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Lesney Model of Yesteryear factory pre-production models, 1970s
No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VA… Read more The O'Dowd Collection of Model of Yesteryear Pre-Production Models Patrick O'Dowd was first employed by Lesney Matchbox in 1968. His position was as Project Leader, European Research and Development. His product ranges were Yesteryear, Speed Kings and Sky Busters. Internally this covered from the first concept of the model to taking the products through to manufacturing. This included model making, pattern making, component drawings, tooling drawings, decoration, spraying, assembly and packaging. Briefly, there were various trial runs that had to be proven before they met the production state - that is, proving all the diecast and plastic moulds, proving of all spray parts and vacuum plated parts, proving of tampo printing and masked spraying and then final assembly and packaging. On some of the Yesteryear models he let toolmakers - of whom there around one thousand in the heyday of the company - and management put their initials and date of birth on the numberplates. NPCM in the lot descriptions refers to the New Products Committee Meeting
Lesney Model of Yesteryear factory pre-production models, 1970s

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Lesney Model of Yesteryear factory pre-production models, 1970s
No. 1 Model T Ford, with black roof and base and a cream body, with one side 'Coca-Cola' and the other side 'Colman's Mustard' (Pre-production trial run for new tampo print plates, approved by NPCM)
No. 2 Model T Ford, with black roof and base and yellow body and printed 'Suze A La Gentiane' on one side only (Pre-production trial run for new tampo print plates; made for approval by NPCM but was rejected)

No. 2A Model T Ford, with black roof and base and white body and printed 'Suze A La Gentiane' on one side only (Pre-production trial run for new tampo print plates, approved by NPCM)

No. 3 Model T Ford, with yellow roof, black base and blue body and printed 'Rosella' on both sides, in original box (Pre-production trial run for new tampo print plates, approved by NPCM, no YY number)

No. 3B Model T Ford, with yellow roof, black base and blue body and printed 'Rosella' on both sides (Pre-production trial run for new tampo print plates, approved by NPCM, no YY number)

No. 4 Model T Ford, with raw mazac body and blue base (Pre-production trail run for approval of moulded cucumber, lime colour and assembly of cucumber for production, no YY number)

No. 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D and 4E Model T Ford, with off-white roof and body and green base and printed both sides with 'H.J. Heinz & Co.' and cucumber (Pre-production trial run for new tampo print plates, approved by NPCM, no YY number)

No. 5 Model T Ford, with white roof, blue body and black base and printed on two sides and one end with 'Cerebos Table Salt' and new colours (Pre-production trial run for new tampo print plates, approved by NPCM, no YY number)

No. 6 Model T Ford, with white roof, green body and tank, black base and gold side pipes (Pre-production first trial run to prove the assembly and spraying of new parts)

No. 6A and 6B Model T Ford, with white roof, red body and tank, black base and gold side pipes (Pre-production first trial run to prove the assembly and spraying of news parts - body, tank, pipes and roof, no YY number)

No. 7 and 7A Model T Ford, with red body and black base and printed on two sides and one end with 'Red Crown Gasoline' (Pre-production trial run for new tampo print plates, approved by NPCM, no YY number)

No. 7B Model T Ford, with red body and black base and printed on two sides and one end with 'Red Crown Gasoline' (Pre-production trial run for new tampo print plates, approved by NPCM, no YY number)

A very early No. 8 Model T Ford, with yellow body and base, silver windscreen, lights and radiator (all tooling was refurbished and brought back to production condition, first trial run of moulded parts, spraying and assembly, no YY number and no final production date)

A very early No. 8A Model T Ford, with yellow body and base, silver windscreen, lights and radiator (all tooling was refurbished and brought back to production condition, first trial run of moulded parts, spraying and assembly, no production date or YY number)

No. 9 Talbot Van, with blue body, semi-gloss black roof, black gloss base, multi-spoked wheels and printed two sides with 'Chocolat Menier' in yellow (Pre-production trial run for new tampo print plates)

No. 9A and 9B Talbot Van, with blue body, gloss black roof, black gloss base, spoked wheels and printed on two sides with 'Chocolat Menier' in lime green (Pre-production trial run for new tampo print plates)

No. 9C and 9D Talbot Van, with blue body, matt black roof, black gloss base, spoked wheel and printed on two sides with 'Chocolat Menier' in gold (Pre-production trial run for new tampo print plates )

No. 9E Talbot Van, with blue body, semi-gloss black roof, black gloss base, spoked wheels and printed on two sides with 'Chocolat Menier' in gold (Approved for production by NPCM)

No. 10 Talbot Van, with green body and black roof and base (Approved by NPCM; initially, Matchbox gained approval from the Sergeant at Arms to use the Royal Crest by Appointment, but were then asked to remove this before the toy went into full production as the Royal Crest was given to Lipton's Tea, not Matchbox)

No. 10A Talbot Van with black roof and base, green body, printed on one side with 'Lipton's Tea' in yellow and on the other, 'Lipton's Tea' in lime green (Pre-production first trial run for new tampo print plates - plates were rejected due to bad distortion on 'Tea' on near side of van)

