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I have produced a hard copy catalogue of my 1-75 Series model variation listing, detailing over 1,000 variations and 300+ photos. Also includes the information below on the 1-75 Series of boxes
For information on the catalogue, feedback and purchase details click here: 1-75 Series Variations Catalogue

1-75 Boxes

As well as the many model variations, boxes also come in an array of styles. There are a number of good reference sites for the 1-75 Series.
Frank Carnahan has excellent site worth many hours of visiting. fcarnaham.com. Click on the small word "images" at the top left hand corner for a drop down menu.

Below there are photos of some of the box variations I have collected. Refer back to Frank Carnahams page above for more definitive descriptions. A good reference book is Charlie Mack's "The Encyclopedia of Matchbox Toys" Schiffer Pub, from which the following is taken.

Another very detailed site purely about the 1-75 Series boxes is the excellent Vintage Lesney Online. A resource of much of the information below which I would recomend to interested collectors.

Based upon the Norvic Match Co. Ltd box of matches the early boxes show the link to the old European firm of Moses Kohnstam, whose name established the MOKO brand name. His grandson, Richard was involved with the distribution of the early Lesney models when Lesney sought someone to handle the marketing of their early toys. Lesney produced the models whilst Moko mainly handled the packaging, distribution and advertising. It was not until 1959 that Lesney were able to buy out Moko, who had earlier registered the trademark "Matchbox". Subsequent boxes no longer featured the word "MOKO".

TYPE A - Moko Lesney with Script Lettering (1953 - 1954)

Only the first seven models were issued with this box. The word "MOKO" appears in script lettering, while "LESNEY" is in block letters. All are quite rare.

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A

TYPE B - Moko Lesney with Script Lettering (1954 - 1960)

Basically the same as Type A box, but the word "MOKO" is now in block letters.
All 1-75 series models had this box, some with more than one variation.

There are 5 sub-types in this series: B1, B2, B3, B4 and B5

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B1 Plain blue end flap with no number or name

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B2 Blue end flap with black model number

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B3 Blue end flap with the model number in a white circle

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B4 Blue end flap with the model number in a white circle below white panel with black lettered model name

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B5 Blue end flap with the model number in a white circle below white lettered model name


B Box Variations
There are many variations for this series of boxes. The most evident are as follows.

Picture
The same model could have different drawings in varying styles
Bpicture.JPG Bbackground.JPG
Here the drawings are similar but the left hand      This example shows different drawings and different
drawing is blurred whilst the right is sharper.          backgrounds. A number of models have this difference
Often found in early models.

Number
The model's number can be found in different sizes and position
Bnumber.JPG Bnumber2.JPG
Here No.49 is positioned differently, also note the variations in font size and style

End Flap Lettering
The model name on the end flaps can be found in lower case or capitals
Bfont2.JPG Bfont.JPG

New Model
Some B5 models include the words New Model on the end flaps

Blue Outline
The blue outline extends the size of the box and can be found on several B boxes
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Size
The following B box sizes are:

     Length     Width     Height
     57mm     22mm     38mm
     57mm     26mm     38mm
     67mm     26mm     38mm
     67mm     38mm     38mm

TYPE C - Lesney Line Drawing Box (1961)

Issued only in 1961, the box is still basically the same as the type before it.
With the rights to the "Matchbox" name secured the "MOKO" name is now omitted leaving only a "LESNEY Product".
A few numbers were never made in this series, 41, 47, 59, 66, 70, 71 and 73.

Most boxes of this type can be difficult to obtain due to the short issue period.

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C Box Variations
Lesser variations than in the B box series. Variations are mainly to do with the picture.

Picture
The main variations are to do with the background and lines under the model.
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Slightly different pictures, background on left box      Plain background or with lines under the model

New Model
Each new model released with a C box had the words New Model on the end flaps.

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Size
The following C box sizes are:

     Length     Width     Height
     67mm     26mm     38mm
     67mm     38mm     38mm
     78mm     26mm     38mm

TYPE D - "MATCHBOX SERIES" in arc (1961 - 1965)

These are the first regular wheel boxes to have full colour pictures on the box. Some first issue models made it to this series and some of the rarest boxes fall into this group.

Boxes only available in D1 are hard to find, the hardest being 55A DUKW, 58A BEA Coach, 66A Citroen DS., 47A Trojan Tea Van, 53A Aston Martin, 33A Ford Zodiac Sedan, 71A Army Water Truck , 62A Military Lorry, 15B Atlantic Prime Mover, 51A Albion Chieftan, 6B Quarry Truck and 25B Volkswagen in descending order of rarity, order always open to discussion.

