[REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox MG Sports Car


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Lesney Matchbox time is here again, today's installment is something of a milestone for the brand. This is Matchbox 19a, the MG "Midget" (based on an MG-TD) sports car. This casting entered the range in 1956, remaining until 1958 when it was replaced by another MG, and is very much a charming period piece:

The historical significance of this model is simple - this is the first passenger car in the Matchbox line. While other vehicles could carry passengers, this is the first that isn't technically a commercial vehicle or heavy equipment. Scale is not easy to estimate, but likely somewhat small - the real world vehicle is small, but this model is dainty as well, perhaps in the 1:70 range. Even at this small scale, there is ample fine line casting detail, and proportion appears accurate. Like several others of the era, this model features a cast-in driver, something many collectors see as a fun addition. From all angles, this is a good representation of the mellow early castings that won collectors over a couple generations ago:

Front and rear have similar quality detail, this is from an era of handpainted trim, and the rear mounted spare cast in metal like the road wheels is a nice touch:

The base is basic, and features maker data:

This example is fortunate enough to live in its original immaculate smaller type B box:

I definitely feel lucky to have this one in my collection. It is in as-new condition, and has appeal not matched by many other diecast. Pictured with an old dime for scale:

A few similar 1:1s from the sources listed on the pics and on the license plate:

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