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 MB18-e Field Car



In 1970 the #18 Scout Field car lost its autosteer feature with coloured hubs and separate tyres in favour of deeper sprung suspension and SuperFast wheels. It was packaged mostly in “G“ boxes but also in “I“ boxes as well as all blisterpacks with copyright dates between 1969 and 1972. It retained its regular wheels colours of Muira yellow, ivory seats, red-brown roof and plated baseplate for its run as #18 in the 1-75 series.
Initially 12.5x2mm thin 4 slot truck tyres were fitted with a hard to find short run (featured in both 1971 and 1972-73 international collector catalogues) made with the 5 slot 12.5x4mm thick truck tyres.However the vast majority produced had 12.5x4mm wide 4 slot truck tyres fitted. Note all types of 12.5mm tyres were hollow, none were solid.

The words “Pat App“ were added to the baseplate shortly after the Superfast conversion so SuperFast baseplates without 'Pat App' are much harder to find. The roof of the body casting was strengthened by filling in the originally hollow triangles, and later in its two pack career smoothed out completely. Bearing in mind the fact that there were twin body shells produced by the body tool as well as twin, perhaps triplet or quad baseplates produced by the baseplate tool, there are some tiny casting differences which can be seen but in fact were produced in equal numbers over all variations - perhaps the most noticeable being the “A“ pillar of half of all bodies is smooth and on the other half features a groove.
The components for the wide 4 slot wheeled version were supplied unpainted for painting in various colours & assembley by Roly Toys of Brazil before the tooling went into storage for 3 years.

The tooling was revived in 1976 for the new two-pack range without #18 cast on the baseplate, initially as TP12 with the first short run in now hard to find dark army olive green with black seats & baseplate, tan roof and a choice of either 12.5x4mm 4 slots or 11x5mm 5 square slots (from #32 Maserati) wheels which were left plain black plastic.
Huge numbers were later made in a lighter colour standard olive green again featuring either wheel type and black seats with a tan roof which was smooth like the regular wheels roofs until the tooling wore out and new moulds were made with textured roofs. These usually carried white A on a red & blue block stickers on their doors but a minority received white US army stars on their bonnets instead.

This versatile casting was selected from 1977 for TP-9 to be painted metallic red with black seats & baseplate, tan hood, hot foiled 4 slot 12.5x4mm or 11x5mm 5 square slot wheels and a race #44 hood sticker as a two pack tow car for the #44 F1 racer.
It was later selected also for TP- 8 painted insipid orange (and final short runs in dark yellow and bright orange) with black hood and seats to match the former #38 Honda motorcycle trailer although a very hard to find very short run of these Field cars were painted white and carried the same checkered flag bonner sticker.

Small quantities of otherwise standard TP-8 and TP-9 Fieldcars had silver painted baseplates instead of black, and sometimes odd old stock stickers intended for deleted castings were fitted to these on days when insufficient volumes of correct labels were available to get toys finished and blistered.
Rare crossovers exist of TP8 and TP9 fitted with unchromed wheels intended for the TP-12 army issues with tiny quantities of army issues having hot foiled wheel hubs. For 1982,the final issues in bright orange featured “Scout Racing #179“ tampos which confirmed Lesney“s use of the Scout name & design with liberal artisic license when this toy was designed in 1968. These toys used up both tan TP-9 and black TP-8 roofs.


Above: The first version was in the regular wheel colour yellow, It had two different wheel types, two different roof infill types and the yellow version may be found with or without a satchel molded into the rear parcel shelf, all other colour schemes have the satchel molded in.

Above: The Army issues were in olive green (center & right) and the olive drab (left), They can be found with a variety of labels and wheel types which are usually black but chrome center wheels are hard to find. Also the roof can be smooth or have a textured finish, These were all blister packed models so would not have come in the boxes shown.

Above: The white Field car is the rarest and most difficult to find, It can have a smooth or textured roof and black or chrome wheel centers. It usually has the 'checkers' label but 'wild cat' labels from the Mustang dragster have also been found.

Above: The dull orange can be found with a textued or smooth roof, the baseplate can be unpainted, silver grey or matt black. It came with black or chrome wheel centers but always had the checkered bonnet label.


Above: The metallic red version can be found with a flat black, gloss black or silver grey baseplate and the smooth or textured roof can be tan or light tan, It was usually fitted with 'checkers' or '44' labels but 'OCL' labels have also been found.

Above: The dark orange version usually has '179' tampo but can be found with '44' or USA road race labels, It was a USA issue but was also released without labels or decals as a tp-8.

Above: The dark yellow version can have a flat or gloss black baseplate, It could have a tan or black roof and 4 or 5 slot wheels but it always had 'checkers' labels.

The final release was in mid orange, It could have '44', 'checkers' or 179 labels / tampo, the base could be flat black, gloss black or silver grey, the interior could be black or white and the roof smooth or textured, the 4 slot wheels can have chromed or black centers
photo courtesy Christian Falkensteiner.