There are 2 sub-types in this series: D1 and D2

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D Box Variations
The 2 sub-types are recognized by their end flaps

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D1 serif lettering  D2non-serif lettering

Picture
This is the most noticeable variation. Different drawings exist for the same model and some drawing have only slight variations
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Different drawing and 2nd box has target                     No decal shown and decal colours shown here

Number
D1 boxes nearly always have the model number without serifs and smaller than D2
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D1 box with smaller number          D2 with larger number                    D1 without serifs            D2 with serifs

Targets
A few new models had a round target. The target shows the special features of the model.
17D, 33B and 71B were issued with a yellow (1st issue) and white target (2nd issue).
The 17D Hoveringham Tipper is notable for having E style lettering on a variation.
dbox71target.JPG dbox17target.JPG

New Model
Some models issued for the first time do not have a D1 type box, whilst others have both.
Models with NEW MODEL are 2C, 6C, 15C, 16C, 17D, 32B, 33B, 38B, 43B, 47B, 53B, 55B, 58B, 59B, 71B and 73B.

Size
The following D box sizes are:

     Length     Width     Height
     67mm     26mm     38mm
     67mm     38mm     38mm
     78mm     26mm     38mm
     78mm     38mm     38mm

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62B is found in size 1 and size 2

Side Colours
The side colours can be 1 blue and 1 black (D1 & D2), 2 blue sides (D2) and 2 light blue sides (D2)

TYPE E - "MATCHBOX" in arc (1965 - 1968)

Similar in design to the type before it, the word SERIES now moves under the word MATCHBOX and in much smaller type. Many of the boxes show pre-production coloured models which never matched the models inside.

Difficult boxes to obtain include 22 Pontiac (blue), 36 Opel Diplomat (both green ones), and 44 Rolls Royce (tan).

Very rare boxes include 34 Volkswagen (green), 46 Pickford Van and 65 Jaguar Sedan.

There are 4 sub-types in this series: E1, E2, E3 and E4

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E Box Variations
The 4 sub-types are recognized by their end flaps

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E1                    E2                    E3                    E4

Picture
This is the most noticeable variation. Different drawings exist for the same model.
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Number
37C has a variation with a single number as well as a box with two numbers
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Targets
A few new models had a round target. The target shows the special features of the model.

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New Model
Some models issued for the first time came in the E box series.

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Size
The following E box sizes are:

     Length     Width     Height
     67mm     26mm     38mm
     67mm     38mm     38mm
     78mm     26mm     38mm
     78mm     38mm     38mm

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25C and 26C have different size boxes as does 36C though it also has major picture variations

Side Colours
The side colours can be 1 blue and 1 black, 2 blue sides and 2 light blue sides (D2)

TYPE F - Number in/out Blue Square (1969)

This was the final style of regular wheel boxes. The box featured the word "MATCHBOX" across the top in red. The number appears in or out a blue square in the upper right corner.

Difficult boxes to obtain include 3C Ambulance, 8E Mustang (with Superfast picture) and 12C Safari Landrover

Very rare boxes include 14D Iso Griffo and 22C Pontiac. Four numbers were never made in this series - 20, 30 , 35 and 69.

There are 3 sub-types in this series: F1, F2 and F3

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F Box Variations
The 3 sub-types are recognized by the word SERIES, which could be white in blue square under model number (F1), in red outside of square under OX of MATCHBOX (F2) and in red in square under model number (F3)

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F1                                         F2                                         F3

Picture
This is the most noticeable variation. Different pictures exist for the same model.
fboxpicture1.JPG fboxpicture2.JPG

Bottom Lettering
Four variations of text can be found at the bottom of the box under model picture
A LESNEY PRODUCT                                                    MATCHBOX IS THE REGD T.M. OF LESNEY PRODUCTS & CO. LTD. LONDON ENGLAND
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LESNEY PRODUCTS & CO. LTD LONDON ENGLAND       MATCHBOX REGD T.M. OF LESNEY PRODUCT & CO. LTD. LONDON ENGLAND

New Model
Several model have NEW on end flaps for models introduced with this series of boxes

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Size
The following E box sizes are:

     Length     Width     Height
     78mm     26mm     38mm
     78mm     33mm     38mm
     78mm     38mm     38mm

TYPE F - Transitional (1969)

In 1969 the Regular Wheel series was replaced by the Superfast series. With the change to Superfast models in 1970 the box designs also underwent a change of design. Type 'A' Superfast box showing a regular wheel model.Type 'B' featuring the new models on the face panels and end flaps set on a lined background to give impression of speed. Some models did not suit the change to the new wheels and were kept with their boxes having the Superfast design but omiting the "Superfast" logo.

