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 Routemasters were officially withdrawn from London's fleet between 2003 and 2005, though many survive in heritage fleets and in private hands.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 1-1/2" 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|
|MB34||2007||MBX Metal||Green||High Wycobe , Buchinghamire||Black / Plastic||Smoke|
|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|
|MB52||2009||City Action 12/13||
|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||
Name on card is Routemaster
Base code(s): C07
|N/A||2012||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???||Smoke||Gold Trispoke||Thailand|
|MB694||2013||Matchbox 60th Anniversary 4/24||Red||Matchbox 60th Anniversary on Union flag backdrop||Black / Plastic||Clear||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||Clear||Gold||Thailand||Also known as the "Chase Model"|
Base Code(s): F12
- London Bus, based off of the AEC Regent buses, which preceded the Routemaster in London service.
- The Londoner, based off of the Daimler Fleetline, which was intended to replace the Routemaster but ultimately predeceased it.
- Two-Storey Bus, a 2013 model of a modern double-decker bus.
For other London buses, see London Bus (disambiguation)