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Lesney Matchbox Major pack M8b Guy car transporter



The M8b Guy Warrior tractor and Farnborough Measham car transporter joined the Majors range in 1964 when it replaced the Mobilgas petrol tanker,
The Guy had a turquoise painted cab and an orange trailer, The cab had clear or light green tinted windows and silver trim to the grille, headlights and front bumper, The baseplate was black and it had suspension to all axles.
The trailer was made so that the top deck was hinged on regular axle pins so it would lower to allow loading and it had a drop down rear ramp which was also hinged on an axle pin, The wheels were orange plastic hubs with grey or later black plastic wheels on dome head axles with rounded ends. The trailer also had suspension to the axle.
The trailer had two decals applied to each side, The upper deck had "Farnborough Measham" and the lower deck "Car Auction Collection" which were originally in black lettering with a white shading but this was later changed to white lettering with a black outline, In the center of the upper deck decal was a circular motif fot the "Southern Counties Car Auctions Limited".
Casting modifications to the cab consisted of the addition of a crossmember on the chassis between the rear wheel arches and two triangular braces at the lower rear of the cab.
The trailer had the rear fold down arms that supported the top deck thickened, A triangular brace on the underneath of the top deck was strengthened, The crossmember beneath the drop down rear ramp was thickened and braces were added to the axle housings.
The drop down rear ramp was also modified when a strengthening brace was added to each side of the hole for the top deck locking tab.
Guys with a blue painted cab and metal hubs are pre production models which are very rare and seldom seen.
The model was a very popular toy and many were sold so it is quite easy to find today, The grey tyred version is slighty harder to find than the black tyred version,
It was packaged in an 'E' type box and when the Major pack range was deleted in 1967 it was transfered to the Kingsize range where it had the baseplate altered to show it was now part of the Kingsize range.


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A rare colour trial / pre production model
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Lot 1581 The California Matchbox Collection - March 10th, 2008 Matchbox Major Pack No.M8 Guy Warrior Articulated Car Transporter - turquoise cab, orange trailer and plastic hubs with grey tyres, black lettering with white outline - Near Mint in Excellent Plus detailed picture box - nice example of a harder issue to find. Estimate: 80-120 Unsold


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Lot 1580 The California Matchbox Collection - March 10th, 2008 Matchbox Major Pack No.M8 Guy Warrior Articulated Car Transporter - turquoise cab, orange trailer and plastic hubs with grey tyres, white lettering with black outline - Mint in Near Mint detailed picture box. Estimate: 60-70 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 70

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Lot 648 The David Kenney Manhattan Collection - Part III - December 11th, 2007 Matchbox Major Pack No.M8 Guy Warrior Articulated Car Transporter - turquoise cab, orange trailer and plastic hubs with grey tyres - Excellent Plus (although does require very slight attention in cleaning) in Good detailed box, inner tray is Good Plus. Estimate: 40-50 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 45


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Lot 1032 The Peter Whitman Collection - November 7th, 2007 Matchbox Major Pack No.M8 Guy Warrior Car Transporter "Farnborough Measham Car Auction Collection" - turquoise cab, orange back and plastic hubs, grey tyres - Excellent Plus in Excellent carded picture box with original price label to one side. Estimate: 60-70 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 70

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Lot 2548 The Ron Slyder Collection - April 12th, 2007 Matchbox Major Pack - M8 Guy Warrior Articulated Car Transporter - turquoise tractor unit, orange trailer, early black lettered decals with white shadow relief, correct M8 baseplate, orange plastic hubs with grey tyres - Excellent in Good Plus slide out sleeve detailed colour picture box (lacks inner packing piece and has original owners name in pencil to one non picture face). Estimate: 30-50 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 60

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Lot 1303 The Ron Slyder Collection - October 10th, 2006 Matchbox Major Pack M8 Guy Warrior Articulated Car Transporter - turquoise Tractor Unit, orange Trailer, green windows, pale green plastic Trailer suspension, correct M8 baseplates, orange plastic hubs with grey tyres - Excellent Plus in Excellent slide out sleeve detailed colour picture box. Estimate: 50-70 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 70

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Lot 957 Matchbox Magic 14 - April 5th, 2006 Matchbox Major Pack M8 Guy Warrior Articulated Car Transporter - turquoise cab, orange trailer, white decals with black outline, correct M8 baseplate, orange plastic hubs with grey tyres - Excellent in Good Plus to Excellent "New Model" slide out sleeve detailed colour picture box (lacks inner card packing). Estimate: 20 -40 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 20

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Lot 956 Matchbox Magic 14 - April 5th, 2006 Matchbox Major Pack M8 Guy Warrior Articulated Car Transporter - turquoise cab, orange trailer, early black lettered decals with white shadow relief, correct M8 baseplate, orange plastic hubs with grey tyres - Good Plus in Good sunfaded "New Model" slide out sleeve detailed colour picture box (lacks inner card packing). Estimate: 30 -50 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 25