Matchbox mania means mega money at Vectis Auctions

13 June 2019
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The Simon Hope Matchbox Collection (Part One) recently went under the hammer at Vectis.

The Simon Hope Matchbox Collection (Part One) recently went under the hammer at Vectis. Long awaited, this part collection featured some great 1-75 models – and great prices, to boot.

A regular wheels 14c Bedford Lomas Ambulance (Stannard Code 10) with off-white body and with early pattern silver trim applied in a large rectangle across its grille and front bumper, and running on 20 tread silver plastic wheels, was near mint in a type C Lesney box. Estimated at £120-140, it realised £384. Another boxed regular wheels car, the 31b Ford Fairlane Station Wagon with yellow body and with rear silver trim and 20 tread silver wheels, didn’t hang around either, fetching £504. A 39a Ford Zodiac Convertible in dark salmon pink type with a tan type B driver, turquoise interior and base, attracted attention: this was fitted with 18 tread grey plastic wheels and whizzed off to make £480, quadruple its estimate.

The Superfast models stole the show, though. A 8d Rover 3500 Police Car in white with a pale yellow and black Police tampo print carried clear roof lights, and not the usual blue, which singled it out. In a “New" type L box, it was touted at £100 but it sold for £600.

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A staggering £624 was bid on a mint Superfast 59a Ford Galaxie Fire Chief Car in red with "Fire Chief" bonnet decals (not labels) and shield door labels; but over £1,000 was required to secure the Superfast 71a Ford Heavy Wreck Truck Multi-Pack issue. This featured a dark blue body and base but without a model number cast, dark green windows and roof light and a black plastic hook. In mint condition in a type G “New” box, it was quite a find. Described as a rare factory error (some licence there, I suspect!) the Superfast 34c Chevy Pro Stocker in plain white, but without a tampo print, was standard aside from this omission: estimated at £100-130, it shot away to make £624. And a bit more (£648) was needed to bag the Superfast 68a Porsche 910. This was in metallic red with a racing number 68 nose label, featured rare clear windows and was fitted with an ivory interior. It was also mint and came in a "New" type G box.