The NAMC’s “Catalog of all Series Matchbox Models” (second edition) suggests the existence of an intermediate size of KGPW on a model with open latticework, an unpainted metal hook and which is also found with small KGPW (which narrows it down to either Nick's variation code 3 or variation code 4). Since the NAMC's large KGPW are very clearly the 11 x 24 version, this suggests the existence of a 10.5 x ?? GPW. Personally I suspect a measuring error, but does anyone have such a model?
The AIM's “1-75 Series Regular Wheels” catalogue (second printing, 1983) lists three plausible additions to Nick's variations table. Variation code 13-3e is listed as fine GPW (i.e. 11.5 x 45), open lattice, no decal outline, no grille blocks, and a grey plastic hook. (This would slot into Nick's table as a new variation code 18a.) AIM variation code 13-3f is fine GPW (i.e. 11.5 x 45), closed lattice, decal outline, grille blocks, and a grey plastic hook. (This would fit into Nick's table as variation code 18b, assuming code 18a is confirmed.) Finally AIM variation code 13-3k is small fine BPW, closed latticework, no decal outlines, grille blocks, grey plastic hook. Nick does not list any small, fine BPW on this model, but it looks to me like this could very well be an end of production model. If confirmed, this should be added to the end of Nick's table as variation code 27a.
Neither Stannard not Houghton list any models not already catalogued by Nick.
U.K. Matchbox examined the model in vol. 2 no. 4 (Jun. '78) p64, with a follow-up in vol. 2 no. 5 (Jul. '78) p85. Rather sensibly, Rob Newson decided not to try to put together a table of variations, but he did note the existence of three different decal types:
Type A - all letters in orange and each letter outlined in black,
Type B - all letters in orange and each letter outlined in black, and
Type C - All letters redrawn, printed in red without black outline.
IIRC, we have also had two further variations reported. The first concerned the decal border which could be either black or blue, and the second was the discovery of an intermediate half-closed (or, if you're an optimist, half-open) lattice.
Can any Member confirm either of these discoveries, preferably illustrating them with a photograph?