Hetchins Frame Numbers

By Hilary Stone

Hetchins have used several systems over the years. Frame numbers from 1935 to 1962 all incorporated a sequential number which started at 1 in August 1935 and finished with 8462 in 1962. The details of frame numbering are laid out below for the period 1935 to 1967. 1968, 1969 1970 numbers followed a similar pattern to that for 1967. After 1970 there appears to have been a number of sequences and systems.


Production Sales

August 1935 3581
October 1935 351032
October 1935 51033
December 1935 512106 106
Jan-Dec 1936 61107 - 612546 440 332
Jan-Dec 1937 71547 - 7121145 599 571
Jan-Dec 1938 811146 - 8121812 666 615
Jan-Dec 1939 911813 - 9122301 589 511
Jan-Aug 1940 H12302 - H82442 140 184
Jan-Dec 1941 412443 - 412558 117 123
Jan-Dec 1942 422559 - 422650 92 90
Jan-Dec 1943 432651 - 432707 57 61
Jan-Dec 1944 442708 - 442746 38 42
Jan-Dec 1945 452747 - 452800 54 60
Jan-Dec 1946 462801 - 462999 198 175
Jan-Dec 1947 473000 - 473188 188 194
Jan-Dec 1948 483189 - 483335 145 190
Jan-Dec 1949 493336 - 493490 154 157
Jan-Dec 1950 503491 - 503720 229 * 254
Jan-Dec 1951 H13721 - H14024 303 * 207
Jan-Dec 1952 E24025 - E24459 434 * 398
T24460 - T24508
H24509 - H24644 app
Jan-Dec 1953 H24645app - H25320app 890 $ 431
Jan-Dec 1954 H25321app - H25888 540 $ 636 #
Jan-Dec 1955 H25889 - H26374 486 451
Jan-Dec 1956 H26375 - H26446 295 $ 399
26447 - 26670
Jan-Dec 1957 26671app - 27125app 454 $ 462
Jan-Dec 1958 27126app - 27455app 329 $ 396
Jan-Dec 1959 27455app - 27930app 475 343
Jan-Dec 1960 27931app - 28271app 340 303
Jan-Dec 1961 28272app - 28462 190 258
1962 2001 - 2199 199 226
1963 3200 - 3366 166 204
1964 4001 - 4171 171 151 #
1965 5001 - 5165 165 176
1966 6001 - 6136 136 123
1967 7001 - 71?? 137 + 108 +


Notes:
 H prefixes were not used consistently with five figure numbers in the 50s and 60s or with the four figure numbers in the 60s. They sometimes had them, sometimes not.
* Model year starting in October
$ Approximate figures
# Some sales appear not to be recorded
+ Figures finish part way through year.


Jackson built Hetchins (after Hetchins was sold)
Jackson built Hetchins have a numbering system all of their own.

1986-87 86003 - 86019 (13)
1987 87000 - 87064 (63)
1988 87065 - 87111 (48)
1989 87112 - 87150 (38)
1990 87154 - 87184 (32)
1991 87185 - 87203 (17)
1992 87204 - 87228 (24)
1993 87229 - 87231 (3)

Numbers are missing from all the above sequences, numbers in brackets are the actual numbers of frames recorded as sold in their records.

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