Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

Time again for something different. Today we examine another accessory item. This is Lesney Matchbox A3a, the Accessory Pack Garage. It is exactly as it claims, a cast metal residential style garage. The quality is what one would expect from a Lesney product of this era:

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This cast metal building was introduced in 1958, and remained in production until 1964. This is an unusual accessory in the diecast car world, but one that has a lot of play value. The entirety of the piece is metal, including the opening doors:

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There is plenty of brickwork detail on all sides:

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The base is marked in a style typical of Lesney Matchbox products of this era:

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And here are some shots of the garage with some of my loose vehicles - one can see how this would appeal when playing with cars:

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Illustration for article titled Surprise Saturday - Lesney Matchbox Garage

Based on box type, this example was likely made between 1958-60, appropriate for the castings pictured above. The garage also came with a metal clip that was used to link garages together - mine, as many today, is missing this. Definitely a cool piece that I am glad to have.

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