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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
dboxpicture.JPG dboxpicturedecal.JPG
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.
eboxpicture.JPG

Number
37C has a variation with a single number as well as a box with two numbers
eboxnumber.JPG eboxnumberc.JPG

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)

f1box.JPG f2box.JPG f3box.JPG
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.

ab1front.jpg ab1side.jpg ab2front.jpg ab2side.jpg
B1                                                            B2

Type C Box

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

acfront.jpg acside.jpg

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.

k4front.jpg k4side.jpg

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.

k5front.jpg k5side.jpg

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

kw4.jpg kw4v.jpg
kw4yellow.jpg kw4yellowv.jpg

King Size Boxes Art Work

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, sometime with noticeable differences or very slight modifications (see how many subtle differences you can spot). Early window boxes (W1) had a removable plastic, moulded insert, whilst Window 2 (W2) boxes had removable or fixed interior dioramas in a variety of styles, also with some variations. The later Window 3 (W3) boxes had the large hang tag with diorama or plain background. The final Window 4 (W4) box came with or without a small hang tag and a solid blue or yellow non-removable interior.

K1B 8-Wheel Tipper

K1Bamodel.jpg
W2
K1Bback.jpg
W2
K1Bbox.jpg
W2
K1Bv1amodel.jpg
W3
K1Bv1back.jpg
W3
K1Bv1box.jpg
W3

K1C O & K Excavator

K1Camodel.jpg
W4
K1Cback.jpg
W4
K1Cbox.jpg
W4

K2B K. W. Dump Truck

K2Bv1amodel.jpg
W2
K2Bv1back.jpg
W2
K2Bv1box.jpg
W2
K2Bamodel.jpg
W4
K2Bback.jpg
W4
K2Bbox.jpg
W4

K2C Scammell Heavy Wreck Truck

K2Camodel.jpg
W2
K2Cback.jpg
W2
K2Cbox.jpg
W2
K2Cvamodel.jpg
W4
K2Cvback.jpg
W4
K2Cvbox.jpg
W4

K3B Hatra Tractor Shovel

K3Bamodel.jpg
W2
K3Bback.jpg
W2
K3Bbox.jpg
W2
K3Binner.jpg
W2

K3C Massey Ferguson Tractor & Trailer

K3Camodel.jpg
W3
K3Cback.jpg
W3
K3Cbox.jpg
W3

K4B GMC Tractor & Fruehauf Hoppers

K4Bamodel.jpg
W2
K4Bback.jpg
W2
K4Bbox.jpg
W2
K4Binner.jpg
W2

K4C Leyland Tipper

K4Camodel.jpg
W4
K4Cback.jpg
W4
K4Cbox.jpg
W4

K5B Racing Car Transporter

K5Bamodel.jpg
W2
K5Bback.jpg
W2
K5Bbox.jpg
W2
K5Binner.jpg
W2
K5Bv1amodel.jpg
W2
K5Bv1back.jpg
W2
K5Bv1box.jpg
W2
K5Bv1inner.jpg
W2 (model insert tray)
K5Bv2amodel.jpg
W4
K4Camodel.jpg
W4
K5Bv2back.jpg
W4
K5Bv2box.jpg
W4

K6B Mercedes Benz 'Binz' Ambulance

K6Bamodel.jpg
W2
K6Bback.jpg
W2
K6Bbox.jpg
W2
K6Binner.jpg
W2
K6Bv1amodel.jpg
W4
K6Bv1back.jpg
W4
K6Bv1box.jpg
W4
K6Bv2amodel.jpg
W4
K6Bv2back.jpg
W4
K6Bv2box.jpg
W4

K7B S & D Refuse Truck

start here
K7Bamodel.jpg
W1
K7Bback.jpg
W1
K7Bbox.jpg
W1
K7Bv1amodel.jpg
W2
K7Bv1back.jpg
W2
K7Bv1box.jpg
W2
K7Bv2amodel.jpg
W2
K7Bv2back.jpg
W2
K7Bv2box.jpg
W2
K7Bv2inner.jpg
W2

K8B Guy Warrior Car Transporter

K8Bamodel.jpg
W2
K8Bback.jpg
W2
K8Bbox.jpg
W2
K8Binner.jpg
W2 (model insert tray)
K8Bv1amodel.jpg
W2
K8Bv1back.jpg
W2
K8Bv1box.jpg
W2
K8Bv1inner.jpg
W2

