Matchbox plastic kits
Very well detailed 1/32 car models. Out of production. Molded in several colors. chrome plated parts, detailed motor, rubber tires, decals, glazing parts.
Three different types of boxes
The Matchbox model kit molds were acquired by Revell Germany in the early 1990s, which continues to sporadically re-issue the old Matchbox kits, now under the Revell label.

 
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In 1979 Lesney bought AMT
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Matchbox kits originated in 1972
Matchbox Classique since 1982
934 Aston Martin Ulster by Matchbox. Holland Plastic Model Kits. 1/32 scale. 1934 Aston Martin Ulster
PK#301
molded in 2 colors, chrome plated parts, detailed motor, rubber tires, decals, glazing parts
€39.99
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934 Aston Martin Ulster by Matchbox. Holland Plastic Model Kits. 1/32 scale 1934 Aston Martin Ulster
PK#301
molded in 2 colors, chrome plated parts, detailed motor, rubber tires, decals, glazing parts
€59.99
1
Bugatti Type 59 by Matchbox. Holland Plastic Model Kits. 1/32 scale Bugatti Type 59
PK#302
Extremely detailed kit.
Has seperate chassis, engine, body and interior. Beautiful rubber tires and mint decal sheet
€59.99
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ugatti Type 59 by Matchbox. Holland Plastic Model Kits. 1/32 scale Bugatti Type 59
PK#302
Extremely detailed kit.
Has seperate chassis, engine, body and interior. Beautiful rubber tires and mint decal sheet
€59.99
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Porsche 917 Martini by AMT /  Matchbox. Holland Plastic Model Kits. 1/32 scale Porsche 917-10
PK#303
3 colors, chrome plated parts, rubber tires, decals
€59.99
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Porsche 917 Martini by AMT /  Matchbox. Holland Plastic Model Kits. 1/32 scale Porsche 917-10 Can-Am
Kit # 2011
3 colors, chrome plated parts, rubber tires, decals
not in stock
Porsche 917 Martini by AMT /  Matchbox. Holland Plastic Model Kits. 1/32 scale Porsche 917-10 Can-Am
Kit # PK 303
3 colors, chrome plated parts, rubber tires, decals
€59.99
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1935 Jaguar SS-100 by Matchbox. Holland Plastic Model Kits. 1/32 scale 1935 Jaguar SS-100
PK#304
molded in 3 colors, chrome plated parts, detailed motor, rubber tires, decals, glazing parts.
€54.99
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1935 Jaguar SS-100 by Matchbox. Holland Plastic Model Kits. 1/32 scale 1935 Jaguar SS-100
PK#304
molded in 3 colors, chrome plated parts, detailed motor, rubber tires, decals, glazing parts.
€54.99
1
Surtees TS16/03
PK#305
molded in 2 colors, with metailleze parts and simulated tyres,detailed driver and chassis
€39.99
2
Surtees TS16/03
PK#305
molded in 2 colors, with metailleze parts and simulated tyres,detailed driver and chassis
not in stock
Surtees TS16/03
PK#305
molded in 2 colors, with metailleze parts and simulated tyres,detailed driver and chassis
€59.99
2
MG TC Sports MG TC Sports

Molded in red and black, chrome parts, glass parts, rubber tires
Kit PK#306
€59.99
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MG TC Sports
PK#306
€59.99
1
MG TC Sports
PK#306
not in stock
Mercedes Benz SSKL by Matchbox Mercedes Benz SSKL
molded in 3 colors, chrome plated parts, detailed motor, rubber tires, decals, glazing parts.
Kit PK # 307
€49.99
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Mercedes Benz SSKL
molded in 3 colors, chrome plated parts, detailed motor, rubber tires, decals, glazing parts.
Kit PK # 307
not in stock
Porsche 935 Martini  1/32 scale Porsche 935 Martini
PK#308
detailed interior, opening engine compartiment, chrome plated parts, decals, rubber tires.
not in stock
Tyrell P34/2
PK#309
molded in 2 colors, chrome plated parts, detailed motor, rubber tires, decals, glazing parts.
Tyrell P34/2  scale 1:32 Tyrell P34/2
PK#309
molded in 2 colors, chrome plated parts, detailed motor, rubber tires,
decals, glazing parts.
€69.99
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Citroen Legere Faux Cabriolet 1938  by Matchbox. Holland Plastic Model Kits  Citroen Legere Cabriolet 1939
Citroen Legere Faux Cabriolet 1938
PK#310
Can be built in 2 version. 1939 Citroen Legere Cabriolet (convertible) or 1938 Citroen Legere Faux Cabriolet. This model is highly detailed. Kit features; many chrome plated parts, rubber tires, molded in red and black,opening hood,  detailed motor, decals.
€49.99
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Citroen Legere Faux Cabriolet 1938  by Matchbox. Holland Plastic Model Kits Citroen Legere Cabriolet 1939
Citroen Legere Faux Cabriolet 1938
PK#310
Can be built in 2 version. 1939 Citroen Legere Cabriolet (convertible) or 1938 Citroen Legere Faux Cabriolet. This model is highly detailed. Kit features; many chrome plated parts, rubber tires, molded in red and black, opening hood,  detailed motor, decals
€59.99
1
"Liqui Molly" Porsche 935
PK#311
detailed interior, opening engine compartiment, chrome plated parts, decals, rubber tires, molded in 2 colours.
not in stock
"Liqui Molly" Porsche 935 by Matchbox "Liqui Molly" Porsche 935
PK#311
detailed interior, opening engine compartiment, chrome plated parts, decals, rubber tires, 
molded in 2 colours.
€59.99
1
Auto Union Type D  by Matchbox. Scale 1/32. Holland Plastic Model Kits Auto Union Type D
PK#312
The 1938 D-type with V12 engine and the driving position pushed further back to improve the drivers ability to feel the movements of the car and as a result of the fuel tank being moved from behind the driving seat tothe paniers along side the car.
Highly detailed, chrome plated parts, rubber tires, molded in silver and black, detailed motor, decals, detailed chassis
€59.99
2
Bugatti Type 59
PK#302
by Revell, former Matchbox mold
 