These boxes are hard to find due to the limited release period

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Accessory Pack, Major Pack & King Size Boxes

Finding information about the Accessory Pack, Major Pack and King Size series boxes has been a bit harder. Charlie Mack does list Major and Kingsize boxes but doesn't appear to cover all the variations found.
I also found some information on the MCCH site (will acknowledge when I can contact collector).

I have set out below my thoughts regarding the Accessory Pack, Major Pack & Kingsize variations - I would welcome anyone who has more information to contact me.

Accessory Pack Boxes 1956-1960

The early distribution of this range was undertaken by the Moko organization - J. Kohnstam & Co. Ltd which was reflected in the early boxes, all of which showed a line drawing of the model. Supposedly there are 3 versions of the MOKO box.

Type A Box - with flaps

Model picture placed on yellow background, bordered with blue. "MATCHBOX SERIES" in capitals and arc. "MOKO" in script lettering and "LESNEY" in capital lettering under model. Flaps at either end (not confirmed - just a best guess).

Type B Box

Same as A with "MOKO LESNEY" in capitals and arc. Side flaps have model number in white. B2 has white model number in black circle.

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B1                                                            B2

Type C Box

Same as A with "A LESNEY" in capitals. Side flaps have white model number in black circle.

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Type D Box

Model picture on full yellow background. Capital "MATCHBOX", script "Series" in arc. Side flaps have large dark blue A with model number, name and "NEW MODEL".

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Type E Box

Model picture set in scenic background. Capital "MATCHBOX" at top with model name at the bottom. Side flaps have large dark blue A with white model number and name.

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Major Pack Boxes 1957-1962

The early distribution of this range was undertaken by the Moko organization - J. Kohnstam & Co. Ltd which was reflected in the early boxes, all of which showed a line drawing of the model. Supposedly there are 3 versions of the MOKO box.

Type A Box with flaps

Model picture placed on yellow background, bordered with blue. "MATCHBOX SERIES" in capitals and arc. "MOKO" in script lettering and "LESNEY" in capital lettering under model. Flaps at either end (not confirmed - just a best guess).

Type B Box

Same as A with "MOKO LESNEY" in capitals and arc. Side flaps have blue model number in yellow circle & model name in white.

mb1front.jpg mb1side.jpg mb2front.jpg mb2side.jpg

Type C Box

Same as A with "A LESNEY" in capitals. Side flaps have blue model number in yellow circle & model name in white.

mcfront.jpg mcside.jpg mcnmfront.jpg mcnmside.jpg

Type D1 Box

Model picture on full yellow background. Capital "MATCHBOX", script "Series" in arc. Side flaps have large yellow M with blue model number and red model name.

md1front.jpg md1side.jpg

Type D2 Box with slide insert

Same as above with large yellow M with blue model number and red model name on ends of slide inner insert.

Type E Box

Model picture set in scenic background. Capital "MATCHBOX" at top with model name at the bottom. Ends same as D.

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Type E Box with slide insert

Model picture set in scenic background. Capital "MATCHBOX" at top with model name at the bottom. Ends same as D.

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Kingsize box types

I contacted Tom Chimenti (who has a link on F.Carnahan's site) and he told me he feels that the King Size line from 1960 - 1969 is the most interesting due to the incredible art work used on the mid series boxes. He was able to help with the style of boxes:

1960-1963 "Crown" boxes

1964-1966 "Slide" boxes

1966-1968 "Window" boxes with interior dioramas

1968-1969 "Window" boxes with plain blue interiors

Several models have different "scenes" inside the box. For example, K15 has flames, or a burning building on the inside. K7 has a plain plastic or street scene. K5 has a checkered flag or race scene.



1960 - 1963 "Crown" Boxes

Crown Box with Flaps

Model picture in white oval, placed on yellow background bordered with blue. "MATCHBOX SERIES" in capitals and arc. "BY LESNEY" in capital lettering underneath picture.