Above: tp-7 and tp-9, all of the twin packs are quite sought after, Note the yellow car appears to have an extended towing hook and the boot mounted spare wheel is nowhere to be seen ?.

Above: The tp-12 and tp-29

Above: And probably the most desirable is the un numbered "Two Packs" blister card with the white Field car, Also shown is the tp-12 military two pack.

Above: Showing the earlier open type roof 'triangles' and the later one with the filled in triangles.
photo courtesy Christian Falkensteiner.

Above: Due to the very long life of the Field car it has been found in many different experimental colour shades including egg yolk yellow, metallic green, metallic purple, blue gloss, orange and yellow among others.

Above: A colour trial in green gloss with 'Paris-Dakar rally' labels,
photo courtesy J. M. Roulet / Christian Falkensteiner.

code
number
body
colour
baseplate
colour
roof colour
& texture
wheels
interior colour/
satchel cast
'Pat App'
on base
roof 'triangles'
casting
decals/
tampo
code 6
yellow
unpainted
red-brown, smooth
12.5x4mm silver 5 slot
ivory, no
no
open
none
code 7
yellow
unpainted
red-brown, smooth
12.5x4mm silver 5 slot
ivory, yes
no
open
none
code 8
yellow
unpainted
red-brown, smooth
12.5x4mm silver 5 slot
ivory, no
yes
open
none
code 9
yellow
unpainted
red-brown, smooth
12.5x4mm silver 5 slot
ivory, yes
yes
open
none
code 10
yellow
unpainted
red-brown, smooth
12.5x4mm silver 5 slot
ivory, no
yes
closed
none
code 11
yellow
unpainted
red-brown, smooth
12.5x4mm silver 5 slot
ivory, yes
yes
closed
none
code 12
yellow
unpainted
red-brown, smooth
12.5x2mm silver 4 slot
ivory, no
yes
open
none
code 13
yellow
unpainted
red-brown, smooth
12.5x2mm silver 4 slot
ivory, yes
yes
open
none
code 14
yellow
unpainted
red-brown, smooth
12.5x2mm silver 4 slot
ivory, no
yes
closed
none
code 15
yellow
unpainted
red-brown, smooth
12.5x2mm silver 4 slot
ivory, yes
yes
closed
none
code 16
yellow
unpainted
red-brown, smooth
12.5x4mm silver 4 slot
ivory, no
yes
open
none
code 17
yellow
unpainted
red-brown, smooth
12.5x4mm silver 4 slot
ivory, yes
yes
open
none
code 18
yellow
unpainted
red-brown, smooth
12.5x4mm silver 4 slot
ivory, no
yes
closed
none
code 19
yellow
unpainted
red-brown, smooth
12.5x4mm silver 4 slot
ivory, yes
yes
closed
none
code 20
yellow
silver-grey
red-brown, smooth
12.5x4mm silver 4 slot
ivory, no
yes
open
none
code 21
yellow
silver-grey
red-brown, smooth
12.5x4mm silver 4 slot
ivory, yes
yes
open
none
code 22
yellow
silver-grey
red-brown, smooth
12.5x4mm silver 4 slot
ivory, no
yes
closed
none
code 23
yellow
silver-grey
red-brown, smooth
12.5x4mm silver 4 slot
ivory, yes
yes
closed
none
code 24
olive green
flat black
tan, smooth
12.5x4mm black 4 slot
black, yes
yes
closed
'A' tp-12
code 25
olive green
flat black
tan, textured
12.5x4mm black 4 slot
black, yes
yes
closed
'A' tp-12
code 26
olive green
flat black
tan, smooth
12.5x4mm black 4 slot
black, yes
yes
closed
'RA391' tp-12
code 27
olive green
flat black
tan, textured
12.5x4mm black 4 slot
black, yes
yes
closed
'RA391' tp-12
code 28
olive green
flat black
tan, textured
11x4mm black 5 slot
black, yes
yes
closed
'A' tp-12
code 29
olive green
flat black
tan, textured
11x4mm black 5 slot
black, yes
yes
closed
'RA391' tp-12
code 30
olive green
flat black
tan, textured
11x4mm black 5 slot
black, yes
yes
closed
'star' tp-11
code 31
olive green
flat black
tan, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'RA391' tp-12
code 32
olive green
flat black
black, smooth
12.5x4mm black 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'RA391' tp-12
code 33
olive drab
flat black
tan, smooth
12.5x4mm black 4 slot
black, yes
yes
closed
'A' tp-12
code 34
olive drab
flat black
tan, smooth
11x4mm black 5 slot
black, yes
yes
closed
'A' tp-12
code 35
olive drab
flat black
tan, smooth
11x4mm silver 5 sp sq
black, yes
yes
closed
'A' tp-12
code 36
white
flat black
black, smooth
11.5x4mm silver 5 slot
black, yes
yes
closed
'checkers' tp-8
code 37
white
flat black
black, textured
11.5x4mm silver 5 slot
black, yes
yes
closed
'checkers' tp-8
code 38
white
flat black
black, smooth
11.5x4mm black 5 slot
black, yes
yes
closed
'checkers' tp-8
code 39
white
flat black
black, textured
11.5x4mm black 5 slot
black, yes
yes
closed
'checkers' tp-8
code 40
white
flat black
black, smooth
12.5x4mm black 4 slot
black, yes
yes
closed
'Wild Cat' tp-8
code 41
dull orange
flat black
black, smooth
11x5mm silver 5 sp sq
black, yes
yes
closed
'checkers' tp-8
code 42
dull orange
flat black
black, textured
11x5mm silver 5 sp sq
black, yes
yes
closed
'checkers' tp-8
code 43
dull orange
flat black
black, smooth
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'checkers' tp-8
code 44
dull orange
flat black
black, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'checkers' tp-8
code 45
dull orange
matt black
black, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'checkers' tp-8
code 46
dull orange
flat black
black, smooth
