In the last few months, I visited my friend’s Jang Birsens Matchbox Museum as many times as I could.
There is so much stuff to see and it got me back to buy some Matchbox models, for me a kind of a back to the roots moment! Therefore I decided to write a second report about the Museum focusing on Regular Wheels and Superfast models. The first one was on the Model Car Hall of Fame site (find it here).
Here are some of my highlights –
MB46 Blue Color Standard Edition
MB46 Transition Model
MB46 Standard with opening doors and trunk
MB5 Pre-Serial Model
MB5 Standard Model with White Interior
MB12 Land-Rover Blue Transition Model
MB33 Standard Model
MB33 Yellow with Red Interior | very rare version
MB33 Yellow with White Interior | another very rare version
MB8 Ford Mustang White Standard Model, Red very rare color variations and interior variations
MB25 Bedford Petrol Tanker Aral with Black Wheels
MB25 Bedford Petrol Tanker BP with Gray Wheels
MB 13 Dodge Wrecker with Yellow Cab | nice but common
MB 13 Dodge Wrecker with Green Cab | not so common, recently sold for $8,500
And that despite the Green Cab version being in the 1965 catalogue!
MB58 AEC BEA Coach with its very rare D- Type Box
MB12 Land-Rover with gray wheels for the US-Market
Variations of the SF Ford Wreck Truck
Superfast Ferrari Berlinetta | Very rare green color
Pontiac GTO in a rare red color as well as in the more common mauve
I found also some interesting models from different other series in the Museum, here an example.
Mechanised Tractor Plant with Winch Transporter
This set was based on the K-20 Tractor Transporter with three tractors. Originally all painted in red they were painted for the set in a metallic blue cab and a silver trailer with Superfast Wheels. It was also modified to incorporate a working winch behind the cab and a two-section tailgate and a pulley on the trailer. The tractors on the trailer were painted in an orange color and some sets can also be found with blue tractors. Tractors are No39 of the MBX miniature series Ford Tractors based on a Ford Power Major. The orange tractor is one of the rarest MBX 1-75 Models as it was used exclusively for this set. The set contained also a factory building with a conveyer belt inside it and two lenghts of road and a road ramp.
A Matchbox King Size, Speed Kings, Super Kings Dealer Display
and its original outer packaging (how cool is that!)
Some Pre-Serial Models
Matchbox Models as Eraser’s
Now please ask lots of questions (giving me an excuse to go back…). The Museum does not yet have its own website but you can find contact details here – www.mullerthal.lu/en/fiche/museum/matchbox-museum