Collectors Gazette

Matchbox mayhem


Vect is certainly brings in the big bucks when it comes to Matchbox models. A recent sale saw a Regular Wheels 30c Faun Crane factory pre-production colour trial, with dark graphite cab and chassis without a rear brace, hand painted blue roof lights, a silver jib with a grey plastic double arm hook and bare metal base without tow guide sell for just over £4,000. That, though, was small beer compared with the US market blistered Regular Wheels 25b Volkswagen Beetle. This was an unconfirme­d Stannard Code with a metallic silver-blue body with rear silver trim but without red tail-lamps. Fitted with a turquoise green window and a gloss black base, it ran on 9.5 x 20 tread grey plastic wheels. An early example of the blister packaging, Vectis’ estimate of £900 was too modest, the bug making £8,160.

The Regular Wheels factory pre-production model maker’s prototype model of an AEC Cement Silo Truck (which used the cab and chassis of the 51c AEC Tipper Truck) was equally interestin­g in orange and sold for £2,760 whilst £3,600 was needed to acquire the Regular Wheels 44a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud, this a Stannard Code 10 finished in metallic light silverblue with mask sprayed front and rear silver trim but without red tail lamps.

On the train side of things, an ACE O gauge modern issue E/38 2-8-0 loco and tender in LMS maroon Class 8F No.8624 was near mint and came with instructio­ns and its outer mailer. This made £600. An unused Hornby (China) R2485 (Live Steam) 4-62 LNER green A3 Class Loco No.4472 "Flying Scotsman", complete with control units, an oval of track, gloves, various tools plus an operator’s manual, aroused much interest: the lot settled on £456. For the same money you could have bought the Wrenn W2283 4-6-2 LNER photograph­ic grey A4 Class Loco No.4489 "Woodcock." ■

 ?? ?? Above: The fact that you could buy a real VW Beetle for £8,000 didn’t seem to deter bidders.
Above: The fact that you could buy a real VW Beetle for £8,000 didn’t seem to deter bidders.

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