In this series I will showcase DLM cars ranging within the 1/64 and smaller. The 18th one is a Matchbox #13 Bedford Wrecker. Some of you who are consistent reader of LaLD may wonder ‘Haven’t I just seen this before?’
You’re right in a way as this was featured by fintail with his original 13b which was introduced around 1958 and with the 13a started around 1954.
So why is mine a different color? No I did not customize it. It actually came that way. This was a reissue of the original Matchbox series that were then made years ago and are called Matchbox Originals made under the Matchbox International, Limited which at that time was owned by Universal Toys of David Yeh who is the chairman of the company.
At the time this was released around 1992, Universal was also seeking a buyer for his toy company and in May 1992, they sold the brand to Tyco Toys. Whether this toy was still a product of Universal or became Tyco Toys I am not certain. Perhaps someone can shed some light.
I believe this is an under appreciated casting compared to the original as it is almost a faithful recreation of the original except for a few things.
Besides color difference the wheels look different, not a dull zinc color as the old cars, but a shinier almost chrome-like finish. Also the tow hook is slightly thicker and the front grill does not have silver paint on it.
Of course the bottom area indicates made in Thailand instead of England. This was also the time when toys were pretty simple so this did not come with interior or chassis.
These were released in Series I - IV with around 4 -5 models per series. The Wrecker is under Series II.
The truck is really small compare to the more recent releases but still has nice play value to it.
Hope Mattel still has the mold to this and other reissues as these would make a nice collection.