K8C Caterpillar Traxcavator (V)

K8Camodel.jpg
W4

K9B Claas Combine Harvester

K9Bamodel.jpg
W2
K9Bback.jpg
W2
K9Bbox.jpg
W2
K9Binner.jpg
W2
K9Bv1amodel.jpg
W4
K9Bv1back.jpg
W4
K9Bv1box.jpg
W4

K10B Scammell Pipe Truck

K10Bamodel.jpg
W2
K10Bback.jpg
W2
K10Bbox.jpg
W2
K10Binner.jpg
W2
K10Bv1amodel.jpg
W2
K10Bv1back.jpg
W2
K10Bv1box.jpg
W2
K10Bv1inner.jpg
W2

K11A Fordson Tractor & Trailer

K11Aamodel.jpg
W2
K11Aback.jpg
W2
K11Av1box.jpg
W2
K11Ainner.jpg
W2 (model insert tray)
K11Av1woinner.jpg
W2 (insert removed)

K11B DAF Car Transporter

K11Bamodel.jpg
W3
K11Bback.jpg
W3
K11Bbox.jpg
W3

K12B Scammell Crane Truck

K12Bamodel.jpg
W4
K12Bback.jpg
W4
K12Bbox.jpg
W4
K12Bv1amodel.jpg
W4
K12Bv1back.jpg
W4
K12Bv1box.jpg
W4

K13A Foden Readymix Concrete Truck

K13Aamodel.jpg
W2
K13Aback.jpg
W2
K13Abox.jpg
W2
K13Ainner.jpg
W2

K14A Taylor Jumbo Crane

K14Aamodel.jpg
W2
K14Aback.jpg
W2
K14Abox.jpg
W2
K14Av1amodel.jpg
W4
K14Av1back.jpg
W4
K14Av1box.jpg
W4

K15A Merryweather Fire Engine

K15Aamodel.jpg
W4
K15Aback.jpg
W4
K15Abox.jpg
W4

K16A Dodge Tractor With Twin Tipper

K16Aamodel.jpg
W1
K16Aback.jpg
W1
K16Abox.jpg
W1
K16Ainner.jpg
W1

K17A King Size Low Loader & Bulldozer

K17Aamodel.jpg
W1
K17Aback.jpg
W1
K17Abox.jpg
W1
K17Ainner.jpg
W1
K17Av1amodel.jpg
W2
K17Av1back.jpg
W2
K17Av1box.jpg
W2
K17Av1inner.jpg
W2

K18A Articulated Horse Van

K18Aamodel.jpg
W1
K18Aback.jpg
W1
K18Abox.jpg
W1
K18Ainner.jpg
W1
K18Av1amodel.jpg
W2
K18Av1back.jpg
W2
K18Av1box.jpg
W2
K18Av1inner.jpg
W2
K18Av2amodel.jpg
W3
K18Av2back.jpg
W3
K18Av2box.jpg
W3

K19A Scammell Tipper Truck

K19Aamodel.jpg
W2
K19Aback.jpg
W2
K19Abox.jpg
W2
K19Ainner.jpg
W2
K19Av1amodel.jpg
W2
K19Av1back.jpg
W2
K19Av1box.jpg
W2
K19Av1inner.jpg
W2

K20A Tractor Transporter

K20Aamodel.jpg
W3
K20Aback.jpg
W3
K20Abox.jpg
W3
K20Ainner.jpg
W3 (with models)
K20Av1amodel.jpg
W4
K20Av1back.jpg
W4
K20Av1box.jpg
W4
K20Av1inner.jpg
W4

K21A Mercury Cougar

K21Aamodel.jpg
W4
K21Aback.jpg
W4
K21Abox.jpg
W4
K21Av1amodel.jpg
W4
K17Av1back.jpg
W4
K17Av1box.jpg
W4

K22A Dodge Charger

K22Aamodel.jpg
W4
K22Aback.jpg
W4
K22Abox.jpg
W4

K23A Mercury Commuter Police Car

K23Aamodel.jpg
W4
K23Aback.jpg
W4
K23Abox.jpg
W4

K24A Lamborghini Miura

K24Aamodel.jpg
W4
K24Aback.jpg
W4
K24Abox.jpg
W4

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RENOVATION

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