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1963 - 1964 K boxes

King (1) Box with flaps

Model picture on yellow background. Capital "MATCHBOX", script "Series" in arc. Side flaps have white model number & name on large red K.

k1front.jpg k1side.jpg

King (2) Box with flaps

Model picture on scenic background. Capital "MATCHBOX" in arc with black model number either side of red model name. Side flaps have white model number & name on large red K.

k2front.jpg k2side.jpg k2targets.jpg
K2                                                        with targets

King (3) Box with Flaps

Model picture on scenic background. Capital "MATCHBOX" in arc with black model number either side of red model name. Side flaps have black model number in bottom left yellow K with white model name below picture of model.

k3front.jpg k3side.jpg

1964-1966 "Slide" boxes

King (4) Box with slide insert

Same as above with the white model number & name on large red K placed on ends of slide insert.

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King (5) Box with slide insert

Same as above with the white model number & name on large red K placed on ends of slide insert. Side flaps have black model number in left sided yellow K with white model name below yellow K.

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1966-1967 "Window" boxes

Window (1) Box

Yellow window surround and no hang tag. The inside has a plastic moulded insert. Side flaps have black model number in top left yellow K alongside red "MATCHBOX" with black model name underneath. Picture of model on yellow background with blue surround. Covers K7, K16, K17 & K18.

1967-1968 "Window" boxes

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Window (2) Box

Blue & yellow window surround and no hang tag. The inside has a removable diorama with rear pictures and folding side flaps. Rear of box has picture of model in action scene and a blue panel that highlights the model's features. Same side flaps as above. The same model may have differently designed interior dioramas. Covers K1 through to K19

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Window (3) Box

Same as above with addition of large hang tag. May come with diorama, plain blue background or non-removable yellow interior. Special features of the model may be shown on the flap. Covers K6, K20 & K21

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1969-1970 "Window" boxes

Window (4) Box

Small hang tag. Solid blue or yellow non-removable interior. Side flaps have red "MATCHBOX" above picture of model and red model number with black description at the bottom. The same model may have slightly different box design. Inserts may show special features of the model. Covers K1 through to K24

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kw4yellow.jpg kw4yellowv.jpg

King Size Boxes

The King Size range of boxes has some stunning art work that bring the models to life. Often set within a diorama effect the models sometimes obscure the scenic backgrounds. The back of the box picture the model in a working setting.

K1 Front.jpg
K1 Front
K1 Back.jpg
K1 Back
K2C Front.jpg
K2C Front
K2C Back.jpg
K2C Back
K3 Front.jpg
K3 Front
K3 Back.jpg
K3 Back
K4 Front.jpg
K4 Front
K4 Back.jpg
K4 Back
K5 Front.jpg
K5 Front check design
K 5B fbox.jpg
K 5B Front picture design
K5 Back.jpg
K5 Back
K6 Front.jpg
K6 Front
K6 Back.jpg
K6 Back
K7 Front.jpg
K7 Front
K7 Back.jpg
K7 Back
K8 Front.jpg
K8 Front
K8 Back.jpg
K8 Back
K9 Front.jpg
K9 Front
K9 Back.jpg
K9 Back
K10 Front.jpg
K10 Front
K10 Back.jpg
K10 Back
K 11B 2 DAF Car Transporter.jpg
K11 Front
K11 Back.jpg
K11 Back
K12 Front.jpg
K12 Front
K12 Back.jpg
K12 Back
K13 Front.jpg
K13 Front
K13 Back.jpg
K13 Back
K14 Front.jpg
K14 Front
K14 Back.jpg
K14 Back
K 15 A Merryweather Fire Engine.jpg
K15 Front (Slide)
K 15 A1 Merryweather Fire Engine.jpg
K15 Front (Window)
K15 Back.jpg
K15 Back
K17 Front.jpg
K17 Front
K17 Back.jpg
K17 Back
K18 Front.jpg
K18 Front
K18 Back.jpg
K18 Back
K19 Front.jpg
K19 Front-early
K19l Front.jpg
K19 Front-later
K19 Back.jpg
K19 Back
K19 inner.jpg
K19 Back
K20 Front.jpg
K20 Front
K20 Back.jpg
K20 Back
K 21A 2 Mercury Cougar.jpg
K 21A 2 Mercury Cougar
K21 Back.jpg
K21 Back
K21 Frontv.jpg
K21 Front Variation
K21 Backv.jpg
K21 Back Variation
K23 Back.jpg
K23 Back
K24 Front.jpg
K24 Front
K24 Back.jpg
K24 Back

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EPHEMERA

1-75 SERIES LIST

1-75 VARIATIONS

DAVE GARRETT COLLECTION

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