We just talked about how Hot Wheels manufactured toy vehicles other than their well known Hot Wheels cars,, i.e, fire engines, trucks, ambulances, airplanes, etc. to appeal to another market. The people at Matchbox were no different. They too manufactured toy vehicles with the same thoughts in mind – appealing to as broad a market as possible.
To this end, in 1958 Matchbox issued the British European Airways Coach #58A manufactured to appear to be a double-decker. (Here in the states we would call it a bus). It should be noted that some of the coaches came with variations of the decal affixed on both sides. Some had the BEA logo, some had the logo with the complete name spelled out.
The coach pictured here has the following features:
- Blue metal body
- “British European Airways” decals (full name)
- Gray plastic wheels
- Embossed bottom with:
Made in England
This type of Matchbox toy was painted, and as such, unless you can find one MIB or one that has been sitting on a shelf for many years, you’ll find the paint will have chips. Also, the BEA coach that has the decal with British European Airways spelled out is one of the most difficult to find out in the collection market – and will typically have the most value.