Today we are excited to offer for sale a rare vintage Lesney Matchbox Garage showroom and service station set! Matchbox is a popular British toy brand which was introduced by Lesney Products (1947-1982) in 1953, and is now owned by Mattel, Inc. The brand was given its name because the original die-cast Matchbox toys were sold in boxes similar to those in which matches were sold. The brand grew to encompass a broad range of toys, including larger scale die-cast models, plastic model kits, and action figures.
This rare scale 1/76 set dates to 1957 and is nicely crafted with diecast and molded plastic elements. The set features the first model yellow garage with swing open doors and removable “Matchbox Garage” roof-top advertising sign on a red plastic base. The set includes diecast Esso pumps with attendant and Esso sign, part of accessory set no. 1, which were an add-on purchased separately. The set includes the original Matchbox box. All made in England.
Set presents well and is in very good vintage condition, with very minor wear/scuffing and patina commensurate with age and light play. The box has minor wear to corners and a few creases and scuffs, all flaps intact. Likely among the best you’ll ever find. This great and rare set will make a fine addition to any Lesney Matchbox collection…Fresh to the market!
Dimensions of service station/showroom: 8-1/4″ in length, 5-1/2″ in depth, 2″ in height
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