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 MB14-d Iso Grifo



The Iso Grifo was part of the first wave of SuperFast released in 1969, indeed its release was so early that many were packed in regular wheels ´F´ boxes for insertion into SuperFast tracksets made to be sold in good time for Christmas 1969. This first Iso F box was soon modified for a very short production run with the addition of `SuperFast´ in red ink ahead of a purpose designed SuperFast F box with the legend in black ink.
The Iso was later packaged in `G´ and `H` boxes in very large numbers as well as all blisterpacks with copyright dates between 1969 and 1974 for its relatively long 5 years stay in the SF 1-75 series.

Initially for the first couple of years the bodyshell continued to be painted with dark blue clearcoat over silver primer as per the previous regular wheels issue. One 1970 run featured a darker than normal shade of blue clearcoat combined with strong blue interior in place of the standard light blue interiors.
Later in 1971 the Iso was recoloured light blue over white or pale blue primer which accounts for two distinct bright shades available. The interior was recolored white at the same time although significant numbers of rare crossovers in light blue with light blue seats exist with both thin & thick wheels. One or two dark blue cars fitted with white seats & thin wheels have been auctioned but the suspicion is that these are lunchbox specials or colour trials rather than a genuine factory store distributed variation lingers.

More numerous and undoubtably genuine are a handful of bright red thin wheeled Isos also fitted with white seats that are confirmed factory colour trials likely made at the same time.........
There were no body casting modifications required to enable 10x4mm wide 5 slot tyres to be fitted by early 1973 without limiting the springing in the suspension. Prior to this all earlier issues had standard thin 11.2x2mm 5 slot wheels which while often solid also exist commonly in hollow form and mixtures of both on both dark and light blue bodies examples.

A significant quantity of Isos were painted various colours including metallic red and assembled in Brazil from UK made components 1971 onwards. Although the Iso was deleted from the 1-75 series in 1975, it was revived in 1977 for the Japanese only black box J range, recoloured to light powder blue, still fitted with white seats and the same 5 slot 10mm wide wheels although the last of this production featured the new standard 10x4mm dot-dash patterned wheels. Excess production of Japanese issues was used up in UK Two packs and supermarket multipacks after 1979.

Lesney chose this tool in 1981 for its new Super GT range, the doors were cast shut, a new solid black glazing unit was designed and a new baseplate made in black plastic without suspension, all finished off with wide dot wheels, bright colours and tampo race stripes and numbers. Production of this Super GT was moved to China when the English production ended.


Above: Two Iso's in dark metallic blue, The one on the left has a light blue interior and the other has a very pale blue interior. Both F type boxes have the word 'Superfast' printed in black.

Above: The hard to find early F type box with 'Superfast' printed in red.

Above: Another Iso, This time with light blue interior

Above: And the rare one with white plastic interior in it's G type box.

Above: Showing the shade variations between the different light blue Isos. some with thin 11x2mm wheels and later models with thicker 10x4mm.

Above: This light blue Iso with white interior is fitted with wider 10x4mm 5 slot wheels and comes with it's correct H type box.

Above: And another one but this time fitted with the 10x4mm dot-dash wheels.

Above: USA blister pack and the USA 1971 Zingomatic which was also known as the Brroooom Stick here in the UK was not a good seller.


Above: The final release was in the Super GT's range which is not covered by this guide as they were made in China.

Above: Showing the white, pale blue and light blue interiors of the dark blue Iso as well as the different shades of light blue.
photo courtesy Mick Bruce.

Above: Again, showing various shades including the dark blue and very dark blue versions
photo courtesy George Marshall.

Above: The Iso was part of the G-7 Ferry Boat set.

Above: The 1973 G-2 Transporter Superset included the Iso as part of the load.

Above: The Matchbox crash game also included the Iso.

Above: The Iso Grifo was also sold as part of the M-2 Motorway set.

code number
colour
wheels
interior
code 10
dark met blue
11x2mm 5 slot
pale blue
code 11
dark met blue
11x2mm 5 slot
light blue
code 12
dark met blue
11x2mm 5 slot
white
code 13
very dark met blue
11x2mm 5 slot
pale blue
code 14
very dark met blue
11x2mm 5 slot
light blue
code 15
very dark met blue
11x2mm 5 slot
white
code 16
light blue
11x2mm 5 slot
white
code 17
light blue
11x2mm 5 slot
light blue
code 18
light blue
10x4mm 5 slot
white
code 19
light blue
10x4mm 5 slot
light blue
code 20
medium blue
11x2mm 5 slot
white
code 21
medium blue
10x4mm 5 slot
light blue
code 22
medium blue
10x4mm 5 slot
white
code 23
medium blue, grey base
10x4mm 5 slot
white
code 24
powder blue
10x4mm 5 slot
white
code 25
powder blue
10x4mm dot-dash
white

Values based on Vectis actual selling prices.
dark met blue, light or pale blue interior - £30-£40
very dark met blue, light or pale blue interior - £30-£40
dark met blue, white interior - £275-£325
very dark met blue, white interior - £275-£325
light blue - £25-£35
light blue with japanese J-3 box - £40-£50