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Lesney Matchbox Major pack M3a
Antar tank transporter & Centurion tank



The 'Thornycroft mighty Antar and Sankey tank transporter trailer with Centurion tank' to give it its full title was introduced in mid 1959,
The Centurion tank was originally made for inclusion into the 1-75 series but the price of the bought in rubber tracks made it too expensive so the Antar and it's Sankey trailer were developed and the set was released as a Major pack.
The set was painted military olive green all over including the Antar baseplate but the baseplate on the Centurion tank was in the usual gloss black,
The Antar originally had silver trim to the headlights and front bumper but this was soon omitted. The model was always fitted with black plastic wheels on dome head axles with rounded ends and the wheels were usually knobbly tread but a late issue was fitted with fine tread wheels.
Like the 25b Volkswagon (with an 'o') the Antar also had a spelling mistake because the baseplate reads "Thorneycroft Antar" but the correct spelling was Thornycroft without the 'e'.
Apart from the wheels the only other known variation is the rollers on the tank which can be bare metal, grey plastic or black plastic. The bare metal and black plastic rollers are common but the grey plastic are quite rare.
The Antar was packaged in 'B','C','D' and 'E' type boxes with six different model illustrations so there is plenty for the box collectors to look out for, It was deleted in 1966.


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Lot 1568 The California Matchbox Collection - March 10th, 2008 Matchbox Major Pack No.M3 Might Antar Articulated Tank Transporter with Centurion Tank - military green, fine tread black plastic wheels with rounded axles, black plastic rollers with grey rubber tracks (although tracks perished) - still a nice example of a harder issue to find in Good Plus detailed colour picture box. Estimate: 170-220 Unsold


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Lot 1567 The California Matchbox Collection - March 10th, 2008 Matchbox Major Pack No.M3 Mighty Antar Articulated Tank Transporter with Centurion Tank - military green, knobbly black plastic wheels with rounded axles, metal rollers with green rubber tracks - Near Mint (very slight surface rusting to axles) in Excellent Plus Moko box - still a nice example. Estimate: 100-150 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 80

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Lot 1477 Matchbox - January 16th, 2008 Matchbox Major Pack No.M3 Thorneycroft Antar Low Loader with Centurion Tank - military green, black plastic wheels, metal rollers with grey rubber tracks - Mint including blue and yellow carded Moko Lesney box. Estimate: 80-110 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 80


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Lot 1476 Matchbox - January 16th, 2008 Matchbox Major Pack No.M3 Thorneycroft Antar Low Loader with Centurion Tank - military green, black plastic wheels, metal rollers with grey rubber tracks - Mint including blue and yellow carded Moko Lesney box. Estimate: 80-110 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 110

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Lot 644 The David Kenney Manhattan Collection - Part III - December 11th, 2007 Matchbox Major Pack No.M3 Might Antar Articulated Tank Transporter with Centurion Tank - green, black plastic wheels, grey plastic rollers and rubber tracks - Mint in Excellent detailed picture box - nice example of a harder issue to find. Estimate: 170-240 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 240

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Lot 1749 Matchbox - Part 2 - August 15th, 2007 Matchbox Major Pack No.M3 Mighty Antar Articulated Tank Transporter with Centurion Tank - green, black plastic wheels, metal rollers with grey tracks - Excellent Plus in Good Plus blue and yellow carded Moko Lesney box (has had some repair to one end flap) - still displays well. Estimate: 40-50 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 150

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Lot 1625 Matchbox Magic 18 - July 10th, 2007 Matchbox Major Pack No.M3 Thorneycroft Mighty Antar Tank Transporter with Tank - finished in military green with black plastic rollers to tank, grey rubber tracks - Mint in Excellent (although slightly creased correct issue detailed picture box). Estimate: 130-160 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 100

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Lot 1624 Matchbox Magic 18 - July 10th, 2007 Matchbox Major Pack No.M3 Thorneycroft Mighty Antar Tank Transporter with Tank - finished in military green with black plastic rollers to tank, grey rubber tracks - Mint in Excellent (although slightly creased correct issue detailed picture box). Estimate: 130-160 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 80