PLEASE NOTE: I will no longer be altering the variation codes. All new discoveries will be inserted in to their correct place in the timeline and given a suffix.
So a new variation that would be nearest to variation 4 would become the new 4a, etc.

Matchbox Superfast MB13-d Dodge Wrecker



The popular BP Dodge wreck truck joined the SuperFast range in 1970 but was deleted in 1971. It was packaged only in G boxes or USA or Canadian blisterpacks with copyright dates between 1969 and 1971 as well as G1 giftsets 1970-1973.
It used the same regular wheels paint shades of BP corporate pale yellow or the slightly darker and deeper yellow which is normally found on the #33 Lamborghini Miura paired up with with a standard BP green load bed and it used with the same green tinted glazing, red roof light and red tow hook (which can vary in shade from orange-red to red).

The Superfast #13 issues were fitted with the smaller sized BP paper labels with angled corners that were used on the last run of regular wheels items, and so far no examples of the full size angled corner paper labels have been documented on these Superfast issues.
After the Dodge wrecker had been deleted from the 1-75 series annual short runs were made for G1 Filling Station Giftsets intended to be sold in time for Christmases 1971, 1972 and 1973.
Significant quantities of these late issues have been found with the Esso paper stickers specified for the # 71 Esso wrecker, perhaps made as a joke by factory workers !.
The only known casting variation applies exclusively to the 1972-73 G1 issues - a shallow step is cast into the loadbed in place of the original pair of teeth designed to help the plastic axles grip more tightly.

The Dodge is commonly fitted with the same wide 11x4mm 5 slot tyres that were created for the 45 Ford Group 6 however it is not too hard to find fitted with the same short run slick tread wide 10x4mm with 5 tiny slots that were fitted to the sought after no 8 Mustangs/Wildcats or what is perhaps the very first issue, solid thin 11x2mm 5 slots.
These wheelsets are retained by standard SuperFast truck axleclips which are normally black plastic but a minority were made with the short run red clips. Wheel sets, axle clips and tow hooks can be simply exchanged with other common Lesneys so no premium should be paid for thin wheels or red axle clips or yellow hooks (swapped from no 30 Crane trucks).


Above: Fitted with 10x4mm (left) and 11x4mm (right) wheels.

Above: The first run with thin 11x2mm wheels in BP corporate pale yellow.

Above: Another 11x2mm wheeled dodge painted in non corporate deep yellow. These non corporate yellow Dodges were in production right from the earliest of the regular wheel years and right up to the end of the superfast era and probably came about as a result of Lesney running out of the correct shade of corporate yellow paint.
They are commonly and wrongly known as 'superfast yellow' but they preceded the superfast era by at least three years although they don't demand much of a premium over the standard colour.

Above: Fitted with 11x4mm wheels.


Above: Fitted with 10x4mm wheels with small slots.

Above: Fitted with 'Esso' decals from the No.71 Ford Wrecker, Note also the deep non coporate yellow this one is painted.

Above: A pre production Dodge with pale yellow cab and deep yellow bed, Note how the yellow bed matches the cab in the previous photograph.

code number
cab colour
bed colour
wheels
label
rear 'step'
hook colour
axle covers
code 17
BP yellow
green
11x2mm
small 'BP'
none
orange or red
long black
code 18
deep yellow
green
11x2mm
small 'BP'
none
orange or red
long black
code 19
BP yellow
green
11x4mm
small 'BP'
none
orange or red
long black
code 20
deep yellow
green
11x4mm
small 'BP'
none
orange or red
long black
code 21
BP yellow
green
10x4mm
small 'BP'
none
orange or red
long black
code 22
deep yellow
green
10x4mm
small 'BP'
none
orange or red
long black
code 23
BP yellow
green
10x4mm
small 'BP'
none
orange or red
short red
code 24
deep yellow
green
10x4mm
small 'BP'
none
orange or red
short red
code 25
BP yellow
green
11x4mm
small 'BP'
none
yellow
long black
code 26
deep yellow
green
11x4mm
small 'BP'
none
yellow
long black
code 27
BP yellow
green
11x4mm
small 'BP'
yes
orange or red
long black
code 28
deep yellow
green
11x4mm
small 'BP'
yes
orange or red
long black
code 29
BP yellow
green
11x4mm
esso
none
orange or red
long black
code 30
deep yellow
green
11x4mm
esso
none
orange or red
long black
code 30
BP yellow
green
11x4mm
esso
yes
orange or red
long black
code 31
deep yellow
green
11x4mm
esso
yes
orange or red
long black

Values based on Vectis actual selling prices.
with 11x2 wheels - 70-120
with esso decals - 40-70
with 11x4 or 10x4 wheels - 30-50
Add 10-20% for non BP corporation yellow