The Double Decker bus model is based off of the iconic AEC Routemaster, best known for serving London, England's public transit needs for a half-century. The prototype underwent minor changes over its production run, and this model represents 1963 AEC Routemaster 3. It is a licensed model. Routemasters were officially withdrawn from London's fleet between 2003 and 2005, though many survive in heritage fleets and in private hands.
This is a large model for the mainline series, standing over 1½″ tall and 4″ long. The body consists of two metal castings, at the expense of an interior; the steps seen at the rear of the bus are part of the base. A single piece of plastic accounts for all of the windows.
The Double-Decker is given out to every single person who holds the title of Matchbox Ambassador To Collectors.
The Double-Decker has come out in the following scale versions:
|Col #||Year||Series||Color||Tampo||Base Color/ Type||Window Color||Wheel Type||Toy #||Country||Notes / Variations||Photo|
|MB56||2006||MBX Metal||Red||The British Invasion Continues||Black / Plastic||Smoke||J2382||Thailand|
|BB09||2007||Best of British||Red||MATCHBOX Best of British, 12 Oxford Circuss, Double Decker Bus Tour, Yellow stripe||Black / Plastic||Clear||red||L1852||Thailand|
|MB34||2007||MBX Metal||Blue||"Matchbox" Toys, Tottenham Ct Rd STN, No.5||Black / Plastic||Smoke||K9489||Thailand|
|2007||Matchbox Gathering of Friends Dealer exclusive||Dark smoke tint||black||Limited to 300 pieces.|
|BB10||2008||Best of British||Green||High Wycombe, Buckinhamshire, Union Jack, 363||Black / Plastic||Smoke||M4608||Thailand||Routemaster Bus on card|
|MB53||2008||City Action 9/12||Metalflake Tan||Union Jack with "55+ Years of Quality and Heritage" and Red, White and Black Matchbox logo on sides||Black / Plastic||Smoke||M5338||Thailand||Routemaster Bus on card|
|N/A||2008||Dream Halloween||Metallic purple||13 PYSCHIC ENCOUNTERS, Stripes||White / Plastic||Green tint||copper||Thailand||Charity event exclusive|
|2009||Best of British||Black / Plastic||Smoke|
|MB52||2009||City Action 12/13||
Dark Grass Green
|Black, White, Yellow, and Gold "The Matchbox Transport Sightseeing Tours" on sides||Black / Plastic||Smoke||white||P2960||Thailand||
Routemaster Bus on card
Base code(s): B24
|Red||Union Jack, "Adventures don't just happen, What's your adventure?" banner||Black / Plastic||Dark smoke tint||R4996||Thailand||
Routemaster Bus on card
Base code(s): C07
|N/A||2013||Toy Fair||Gold Chrome||New Matchbox logo on side, Union Jack on roof, Matchbox Vehicles and Brown tampos on side, 60th Anniversary logo on rear, detailed headlights and tailights.||Black / Plastic||Smoke||gold||Thailand|
|2013||Matchbox Gathering Dinner model||Black / Plastic||Smoke||gold||Dinner exclusive, limited to 75 each|
|MB694||2013||Matchbox 60th Anniversary 4/24||Red||Matchbox 60th Anniversary on Union flag backdrop||Black / Plastic||Smoke||Y5336||Thailand||Base Code(s): F12|
|MB694||2013||Matchbox 60th Anniversary 25/24||Metallic Red||Matchbox 60th Anniversary ads, bus routes, detailed tampos||Black / Plastic||Smoke||gold||Thailand||Also known as the "Chase Model"|
Base Code(s): F12
|2016||Best of Matchbox 2016||Gold||Clear||Rubber Tires||DKC92||Thailand||
Known as 'Routemaster Bus'
Base Code(s): J22
- London Bus (5-A) and London Bus (5-B) – AEC Regent buses (preceded the Routemaster)
- Daimler Bus (1966) and The Londoner – Daimler Fleetline buses (served with the Routemaster)
- Leyland Titan (1982) – similar to the Fleetline (served with the Routemaster)
- Two Story Bus (2013) – a modern double-decker bus.
For other London buses, see London Bus (disambiguation)