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So a new variation that would be nearest to variation 4 would become the new 4a, etc.

Matchbox Superfast MB32-d Maserati Bora



The Maserati Bora became the new SUPERFAST #32 in 1972 for a five year run packed always in `I“ type boxes or any blisterpack with copyright dates between 1972 - 1977.
It was then issued in the same colours in Japanese J12 (1978) or J32 (1979) boxes.
All SF32 Maseratis were painted metallic magenta, a shade which didnt vary much at all although there were a small minority made in the slightly lighter & pinker shade of metallic magenta paint officially intended for the SF39 Clipper ( a minority of which appeared in SF32 darker shade of magenta).

Baseplates on the majority of SF32 Maseratis were painted in the SF43 VW Dragon wheels lightest shades of lime green, a minority in the darker shades except for one early production run that was chemically silver plated
All SF32 Maseratis had clear untinted glazing with lemon yellow seats - the lemon yellow dye was added to the clear plastic mix used for all Lesney interiors in varying amounts so the interior shade can vary in intensity yet remain lemon. During the production of the Japanese issues orange-yellow dye was used for some but not all seat sets which were also fitted to most but not all of the gold Two pack issues.

The new standard 11.5 x 6mm 5 slot SUPERFAST wheels (equally common with both square or traditional slots just not often mixed on the same car) were fitted to most SF32 however a minority were fitted with 11 x 4mm 5 slots or rather hard to find, 10 x 4mm 5 slots. These 3 sizes of wheels can all be found on the first baseplate design which incorporated Lesney“s traditional rivited SUPERFAST plastic spring chassis.
As a cost cutting measure Lesney redesigned the baseplate in 1976 to allow axles to be fitted directly to baseplates unsprung and all models made with this 2nd type of baseplate were fitted with the new standard 11 x 6mm 5 arch wheels.

Lesney created a race #8 green stripe sticker intended for all SF32 Maseratis however in recent years race #6 from the SF41 Ford GT and some other 1970s labels intended for other models regularly appear for sale but unless still factory sealed in a blisterpack it is impossible to prove whether or not the label fitted came from surplus new stock sold to dealers during the factory liquidation. The race #3 labels from the SF3 Monteverdi Hai were fitted as standard to all Japanese issues and the surplus stock sold off in multipacks packed in 1979-80.

This toy was also exported to Roly Toys of Brazil in compenent form for painting in a multitude of colours and final assembly with almost any 1970s Lesney hood sticker applied - both the 1st (with 5 slot wheels ) and 2nd (with 5 arch wheels) type of baseplate design were shipped.

In 1979 the baseplate + seating tooling was modified to incorporate a towhook joined to the rear parcel shelf and emerging through a slot between the exhausts. ““No.32““ was removed from the baseplate and this toy was recoloured gold with a silver baseplate for the Two Pack series issued from 1979 to 1981.

In 1981 the baseplate tooling was modified again to include ““No 37`` and the new name ““Sun Burner““. Under this new name and painted black with red interior and flame tampos this car rejoined the 1-75 series for 3 more years which covered not only the relocation of production to Hong Kong and then Macau,but also the change in company names to ““Lesney PLC ““ and finally ““Matchbox International Ltd““ all of which required the baseplate text to be amended each time.


Above: showing the various wheel types.

Above: A short run of Maseratis had a chemically plated baseplate

Above: A metallic candy pink Bora with "Sunburst" label
(from #47 Beach Hopper)

Above: A Maserati in its USA issue blisterpack

Above: the Japanese J12 issue Maserati Bora.
was also sold in Japanese J25 boxes

Above: the gold with silver baseplate Two Pack issue
showing the orange and yellow interiors.

Above: the Maserati Bora was later released as the 37-d Sunburner.

Above: the Maserati Bora in its TP-4 blisterpack.

Above: a white Maserati Bora pre production model.

Above: A Brazillian made Maserati Bora by Roly Toys .

code number
colour
baseplate
seats
labels
wheels
axle covers
tow hook
code 1
metallic magenta
plated #32
lemon
8, green stripe
5.5x10mm 5 spk square
rounded
no
code 2
metallic magenta
light lime green #32
lemon
8, green stripe
5.5x10mm 5 spk square
rounded
no
code 3
metallic magenta
light lime green #32
lemon
8, green stripe
5.5x10mm 5 spk slot
rounded
no
code 4
metallic magenta
dark lime green #32
lemon
8, green stripe
5.5x10mm 5 spk square
rounded
no
code 5
metallic magenta
dark lime green #32
lemon
8, green stripe
5.5x10mm 5 spk slot
rounded
no
code 6
metallic magenta
dark lime green #32
lemon
8, green stripe
4x9.5mm 5 spk slot
rounded
no
code 7
metallic magenta
dark lime green #32
lemon
8, green stripe
4x10mm 5 spk slot
rounded
no
code 8
metallic magenta
light lime green #32
lemon
none
5.5x10mm 5 spk square
rounded
no
code 9
metallic magenta
light lime green #32
lemon
none
5.5x10mm 5 spk slot
rounded
no
code 10
metallic magenta
dark lime green #32
lemon
none
5.5x10mm 5 spk square
rounded
no
code 11
metallic magenta
dark lime green #32
lemon
none
5.5x10mm 5 spk slot
rounded
no
code 12
metallic magenta
light lime green #32
lemon
blue 6 (from #41-a)
5.5x10mm 5 spk square
rounded
no
code 13
metallic magenta
light lime green #32
lemon
yellow, orange & black 3 (from #3-b)
5.5x10mm 5 spk square
rounded
no
code 14
metallic magenta
light lime green #32
lemon
blue & yellow Sun (from #47-b)
5.5x10mm 5 spk square
rounded
no
code 15
metallic candy pink
light lime green #32
lemon
blue & yellow Sun (from #47-b)
5.5x10mm 5 spk square
divided
no
code 16
metallic magenta
light lime green #32
lemon
8, green stripe
5.5x11mm 5 arch
divided
no
code 17
metallic magenta
metallic lime green #32
lemon
8, green stripe
5.5x11mm 5 arch
divided
no
code 18
metallic magenta
light lime green #32
lemon
none
5.5x11mm 5 arch
divided
no
code 19
metallic magenta
light lime green #32
lemon
yellow, orange & black 3 (from #3-b)
5.5x11mm 5 arch
divided
no
code 20
gold
silver no#
yellow
none
5.5x11mm 5 arch
divided
yes
code 21
gold
silver no#
orange
none
5.5x11mm 5 arch
divided
yes

Values based on Vectis actual selling prices.
metallic magenta, plated baseplate, #8 label = £80
metallic magenta, lime green baseplate, #8 label = £25
metallic magenta, dark green baseplate, #8 label = £35
metallic magenta, lime green baseplate, #3 label = £40
metallic candy pink, lime green baseplate, sunburst label = £50
metallic magenta, 3 label, J12 or J25 Japanese box = £45
gold, silver baseplate, Two Pack issue = £70
black, flame tampo, Sunburner = £20