[NONE of these cars are for sale].
on this page:
- Hal Harrison's page of Matchbox wheels used
- Diecast Metal car Collector 12/13/98
images of various Superfast wheels http://members.aol.com/ diecastmet/matchbox.html
regular wheels and axles:
MICA Newsletter, Volume 18 No. 6, April/May 2003, Matchbox series review, by Nigel Cooper, on the No. 14, Daimler (14A and 14B) and Bedford (14C) Ambulances. "In 1959 most vehicles were fitted with grey plastic wheels, owing to a number of complaints Lesney had received concerning the metal wheels scratching furniture. … In 1961, Lesney experimented by fitting some models with silver plastic wheels." 5/25/03
Ethan – it is generally thought that MW went until 1958, GPW followed by SPW in 1961. But there are some models that were BPW at the same time as SPW; such as 53A Aston; Knobby tread preceded fine in most wheel types.
• MW (and rollers) 1953 – early 1959
• gray plastic knobbly 1958–61
• black plastic knobbly 1957 ( military models only )
• silver wheels 1961
• Fine tread wheels 1959–62
• 36 treads on small wheels, 45 treads on larger were used from 1962 onwards
• [black plastic wheels would seem to appear on non-military vehicles around 1964–65. FCC]
• Around 1960/61 we had a mixture of the earlier knobbly wheels and the interim "medium" tread wheels with 24 treads. Both types were used at the same time
• Axles: crimped axles were made until mid 1959. They started with the round axles in 1958, but it took some time to phase out the old crimping machines.
Wheel trivia: The last first-series model to have metal wheels was the 56-A London Trolley [George, the Virtual Collector]
metal wheels – 1953 to early 1959
gray plastic knobbly – 1958–61
gray plastic fine tread wheels
silver plastic wheels Knobbly – 1959–62
black plastic wheels – fine
black plastic knobbly on military – 1957 on
black plastic tires with spokes
black plastic wheels with chrome hub cap
black plastic tires with red hubs
black plastic tires with yellow hubs
black plastic rollers
George, the Virtual Collector's 43A2 Hillman has early (darker) gray plastic wheels & crimped axles. Some collectors call this (CA-gpw) combination "transitional" in the early regular wheel series because relatively few such models were produced. In 1958, shortly after changing wheels from metal to plastic, Lesney began to rivet (round over) the free end of axles in the process of fitting the wheels instead of crimping them.
Around 1969 Superfast wheels started to be used [but there are some models that continued as "regular wheels" for a period].
Superfast 5 spoke
There are a number of other variations (8 MB Tourer). See Hal Harrison's page of Matchbox wheels used for other examples of Superfast wheels.
round axles started in 1958, but it took some time to phase out the old machines. (10C) – starting in 1958
Some collectors call a crimped axle/plastic wheel combination "transitional" in the early regular wheel series because there were relatively few models produced with crimped axles and plastic wheels [George, the Virtual Collector].
Variation descriptions Lesney's Matchbox® Toys, Regular Wheel Years, 1947–1969, © 1992, & Encyclopedia of Matchbox® Toys, © 1997, 1999 [2nd Ed.], by Charlie Mack, reprinted with permission
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