In June 1954, Meccano announced the release of a new model, a Bedford 10-cwt Van with the sales number of 480. Until 2012, I thought the model was only issued in its own individual yellow box, but along came the Vectis Auction held on 19 January 2012, and there it was, a trade box containing six examples!
So I just had to add it to my collection! Although at a cost I would not like to talk about!
The models are not 100% mint, but that does not matter! The base of the box shows it to have been quality inspected in October 1954, so for at least four months, apparently the model was only sold out of trade boxes. It would be nice to know when it finally gained its own box.
This brings out another question - was the 621 Bedford 3- ton Army Wagon released simultaneously with the 480 also issued in a trade box?