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54-A, Alvis Saracen Military Personnel Carrier,  1/86 scale. Introduced 1958, discontinued 1965.

 

 

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These are always interesting and remind me of many memories from long ago. I noticed we are up to No. 54. How high will we go?

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The early series went to 75 Ed. We will get there eventually.


   
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I had this one and a few other military MBs as a child.  Many hours of war games along with my plastic soldiers of course....lol.


   
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53-C, Ford Zodiac Mk IV,  1/66 scale. Introduced 1968, discontinued 1971.

This  Matchbox model featured an opening hood and engine detail.

1968- 1969 Metallic Light blue. Black regular wheels. Black metal base.

 

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This changed to metallic green in 1970 with super fast wheels.


   
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This one is a good example of the changes in the traditional Matchbox Toys that I loved so much as a kid.  I much preferred the earlier ones without opening doors, hoods, trunks, etc.  and the separately cast grills and bumpers.  I guess I was resistant to change even as a youngster.  Lol.


   
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54-B, S & S Cadillac Ambulance,  1/67 scale. Introduced 1965, discontinued 1970.

This model Ambulance was based on the 1963-64 Cadillac Fleetwood and build by Sayers and Scoville (S & S).

This ambulance type was common in both the USA and Canada. S & S is still in business today but no longer builds ambulances.

54-B had black regular wheels from 1965 to 1969 switching to super fast wheels in 1970. It is white with blue tinted windows and a Red Cross on the from doors.

 

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For the era it was produced it a bit surprising that this ambulance still had the cast in grille and bumpers and no opening features.

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YES! One of my absolute favorites and one that's in my collection today. I agree on the "years" 1963-1964 because the taillights are "64" but the grill says, "63." But, "1/867 scale?"  No way! LoL 😉 😉 

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Scale corrected. Typo!


   
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55-A, D.U.K.W Landing Craft,  1/70 scale. Introduced 1958, discontinued 1962.

Olive green. Started out with grey metal wheels moving to black plastic.

 

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Love this MB series!  This is one I didn't understand as a kid. I had no idea what this was supposed to be.... years later I saw one in Boston (in & out of the water). Then I got it! 😎 


   
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I loved this one as a kid and have one in my collection.  It played a big part in my childhood "war games".  Lol.


   
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55-B, 1961 Ford Fairline Police Car,  1/80 scale. Introduced 1963, discontinued 1965.

Silver grill, dark blue body, nobbly black plastic wheels changing to smooth black and grey plastic.

 

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I think this 1961 Ford is great... but I'm not sure I remember this one ???  🤔 🤔 🤔 🤔 


   
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