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 29-d Racing Mini



The cover of the 1970 collector catalogue showed Lesney was planning a conventional looking rally Mini however the toy that was released late in 1970 as the new #29 was widened and flattened for better performance on Superfast tracksets.
Only pre-production examples were cast with door handles , hinges & shut lines, however in common with other contemporary toys destined to carry large side stickers like the #8 Wildcat and #62 Rat Rod, the body sides were smoothed to accomodate oversize stickers.
Had Lesney not based their new model on the 1969 Mini mark 2 which featured external door hinges but instead chosen the 1970 Mini mark 3 with internal door hinges, no change to the tooling would have been required to fit stickers smoothly !

Racing Minis were packaged in G or `I boxes as well as all blisterpacks with copyright dates between 1970 and 1975 and all versions of the TP-6 blisterpack 1976-1981.
All Racing Minis were fitted with 9.5 x 4mm 5 slot wheels except for final couple of years of TP-6 issues which featured cut out 5 slot wheels of the same size and a short run with 10 x 4mm with the 10 dots and dashes pattern.
All Racing Minis featured clear untinted glazing. For the first couple of years Racing Minis were fitted with standard ivory coloured seats however in common with many other 1-75 series in 1972 and 1973, vanilla replaced ivory for seats.

For the first couple of years Racing Minis were painted with orange bronze clearcoat over bronze primer however from 1973 this toy was brightened up with tomato orange candycoat over yellow primer and this shade continued throughout the TP-6 production years.
One scarce late TP-6 run was painted glossy pink under its tomato orange candycoat and this variation looks much darker than normal and is very prone to paint chipping or flaking revealing the pink which is a result of the pink being oven baked before the candycoat was applied and as such could be evidence of an aborted pink run for this casting.
Some yellow primered examples are also prone to paint chipping & flaking which reveals a harder oven baked yellow coat underneath. Baseplates were normally just standard plated mazac however one scarce run of silver painted baseplates was made for TP-6.

All Racing Minis packaged as #29 had race 29 stickers fitted with orange borders to the sticker however when these stickers were re-ordered for the two pack series they were printed with green borders to the otherwise unchanged design.
Short runs were made using a circular race #3 sticker or the RAF roundels from the new #14 Mini HaHa which coincidentally featured the same body colour! Collectors should be wary of paying premiums for sticker variations when large quantities of unused original Lesney labels were auctioned off to collectors and new variations have been created by collectors after Lesney stopped UK production.

Lesney shipped unpainted components and axle sets for the Racing Mini to Roly toys of Brazil during the 1970s and large numbers were assembled & painted in a wide variety of colours and fitted with race #29 or various different stickers that were standard on other Lesney models at that time.
No further use of this tooling was made post 1981.


Above: showing the three basic colours, bronze, orange and red and the G and I type boxes.

Above: The first release was in bronze. It came with
an orange border to the racing number '29' labels.

Above: The next release was in light or dark orange and it
could have an orange or green border to the 29 labels.

Above: One unusual variation has been found which has #28 labels to one side and #29 labels to the other. In keeping with my decision not to include error pieces in the variation table so it is not listed as a variation, However, Collectors seem to find this oddity quite desirable as this one sold for 150.


Above: A dark orange mini with a rare silver grey baseplate.

Above: An orange-red Racing Mini

Above: A red Racing Mini with 'cut-out' wheels, 3 labels and I type box.

Above: The 'Two Pack' blister pack with an orange Racing Mini.

Above: The 900 series TP-6 blister pack with a red Racing Mini
which has the later 'cut-out' type wheels and the hard to find 3 labels.

Above: The 1978 G-17 Car Ferry set featured the 'Olympus' car ferry in red,
yellow and white and 4 superfast models including the 29-d Racing Mini.

Above: Left the early red pre pro with door outline cast in and unchromed wheel centers together with a later colour trial in blue.

Above: Another colour trial in blue with #29 labels fitted and another colour trial in gold.

code
number
body
colour
baseplate
colour
interior
colour
wheels
door
outline
wheel
strip
labels /
decals
code 1
bronze
unpainted
ivory
9.5x4mm 5 slot
yes
brown
small 29, orange border
code 2
bronze
unpainted
ivory
9.5x4mm 5 slot
no
brown
small 29, orange border
code 3
bronze
unpainted
ivory
9.5x4mm 5 slot
no
brown
none
code 4
bronze
unpainted
ivory
9.5x4mm 5 slot
no
orange
small 29, orange border
code 5
light orange
unpainted
cream
9.5x4mm 5 slot
no
orange
small 29, orange border
code 6
dark orange
unpainted
ivory
9.5x4mm 5 slot
no
orange
small 29, orange border
code 7
dark orange
unpainted
cream
9.5x4mm 5 slot
no
orange
small 29, orange border
code 8
dark orange
silver grey
cream
9.5x4mm 5 slot
no
orange
small 29, orange border
code 9
dark orange
unpainted
ivory
9.5x4mm 5 slot
no
orange
small 29, green border
code 10
dark orange
unpainted
cream
9.5x4mm 5 slot
no
orange
small 29, green border
code 11
dark orange
silver grey
cream
9.5x4mm 5 slot
no
orange
small 29, green border
code 12
dark orange
silver grey
ivory
9.5x4mm 5 slot
no
orange
small 29, green border
code 13
dark orange
unpainted
cream
9.5x4mm 5 slot
no
orange
large 29, green border
code 14
dark orange
unpainted
ivory
9.5x4mm 5 slot
no
orange
large 29, green border
code 15
dark orange
unpainted
ivory
9.5x4mm 5 slot
no
orange
castrol (UK promo)
code 16
orange-red
unpainted
ivory
9.5x4mm 5 slot
no
orange
large 29, green border
code 17
red
unpainted
ivory
9.5x4mm 5 slot
no
orange
large 29, green border (TP-6)
code 18
red
unpainted
cream
9.5x4mm 5 slot
no
orange
large 29, green border (TP-6)
code 19
red
unpainted
cream
9.5x4mm 5 slot
no
orange
34 + stripes (34-e)(TP-6)
code 20
red
unpainted
cream
9.5x4mm 5 slot
no
orange
small 29, green border (TP-6)
code 21
red
unpainted
cream
9.5x4mm 5 slot
no
orange
blue + red roundels (14-e)(TP-6)
code 22
red
unpainted
cream
9.5x4mm cut out
no
orange
large 29, green border (TP-6)
code 23
red
unpainted
ivory
9.5x4mm cut out
no
none
large 29, green border (TP-6)
code 24
red
unpainted
ivory
9.5x4mm cut out
no
none
round 3 (TP-6)
code 25
red
unpainted
cream
9.5x4mm cut out
no
none
none (TP-6)
code 26
red
unpainted
cream
9.5x4mm dot-dash
no
none
large 29, green border (TP-6)

Values based on Vectis actual selling prices.
bronze, 29 green border - 20-25
orange, 29 orange border - 15-20
orange, 29 green border - 20-25
red, 29 green border - 25-35
red, 3 labels - 45-55
red, silver-grey base - 140-150
orange, 28+29 labels - 140-150
orange, Castrol labels (promo) - 140-150 (estimated)
red, 34 + stripe labels (34-e) - 140-150 (estimated)
red, blue + red roundels (14-e)- 140-150 (estimated)