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 22-d Freeman Intercity Commuter



The Freeman Intercity Commuter was closely based upon a 1965 design on paper which was never built. It joined the 1-75 series in 1970 and was packaged in G boxes and all blisterpacks with copyright dates between 1970 and 1975. There is a relatively scarce G box variation from the very first run which does not include the yellow arrow sticker that featured on all subsequent UK production.
The yellow-arrow-on-a -black-background sticker seems to have been added to all the Freeman production and its box art after the initial run, and note that these stickers are handed so sometimes can appear pointing towards the rear instead of the front!

The initial production runs carried over the purple candycoat over silver primer from the previous #22 Pontiac GP and this came in 2 shades both with or without yellow arrow stickers.
The first recolour was to the same gold candycoat over pink primer (looks lighter gold) or orange primer (looks darker gold) that was used for both main shades of the deleted gold SF#46 Mercedes 300SE. For its final couple of years the Freeman was painted with either of the same metallic magenta and metallic burgundy colours used on the SF#45 Ford Group 6 produced concurrently.

All Freemans were fitted with clear untinted glazing, ivory or off white seats dependant upon how much white was mixed into the raw plastic and the same 11.5 x4mm 5 slot wheels as fitted to the SF#45 Ford Group 6 & SF#68 Porsche 910.
One batch of magenta Freemans had silver painted baseplates however all of the other production had plated baseplates.
Components for the Freeman were shipped to Roly toys of Brazil for painting in a variety of colours and final assembly which often included the correct stickers. No further use was ever made of this tooling post 1975.


Above: The Freeman was always packed into G type boxes which like the model itself may
or may not have the yellow 'arrow' label displayed on the side doors.

Above: The Freeman in metallic purple can be found with ivory or lemon
interior. It always had clear windows and 11.5x2mm wheels.

Above: The darker metallic purple version.

Above: And the metallic gold.


Above: The metallic magenta Freeman can be found with either a silver plated baseplate or silver grey painted baseplate. The interior can be ivory or off white.

Above: And finally the metallic burgundy Freeman.

Above: A pre production / colour trial in silver and a Lesney modelmakers prototype using a cut down Freeman body and with what appears to be a wrecker boom from the 13-d Dodge BP wrecker, It also has a non standard dark blue window unit which has been cut down to fit. Unfortunately it was never put into production.

code
number
body
colour
baseplate
colour
interior
colour
wheels
labels
code 1
metallic purple
silver plated
ivory
11.5 x4mm 5 slot
none
code 2
metallic purple
silver plated
ivory
11.5 x4mm 5 slot
yellow arrow
code 3
metallic purple
silver plated
lemon
11.5 x4mm 5 slot
yellow arrow
code 4
dark metallic purple
silver plated
ivory
11.5 x4mm 5 slot
none
code 5
dark metallic purple
silver plated
ivory
11.5 x4mm 5 slot
yellow arrow
code 6
metallic gold
silver plated
ivory
11.5 x4mm 5 slot
yellow arrow
code 7
metallic magenta
silver plated
ivory
11.5 x4mm 5 slot
none
code 8
metallic magenta
silver plated
ivory
11.5 x4mm 5 slot
yellow arrow
code 9
metallic magenta
silver grey
ivory
11.5 x4mm 5 slot
none
code 10
metallic magenta
silver grey
ivory
11.5 x4mm 5 slot
yellow arrow
code 11
metallic magenta
silver plated
off white
11.5 x4mm 5 slot
none
code 12
metallic magenta
silver plated
off white
11.5 x4mm 5 slot
yellow arrow
code 13
metallic burgundy
silver plated
ivory
11.5 x4mm 5 slot
none
code 14
metallic burgundy
silver plated
ivory
11.5 x4mm 5 slot
yellow arrow

Values based on Vectis actual selling prices.
dark or light metallic purple - 15-25
metallic gold - 25-35
metallic magenta - 15-25
metallic burgundy - 15-25