12.5x4mm black 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'checkers' tp-8
code 47
dull orange
flat black
black, textured
12.5x4mm black 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'checkers' tp-8
code 48
dull orange
silver grey
black, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'checkers' tp-8
code 49
dull orange
flat black
black, textured
12.5x4mm black 4 spoke
white, yes
yes
closed
'checkers' tp-8 tp-9
code 50
met red
flat black
tan, smooth
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'44' tp-3,tp-9
code 51
met red
flat black
tan, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'44' tp-3,tp-9
code 52
met red
flat black
light tan, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'44' tp-3,tp-9
code 53
met red
flat black
tan, smooth
12.5x4mm black 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'44' tp-9
code 54
met red
flat black
tan, textured
12.5x4mm black 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'44' tp-9
code 55
met red
silver grey
tan, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'checkers' tp-9
code 56
met red
silver grey
light tan, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'checkers' tp-9
code 57
met red
silver grey
tan, textured
12.5x4mm black 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'checkers' tp-9
code 58
met red
silver grey
light tan, textured
12.5x4mm black 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'checkers' tp-9
code 59
met red
gloss black
black, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'44' tp-9
code 60
met red
flat black
tan, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'checkers' tp-9
code 61
met red
flat black
light tan, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'checkers' tp-9
code 62
met red
flat black
tan, textured
11x5mm silver 5 sp sq
black, yes
yes
closed
'44' tp-9
code 63
met red
flat black
tan, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'OCL' (tp-22) tp-3
code 64
met red
flat black
tan, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'OCL' (tp-22) tp-3
code 65
dark orange
flat black
black, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
none tp-8
code 66
dark orange
flat black
black, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'179' (USA issue)
code 67
dark orange
silver grey
black, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'179' (USA issue)
code 68
dark orange
silver grey
tan, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'179' (USA issue)
code 69
dark orange
flat black
black, textured
11x5mm silver 5 sp sq
black, yes
yes
closed
'179' (USA issue)
code 70
dark orange
flat black
black, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
white, yes
yes
closed
'179' (USA issue)
code 71
dark orange
flat black
tan, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
white, yes
yes
closed
'44' (USA issue ?)
code 72
dark orange
flat black
black, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'USA road race' (USA issue)
code 73
dark orange
silver grey
tan, textured
11x5mm silver 5 sp sq
black, yes
yes
closed
'179' (USA issue)
code 74
dark orange
gloss black
black, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'179' (USA issue)
code 75
dark orange
silver grey
tan, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
none tp-8
code 76
dark orange
flat black
tan, textured
11x4mm silver 5 sp sq
black, yes
yes
closed
'179' (USA issue)
code 77
dark yellow
gloss black
tan, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'checkers' tp-8
code 78
dark yellow
flat black
black, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'checkers' tp-8
code 79
dark yellow
flat black
black, textured
11x5mm silver 5 sp sq
black, yes
yes
closed
'checkers' tp-8
code 80
mid orange
flat black
black, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
white, yes
yes
closed
'44' tp-8,tp-30
code 81
mid orange
flat black
black, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
white, yes
yes
closed
'179' tp-8,tp-30
code 82
mid orange
flat black
tan, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'179' tp-8,tp-30
code 83
mid orange
gloss black
black, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'checkers' tp-8,tp-30
code 84
mid orange
flat black
tan, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
white, yes
yes
closed
'44' tp-8,tp-30
code 85
mid orange
flat black
tan, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'44' tp-8,tp-30
code 86
mid orange
silver grey
black, textured
12.5x4mm black 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'179' tp-8,tp-30
code 87
mid orange
flat black
black, textured
12.5x4mm silver 4 spoke
black, yes
yes
closed
'179' (USA issue)

Values based on Vectis actual selling prices.
Note: values given are approximate due to the large number of variations
yellow - £20-£30
olive green - £20-£25
olive drab - £35-£45
white - £150-£200
dull orange - £20-£30
met red - £15-£20
dark orange - £25-£35
dark yellow - £20-£30
mid orange - £25-£35