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 MB24-c Rolls Royce Silver Shadow



The Rolls Royce Silver Shadow joined the SuperFast range in 1970 keeping its previous regular ´realistic´ wheels colours for its whole 2 year run as #24. The red clearcoat over silver primer actually became more of a rose red shade with dark pink undertones as each new batch of paint was purchased.
The body casting wheel arches were widened in 1971 to allow the plastic sprung suspension to remain effective when wide 10x4mm 5 slot wheels replaced the common 11x2mm solid or hollow 5 slot wheels or 10.5x2mm hollow 5 slots fitted to all Superfast issues with original low wheel arch bodyshells. Scarce cross overs exist with thin wheels and enlarged arches.

Baseplates were usually painted gloss black however leftover stocks of #29 Austin metallic green, #23 caravan pink and YesterYear silver gray were used up on a minority which were all fitted with wide 5 slot wheels.
This tooling was revived in 1977 for the exclusive Japanese series, recoloured to the same shade of gold over silver or gold primer that had been used for the #69 Rolls convertable. Most had the same wide 5 slot wheels although the then new standard 10x5mm dot dash wheels were fitted on a significant minority.

The body casting had to be altered by further enlargement of the wheel arches with flared lips to allow the plastic sprung suspension to work effectively with these wider wheels.
The side windows lower ledge seems to have been thickened at the same time, although given the relocated rear door outlines there is a slim possibility that the body tool wore out and was remade or at least the two sides were remade.
The revised body casting can be found fitted with the previous 5 slots making 3 variations of the gold Japanese casting. This was done just ahead of the new 39d Silver Shadow II joining the 1-75 series.

The Rolls was always packaged in ´G´ boxes or copyright 1969 to 1972 blisterpacks before it was deleted, and then following its 1977 revival for the exclusive Japanese series featured in all styles of Japanese packaging issued 1977-79 as well as European two packs and multi-packs in 1980.

Final use of this tooling was a 1985 one year lease to Bulgaria which resulted in different body and seat colours being made and fitted with 10x5mm dot-dash wheels although these issues are beyond the scope of this site.


Above: The Silver Shadow was released in just two basic colours.

Above: An early issue in dark metallic red with 10.5x2mm solid wheels.

Above: A pair of Silver Shadows, The one on the left is a later issue and it has metallic red paint, 11x2mm 5 slot wheels and flared wheel arches. The model on the right is an early issue which has a lighter metallic red paint and early 11x2mm wheels with the normal wheel arches.

Above: The gold Japanese issue with its black J-4 box. This one had the casting altered again because of the new wider 10x5mm dot-dash wheels the flared lip was removed from the wheel arches and the wheel arches were enlarged slightly.

Above: A rare Japanese blister card.

Above: Two issue of the gold painted J-4 / J-24 Japanese Rolls Royce Silver Shadows shown with a later issue metallic tan #39-e Silver Shadow that dates from 1979, Note the later issue is almost identical but for the opening doors.


Above: Car 'A' is the standard regular wheel issue with small wheel arches. The two 'B' cars have flared wheel openings which have been slightly enlarged, Note the thinner gap between the wheel arch and door, Car 'C' has enlarged wheel arches and the edge of the back door has been recast, Note the smaller rear door on this one.

Above: Some of the various baseplate colours.

Above: The Rolls was also packaged as part of the 1970 release of the G-2 Transporter Superset.

Above: An unusual pre production / colour trial piece in white gloss. Colour trials are also known to have been produced in metallic olive green and also chrome plate.

code
number
body
colour
baseplate
colour
wheels
wheel
arches
code 10
light metallic red
black
11x2mm 5 slot
small
code 11
light metallic red
black
10.5x2mm 5 slot
small
code 12
dark metallic red
black
11x2mm 5 slot
small
code 13
dark metallic red
black
10.5x2mm 5 slot
small
code 14
dark metallic red
black
10x4mm 5 slot
flared
code 15
dark metallic red
grey
10x4mm 5 slot
flared
code 16
dark metallic red
charcoal
10x4mm 5 slot
flared
code 17
dark metallic red
silver-grey
10x4mm 5 slot
flared
code 18
dark metallic red
metallic green
10x4mm 5 slot
flared
code 19
dark metallic red
pink
10x4mm 5 slot
flared
code 20
gold
black
10x4mm 5 slot
flared
code 21
gold
unpainted
10x4mm 5 slot
flared
code 22
gold
black
10x4mm 5 square
flared
code 23
gold
black
10x4mm 5 square
enlarged
code 24
gold
black
10x5mm dot-dash
enlarged

Values based on Vectis actual selling prices.
gold car with Japanese J-24 box - £40-£50 (estimate)
all other issues - £20-£30