Commer van Matchbox

Commer BF van

Photo Commer four cylinder forward control models.

Matchbox 69

Type

“Nestlé’s” van

Model appeared in 1959, replaced in 1965 with the Hatra charger, according to the Moko Lesney Matchbox Toy Collecting website.

According to the table of dimensions, the probable scale is about 1:91. It would then be the BF.30.

For this model and others as old as it, the respect of the original is far from ridiculous, as long as it is equipped with decent wheels…

Modifications

Recent improvements:

  • Red spray paint.
  • Headlight lenses, panes, bumpers painted.
  • ø 9.5 mm Wiking wheels reduced to 8.8 and painted.

I found (in 2021) on ebay a documentation from 1966 on this van. So now I have much more accurate data.

This is the Commer BF of the English Rootes group. No information on the dates of manufacture, but at least from 1957 to 1966.

This vehicle was supplied with a choice of either a 2266 cc petrol or diesel engine with 42 kW (56 bhp). Two models were offered: the BF.20 with 280 cu. ft. (7.93 m3) capacity and 1 t payload, or the BF.30 with 309 cu. ft. (8.75 m3) capacity and 1.5 t payload.

Documents:

Commer, original aspect

Original appearance (photo vintagebritishdiecasts.co.uk)

Camionnette Commer Matchbox - rear viewCamionnette Commer Matchbox - rear view

Commer van MatchboxCommer van Matchbox

Commer BF van

Photo Commer four cylinder forward control models.

Inches mm 1:87 Ratio
1 189 4 800 55.2
2 201 5 105 58.7 56.7 90.0
807/8 2 054 23.6 22.4 91.7
94 3 2 388 27.4 27.0 5 88.4
64 1 626 18.7 15.6
581/2 1 486 17.1 15.6
1 111 2 820 32.4
2 123 3 124 35.9 34.3 91.1
750 4 8.6 8.8 5
7.5 191 2.2 2.2 5
  1. BF.20, for information.
  2. BF.30.
  3. Calculated dimension.
  4. Estimated value.
  5. With Wiking wheels.

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