'd TM of Lesney Products& Co Ltd London England

values

with a blue deck 20

with a dull turquoise-blue deck 25

values are for mint models in mint boxes

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