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Lesney Prime Mover, Trailer & Bulldozer set



The Lesney Prime mover set was initially tooled up in 1950 and measured 3040mm (13 and a quarter inches) long, It was briefly put into production but shelved during the Korean war & the embargo on the zinc stocks and not released again until 1954.
The Prime mover was painted orange and had gold trim to the engine and fuel tanks, It had removable green painted covers to the engine sides and the lettering to the sides was picked out in white, An orange painted driver was fitted into the cab and it had six grey painted wheels.
A handful are known to be fitted with a clockwork motor which was fitted inside the vehicle and viewing the underneath of one it can be seen that the rear struts below the rear axles are in a drop down position to allow sufficient clearance for the clockwork motor. The Prime mover was really too large for Lesneys die casting machines so the driver, front wings and fuel tanks and the rear crossmembers and mudguards were seperate castings.
The Bulldozer was the same one as previously issued but the dozer blade lifting arm was removed and the rubber tracks were usually black. The Bulldozer body was ususlly painted yellow and the dozer blade and arms were red or in the alternate but less common colour scheme was green all over. "Lesney-Moko" and "Made in England" were cast into the rear of the blade.
The trailer was usually painted blue but examples in brown have been seen, Later issues had four studs cast in to the rear end of the trailer onto which the seperate die cast rear ramps sat, The first issue of the trailer had no lettering on the underneath but soon "A lesney-Moko Toy" was cast in which was later followed by "Made in England". It was fitted with a die cast drawbar which must have been quite delicate because there are very few trailers with the original drawbar still fitted.
The set was packaged in a blue two piece box with a label which displayed the contents applied to one end, The set is very popular among collectors and being a toy with lots of play value few are to be found in mint and boxed condition so prices are high for this one.


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above: the prime mover without its green painted engine covers.

above: "Lesney-Moko, Made in England"
cast in to the rear of the dozer blade.

above: a rather rough trailer without the original drawbar.

above: trailer 2 with "A Lesney-Moko toy" cast in.

above: trailer 3 with "A Lesney-Moko toy" and "Made in England" cast in.

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Lot 139 Matchbox Magic 19 - October 9th, 2007 Moko Prime Mover - orange Tractor, blue Trailer and ramps, yellow and red Bulldozer (shaft's dozer blade broken), grey wheels, green engine covers. Tractor is Good Plus to Excellent, Trailer is Excellent Plus. Bulldozer is Fair to Good, all in Good to Good Plus original box. Estimate: 300-400 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 520


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Lot 112 Matchbox Magic 19 - October 9th, 2007 Moko Prime Mover - orange Tractor, green engine cover (one cover missing), blue Trailer with chocks, yellow and red Caterpillar Bulldozer, replacement hook on Trailer. Overall Excellent. Estimate: 400-500 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 220

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Lot 445 Matchbox - November 6th, 2006 Lesney large scale Prime Mover & Lowloader with Bulldozer Load - prime mover is orange with reproduction engine covers, grey metal wheels - Fair, trailer is blue with original undamaged drawbar, grey metal wheels - generally Excellent with reproduction detachable ramps, bulldozer dark green with original black rubber tracks - Good (lacks drivers operating lever). Estimate: 150-180 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 170


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Lot 833 Matchbox Magic 14 - April 5th, 2006 Matchbox Early Lesney Prime Mover with Low-loader Trailer and Caterpillar Bulldozer Load "British Road Services" - orange, green engine covers, grey wheels - trailer is blue including chocks, grey wheels, complete with correct issue Caterpillar Bulldozer finished in yellow with red blade and rollers, original green rubber tracks - Good to Good Plus in Good lift off lid Lesney Moko blue and buff box with paper label to one end. Estimate: 400 -500 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 500

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Lot 857 Early Lesney & Moko Toys - September 6th, 2005 Lesney Moko large scale Prime Mover Ballast Tractor Unit with Low Loader Trailer and Bulldozer load - orange Prime Mover with scarce green engine covers, blue Low Loader complete with detachable ramps, Bulldozer is yellow, red blade and hydraulic rams, gold trim, red metal rollers, original green rubber tracks, Prime Mover and Trailer have grey metal wheels - Good to Good Plus in Fair lift off lid all card box. Estimate: 500 -600 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 520

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Lot 326 Moko and Miscellaneous - October 10th, 2001 Lesney-Moko Prime Mover Trailer & Bulldozer - orange Tractor, green engine cowls, grey wheels, blue Trailer complete with ramps & Bulldozer with rubber tracks - Good Plus with original box (small amount of graffiti to end with label) - box is Fair (with small amount of puncture holes to top) - very scarce item with box. Estimate: 450 - 650 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 720

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Lot 604 MOKO, MAJOR, KINGSZE ETC. - November 15th, 2000 Lesney Prime Mover - orange, green engine cowls, grey metal wheels, blue trailer complete with ramps & grey metal wheels, yellow & red dozer with green tracks. Conditions varies from Good Plus to Excellent. Estimate: 250 - 350 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 400

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Lot 222 MAJOR PACKS, KINGSIZE & MISC - July 19th, 2000 Lesney Early Prime Mover - orange tractor/blue trailer/yellow & red dozer/green rubber tracks (still original and intact)/2 shocks - Good Plus including original box (box lid has 2 puncture holes) very scarce item with box Estimate: 500 - 700 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 500