No. 11 Talbot Van with black roof and base and white body (Pre-production first trial run to prove new mould tooling, assembly tooling and spraying, no production date and YY number)

No. 12 & 12A Model Ford A - Woody, with diecast bonnet and base, plated bumper and radiator, raw plastic body, coloured with brown moulded wood-grain body, yellow interior, red bonnet and base and trials for spraying (first pre-production trial run of new moulds for plastic body and interior, no date, no production 19-- or YY number)

No. 12B Model Ford A - Woody, colours as described above (First pre-production trial run to prove tampo printing of black roof on brown wood-grain body and silver windscreen, no date, no production number 19-- or YY number)

No. 12C Model Ford A - Woody, with red interior, black bonnet and base (first pre-production trial run to prove tampo printing of black roof on brown wood grain body and silver windscreen and cream tampo printed on two sides and one end, no production date and YY number )

No. 12D Model Ford A - Woody, with light brown wood-grain moulded body, white roof, caramel sides and end, red interior, cream bonnet and brown base (first pre-production trial run to prove masked sprayed roof, tampo print plates sides and end, tampo silver windscreen, no date, no production number 19-- or YY number)

No. 13 & 13A Fowlers Traction Engine, with raw diecast roof and standing box, red wheels, green top engine, grey bottom boiler, black funnerl and gold support parts (first pre-production trial run to prove new tooling for all parts, assembly and spraying)

No. 14 MGTC, with black body and base, red interior, beige roof and multi-spoked wheels (first pre-production trial run to prove new tooling for diecast and plastic parts, no production date 197- and no YY number)

No. 14A MGTC, with green body and base, red interior, beige roof, multi-spoked wheels and label no. 3 on both sides (first pre-production trial run to prove new tooling for diecast and plastic parts, no production date 197- and no YY number)

No. 15 Mercedes 540K, with green body, base and dicky seat, red seats, raw yellow plastic chassis, windscreen, exhaust grille, lights and multi-spoked wheels (The first Mercedes had diecast exhausts and chassis. This gave Matchbox's diecast foundry a lot of problems and scrapped parts. Research and Development were asked if they could re-design or modify these parts to solve the problem. They had new moulds made for the chassis and exhausts to run in plastic and they modified the body and base moulds to suit. This is the first trial run of modified moulded parts and has no production date or YY number)

No. 15A & 15B Mercedes 540K, as above but with red body, base and dicky seat

No. 16 Riley MPH, with red body and base and white seat and grille (Presented for colour approval by NPCM but not approved)

No. 16A Riley MPH, with blue body and base, white seat and grille and Lanel No. 6 on each side (Presented for colour approval by NPCM but not approved)

No. 17 Hispano Suiza, with dark green hood, yellow interior, grille and body, green base and multi-spoked wheels (Presented for colour approval by NPCM)

No. 17A Hispano Suiza, with black hood, seats, base and grille, masked sprayed blue silver top, pale blue sides and multi-spoked wheels (Presented for colour approval by NPCM)

No. 18 Jaguar, with blue body and base, maroon interior and multi-spoked wheels (first trial pre-production run to prove diecast and plastic moulds, assembly and spraying gigs. The front wing lights being so small and sharp gave production problems in running the base mould. This would be altered in the next trial run. No YY number and production date only 197- )

No. 18A Jaguar, as above but with cream body, brown base and red interior

No. 18B Jaguar, with light blue body and base, black inerior and multi-spoked wheels (second trial run to prove modified wing lights in production and for colour approval by NPCM)

No. 18C Jaguar, as above but with white body and base

No. 19 Renault, with raw plastic light brown roof, white body, green base, gold wheels, screen and lights (first trial pre-production run to prove new body and roof moulds, assembly and spraying)

No. 20 Auburn, with army green body and base in trial run, black bumpers, interior, windscreen and exhaust, chrome headlights and grille, solid chrome wheels (first trial run to prove new moulds for body, base, windscreen, bumpers and exhaust, new plastic mould for solid wheels and new mould for interior, no YY number and no production date only 197-)

No.21 Auburn, with yellow body and base, red interior, chrome bumpers, windscreen, exhaust, headlights and grille (Second trial run to prove new moulds for body, base, windscreen, bumpers and exhaust and new mould for interior, no YY number and no production date 197-)

No. 21A Auburn, with white body, army green base, chrome windscreen, bumpers, grille and headlights (second trial run to prove assembly tooling, no YY number or production date, only 197-)

No. 37 Range Rover, with yellow ladder and body, green base, orange windows, black roofrack and interior (pre-production run for spraying and assembly, no K number, name of model or production date, only 197-)

No. 38 Rolls Royce Fire Engine, with red ladder, brown side seats, black driver's seat, chrome ladder holders and radiator, gold windscreen and parts, red body, black base and spoked wheels (no production date)

No. 38A Rolls Royce Fire Engine, with terracota ladder, brown seats, black driver's seat, gold ladder holders, radiator and windscreen, red body and base, multi-spoked wheels and 'Borough Green and District' labels on two sides (pre-production trial run for colour approval by new products committee meeting, no production date)
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