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Lesney Matchbox Major pack M4b GMC Fruehauf hopper train



The M4b GMC Fruehauf hopper train was introduced in 1965 when it replaced the Ruston Bucyrus.
The hopper train had a dark red tractor unit with silver trim to the headlights and front bumper and two silver painted hopper trailers which had two silver painted opening doors in the floors of the hoppers, the baseplate of the tractor unit was painted black and it had green tinted windows
The sides of the hoppers displayed red & white "Fruehauf" labels and all of the wheel hubs were red plastic which are prone to shrinkage and will fade to pink if left in direct sunlight,
The hubs were mounted on dome head axles with rounded ends and it had a spare wheel & tyre at the back of the tractor unit.
The tyres were originally grey plastic but were soon changed to black plastic.
The tractor unit was permanantly attached to the first trailer by a chromed or silver grey rivet and the two trailers were joined together by a white plastic eye.
There were minor casting modifications to the tractor unit where the pillar that attached the trailer was originally round has a square platform added, also there were braces added to the tool boxes below the doors, The trailers were also modified in the area of the rear rivets.
The GMC hopper train was really in too large a scale for the majors series but in 1967 the major series was discontinued and the GMC became number K4b in the kingsize range which had been introduced in 1960 which was really where the model should have been from the start.
The model is fairly common but the early issue with grey tyres is quite rare. It was packaged in an 'E' type box and production of the major pack version ended in 1967 when the model was switched to the kingsize range.


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Lot 1571 The California Matchbox Collection - March 10th, 2008 Matchbox Major Pack No.M4 GMC Fruehauf Hopper Train - red including plastic hubs with black tyres, silver trailers - Excellent Plus in Good Plus picture box, inner carded tray is Good Plus to Excellent (although does have some small graffiti to end). Estimate: 80-90 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 60


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Lot 1570 The California Matchbox Collection - March 10th, 2008 Matchbox Major Pack No.M4 GMC Fruehauf Hopper Train - rare possible Pre-production issue with red cab, silver back, orange plastic hubs and grey tyres with normal issue trailer with red plastic hubs and grey tyres - overall condition is generally Excellent Plus - unboxed. Estimate: 130-200 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 280

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Lot 2534 The Ron Slyder Collection - April 12th, 2007 Matchbox Major Packs - M4 GMC Fruehauf Hopper Train - correct M4 baseplate, grey plastic tyres - Near Mint in Good Plus slide out sleeve detailed colour picture box complete with inner card packing (box very clean but has tape repair to one end of inner tray). Estimate: 100-130 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 110


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Lot 938 Matchbox Magic 14 - April 5th, 2006 Matchbox Major Pack M4 GMC Fruehauf Hopper Train - correct M4 baseplates, black plastic tyres - Excellent to Excellent Plus in Good detailed colour picture slide out sleeve box complete with inner card packing. Estimate: 30 -50 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 60

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Lot 937 Matchbox Magic 14 - April 5th, 2006 Matchbox Major Pack M4 GMC Fruehauf Hopper Train - correct M4 baseplates, grey plastic tyres - Near Mint to Mint in Excellent detailed colour picture slide out sleeve box complete with inner card packing. Estimate: 120 -150 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 260