€59.99
Auto Union Type D
by Revell, former Matchbox mold
@ 1998
not in stock
1928 Packard Victoria
PK#451
highly detailed, chrome plated parts, rubber tires, molded in yellow, brown, red and black, detailed motor, decals, detailed chassis
box classique or box square
not in stock
build by Dave Deyo  
1928 Packard Victoria
PK#451
Limited Exclusive Editon
Extra Matchbox Car Classic colored Oldtimer Album with the original cars of the kits,
Packard Pin and Matchbox glue


highly detailed, chrome plated parts, rubber tires, molded in yellow, brown, red and black, detailed motor, decals, detailed chassis
€59.99
2
Rolls Royce Phantom Mk 1 Rolls Royce Phantom Mk 1
PK#452
4 colors, chrome plated parts, rubber tires, decals

Only released in Classique box
€59.99
2
Rolls Royce Phantom Mk 1 by Revell Rolls Royce Phantom Mk 1
PK#452
4 colors, chrome plated parts, rubber tires, decals
rereleased by Revell
not in stock

 
A short history of Matchbox plastic modeling kits

Matchbox kits originated in 1972 when Jack Odell and Leslie Smith, the management of Lesney Products & Co ltd, decided they wanted a share of the plastic model kits market. This is where Maurice Landi, a keen aircraft person, came in. Lesney management hired him to design a range of Matchbox plastic modeling kits. It was his job as project engineer to come up with subjects which could be found, measured and photographed. In other words those aircraft which he had access to. When he had prototypes made up by their own staff, they would be presented to the owners Odell and Smith. Lesney management would decide under his advice and give him the budget to realize the kits. To provide attractive packaging Roy Huxley was hired as illustrator to draw the box-art for the kits.  Later other illustrators, Doug Post, Ross Wardle and Ken Rush, also worked on some of the Matchbox kit packaging. The majority of illustrations however remained to be drawn by Roy Huxley.

The early years
The first appearance of Matchbox kits was in 1973 when they appeared in the Matchbox Collectors Catalogue. The main range of Matchbox toys were die cast model cars. The first plastic model kits were a range of twenty aircraft in what was to be known as "the purple range" numbered PK-1 to PK-20. From the start Matchbox kits were designed to be attractive to the younger modeler by casting them in multiple colors. Already in 1974 the plastic model kit range had grown so much that a separate catalogue appeared "Matchbox Kits Catalogue 1974-75". In a few years time the model range had grown to over 30 models in the two-colored purple range and extended into many other ranges of larger aircraft and ships and vehicles as well. The majority of the aircraft kit ranges were molded in three colors. This gave a good looking appearance even when the model was finished without painting. Each model was molded in a set of colors that was chosen to give an appearance as realistic as possible in this way.

Expansion and recession
In 1979 Lesney bought AMT, after which we saw combined AMT/Matchbox catalogues appear.  Several attempts were made to integrate the ranges. A recession in the UK brought a less fortunate period for Lesney. On September 24th, 1982 the Matchbox kit range was taken over by Universal Toys, a Hong Kong based firm owned by David Yeh. The Universal Group bought Matchbox Toys Ltd. and the marketing companies for France, Germany and Australia for 16.5 million pounds. In Hong Kong a holding company was formed for them, called Matchbox International Ltd. Later Universal Matchbox Group. David Yeh engineered this takeover of UK-based toy manufacturer, Lesney (Matchbox) Group. Those days, it was almost unthinkable for a Hong Kong based manufacturer in a British colony to take over a star enterprise in the UK. This however, was only the first in a series of takeovers.

Part of this info was shared by Ted Taylor, IPMS UK, who knew Maurice Landi personally. Thank you so much for filling many gaps in our knowledge!

Scope of attention
Matchbox as a brand name for plastic modeling kits has gone through a couple of curves. The classic British period practically ended with the receivership of Lesney. The Universal period still added kits that extended the ranges in the same Matchbox spirit.
For a couple of years Lesney owned AMT and both ranges were joined. For a brief period original Matchbox kits have been sold in the US under the AMT brand.

Multi-colored Matchbox kits have been produced up to 1990, but Revell continued the range and revamped it during their ten year lease period. This neatly sets our ultimate boundary as this is the event horizon for plastic modeling kits issues under the Matchbox brand. In 1991 Revell bought the molds for the whole range of kits and got a ten year lease to use the Matchbox brand name from 1991 up to 2001. After 2001 a number of the Matchbox kits have been released under the Revell brand. Notice that some of these kits have been remodeled since or released with new decal sets.

Information by the Matchboxkits.org. the unofficial reference to vintage Matchbox kits

 

 

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