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Lesney Matchbox Major pack M1b BP Autotanker



Lesney introduced the very futuristic looking M1b "BP" (Leyland) Autotanker in 1961, The Autotanker was based on a prototype of which only the one was made but having the familiar BP livery made it kind of recognisable to the boys that were buying them.
The body was a one piece casting which was painted green with a yellow top half, The sides had BP shield decals with a large white background which served to colour the sides white, The front and rear also had BP decals and the front decal concealed the only casting modification which was a hole in the front panel which was filled on the later issues. As can be seen from the picture below the front panel was actually the door to the cab.
The baseplate was gloss black and the model was fitted with eight knobbly tread black plastic wheels which was changed to a finer tread wheel on the later issues and the axles were always dome head with rounded ends,
The window unit was green tinted plastic and early issues had silver trim to the headlights and rear bumper but later this was reduced to the headlights only although models have been seen without any silver trim at all.
The Autotanker was packed in 'C' or 'D' type boxes, It is not hard to find although boxed models are not that common, It was deleted in 1966.


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Lot 1558 The California Matchbox Collection - March 10th, 2008 Matchbox Major Pack No.M1 "BP" Autotanker - yellow, green, no rear silver trim, fine tread black plastic wheels - Excellent Plus nice example in Excellent Plus detailed picture box (very small pen mark to one picture side) - still displays well. Estimate: 40-60 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 35


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Lot 1557 The California Matchbox Collection - March 10th, 2008 Matchbox Major Pack No.M1 "BP" Autotanker - yellow, green, knobbly black plastic wheels - Near Mint in Good Plus to Excellent "New Model" Lesney box. Estimate: 40-60 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 25

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Lot 2571 The Nathan-A-James Collection - February 18th, 2008 Matchbox Major Pack No.M1 "BP" Auto Tanker - yellow, green, white, black plastic wheels - Near Mint including colour picture box. Estimate: 50-60 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 30


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Lot 2525 The Ron Slyder Collection - April 12th, 2007 Matchbox Major Pack - M1 BP Auto Tanker - no rear silver trim, smooth black plastic wheels - Excellent in Fair to Good detailed colour picture box with colour picture end flaps (one end flap tape repaired). Scarce late issue box. Estimate: 30-40 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 25

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Lot 2524 The Ron Slyder Collection - April 12th, 2007 Matchbox Major Pack - M1 BP Auto Tanker - rear silver trim, knobbly black plastic wheels - Excellent in Good Plus detailed colour picture box (tape repair to one end flap). Estimate: 20-30 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 25

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Lot 2523 The Ron Slyder Collection - April 12th, 2007 Matchbox Major Pack - M1 BP Auto Tanker - knobbly black plastic wheels, rear silver trim - Excellent in Fair to Good "New Model" type C Lesney box (one inner end flap detached). Estimate: 20-30 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 20