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 MB2-d Mercedes Trailer



The #2d Mercedes trailer joined the SuperFast range for just one year, packaged either in a “G“ box or any USA or Canada blisterpacks with 1969 or 1970 copyright dates. All were painted metallic gold, with the initial release featuring leftover orange canopies from the regular wheels issue, and one of these early issues features in the 1971 collector catalogue on the Matchbox motorway.
The bulk of production featured the intended yellow canopy, with most having standard thin 12.5x2mm thin 4 slot truck wheels fitted although the earliest releases and most of the orange canopy versions had the short run 11.2x2mm thin 5 slots.

Unusually,this toy departed from previous standard practice of using removable axle clips, instead featuring rivited plastic axle clips. Canopies carry mould segment numbers between 1 and 6 and exist in equal numbers while the trailer bed is from a twin mould.
The tooling spent 5 years in storage before being revived for the introduction of two-packs in 1976. The initial red release , the very first , TP1 , featured lemon yellow canopies with smart green “INTERNATIONAL HAULAGE “ stickers and the 4mm wide version of the previous pattern 4 slot truck tyres.

For 1981, the TP1 trailer was recoloured powder blue and the yellow canopy“s sticker changed to read “IMS International Haulage“. From 1977, military TP15 followed with the earliest run being painted in a rather dark but typical British Army matt olive drab without hot foiling on the standard 4 slot wheels and a tan canopy with one of 2 different sticker designs. About half of these were fitted with a newer type of 5 slot 12.5x4mm wheels.
Subsequent runs of this very successful two-pack were made over 5 years in a noticeably lighter satin dark olive with the same two types of wheels both being used in large numbers but rarely mixed on the same toy as well as the same two canopy sticker designs re-appearing.

In the final year of Lesney it was recoloured yellow, fitted with the newest 5 arch 12.5x5mm wheels and given a white canopy with an “Alpine Rescue“ sticker. Beyond the scope of this site, this version continued in production into the Macau years of Matchbox International and survived until 1994 in a multitude of variations. An unbranded close copy of this trailer was made in very large numbers in China in the 1980s and 1990s.


Above: The first version was painted metallic gold and it was fitted with a yellow canopy that was the same as the regular wheel version.

Above: The yellow canopy was soon replaced by an orange canopy. Only the gold trailers can be found with the #2 baseplate, all others are unmarked.

Above: The first twin pack issue, TP-1 was in red with a yellow canopy, It had green "Transcontinental Haulage Co" labels. None of the twin pack models came
in a box, All were purely blister pack.


Above: The next TP-1 twin pack issue was in powder blue with yellow canopies and they had "IMS International Haulage labels.

Above: The model was recoloured to a dark olive drab for the TP-15 Military twin pack release although later issues were painted a lighter olive green. The wheel centers were not hot foiled and it can be found with either "USA 48350" or "TS 1702 K" labels applied to the light brown canopy.

Above: The twin pack models with the correct blister pack packaging. Note the military version painted a lighter olive green.

Above: For the TP-112 release it was recoloured to yellow body with a white canopy and it was fitted with "Alpine Rescue" labels, This version also had the later type '5 arch' wheels and is known to have been issued without labels.
This one can be found with a UK, Macau or an unmarked baseplate. All later issues had Macau baseplates so are not included in this guide.

Above: The Macau issues, Also from the TP-112 twin pack that was fitted with 5 arch wheels and yellow and white livery was the "Unfall Rettung" version. Not shown is the TP-112 white body & yellow canopy with G&S labels or the TP-128 with red body, white canopy and "Big Top Circus" labels.

Above: The 1978 release of the G-11 Strike Force set contained a military olive green trailer with its matching Mercedes tractor unit.

casting A
front panel with two raised lines
casting B
front panel with two reinforced lines
casting C
front panel with a recess

code
number
body
colour
canopy
colour
wheels
labels
trailer
casting
code 3
metallic gold
orange
12.5x2mm 4 slot
none
A
code 4
metallic gold
orange
12.5x2mm 4 slot
none
C
code 5
metallic gold
orange
11x2mm 5 slot
none
C
code 6
metallic gold
yellow
12.5x2mm 4 slot
none
A
code 7
metallic gold
yellow
12.5x2mm 4 slot
none
B
code 8
metallic gold
yellow
12.5x2mm 4 slot
none
C
code 9
metallic gold
yellow
11x2mm 5 slot
none
C
code 10
red
lemon
12.5x2mm 4 slot
transcontinental haulage
C
code 11
red
yellow
12.5x2mm 4 slot
transcontinental haulage
C
code 12
light blue
yellow
12.5x2mm 4 slot
IMS
C
code 13
light blue
yellow
12.5x2mm 5 slot
IMS
C
code 14
olive drab
light brown
10.5x4mm 5 slot
USA 48350
C
code 15
olive drab
light brown
10x4mm 5 slot
4TS 702 K
C
code 16
olive drab
light brown
10.5x4mm 5 slot
4TS 702 K
C
code 17
olive drab
light brown
11.5x4mm 4 slot
4TS 702 K
C
code 18
olive drab
light brown
11.5x4mm 4 slot
USA 48350
C
code 19
olive drab
light brown
10x4mm 5 slot
USA 48350
C
code 20
olive green
light brown
11.5x4mm 4 slot
USA 48350
C
code 21
olive green
light brown
11.5x4mm 4 slot
4TS 702 K
C
code 22
olive green
light brown
10.5x4mm 5 slot
4TS 702 K
C
code 23
olive green
light brown
10x4mm 5 slot
4TS 702 K
C
code 24
yellow
white
11.5x4mm 5 arch
Alpine Rescue
C
code 25
yellow
white
11.5x4mm 5 arch
none
C

Values based on Vectis actual selling prices.
met gold, yellow or orange canopy - £20-£30
military olive drab - £25-£35
military olive green - £10-£15
red "Transcontinental" - £10-£15
powder blue "IMS" - £10-£15
yellow "Alpine Rescue" - £10-£15