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 MB33-c Lamborghini Miura



The Lamborghini Muira was part of the original 1969 SuperFast launch wave, initially keeping its bright yellow regular ´realistic´ wheels colour. These yellow with red interior Muiras were commonly found packed inside the earliest Superfast Track sets complete with ´F´ boxes with red ´Superfast´ script to delight children on Christmas day 1969!.
Well known colour trials survive in private collections painted in metallic silver gray or the same shade of metallic blue that was used for the #64 MG1100.
The many transitional variations mixing Superfast gold bodies and white seats with regular wheels yellow bodies and red interiors ,clear or frosted rear louvres and baseplates with and without towguides and with and without Superfast wheels accurately reflects Lesneys ending flow line assembley of castings and switching to ´work enlargement´ production to minimise stock holdings and provide short runs of ´just in time´ yellow SuperFast cars for the earliest tracksets and gold regular wheels cars for Matchbox Motorways which were also selling very well in 1969.

The standard gold clearcoat over gold primer colour chosen for the bulk of Superfast production can be found on cars usually fitted with white seats, frosted rear window, solid or hollow 11x2mm thin Superfast wheels without tow guides although small runs were made with red seats and tow guides or even regular ´realistic´wheels. Tow guides were deleted very soon after the SuperFast baseplates went into production, featuring on a very small handful of gold cars but a significant minority of yellow bodied examples.
The Muira was recoloured to dark bronze clearcoat sprayed over gold primer for only one early SuperFast run, all having red seats,frosted rear windows and solid 11x2mm thin 5 slot wheels without tow guides.
These other early variations were packaged in normal black ´SuperFast´ script ´F´ boxes with a specially redrawn SuperFast Muira. Millions of common gold Muiras with white seats and thin wheels,no tow guide and frosted rear louvres went on to be packed in G boxes and USA or Canada copyright date 1969 to 1972 blisterpacks.

The switch to wide 10x4mm 5 slot wheels under bodies with enlarged wheel arches came by 1972 and these toys were packaged in ´G´ boxes or copyright 1972 worldwide blisterpacks, broomstick blisterpacks and all forms of Japanese packaging used 1977-1979. Most of the 1972 production featured baseplates painted in the same range of deep pink to dark red shades that featured on the #74 Daimler double decker bus. The final run for Japan featured black painted baseplates otherwise all UK made Muiras had unpainted baseplates. From 1972 to 1979 the shades of gold used lightened and became significantly less yellow with green undertones.
A minority of the made for Japan production featured the standard late 1970s 10x4mm dot-dash patterned wheels including the over production of Japanese issues shipped out of the factory in 1980 European multipacks.
Lesney shipped unassembled unpainted stocks of components to Brazil to allow them to paint and assemble the standard 1972 Muira variation in colours of their choice.
The Muira escaped conversion to basic Super GT specification so the original tooling for the #33 Muira was leased to the Mir factory in Bulgaria in 1985 although production in various colours was very limited because the tooling soon became defective beyond economic repair.


Above: The light metallic lime-gold on the left shown with the metallic gold version on the right.

Above: The yellow miura had small wheel arches and 11x2mm wheels, it can have a red interior and may or may not have a tow guide cast in. The yellow Miura has also been recorded with an ivory interior but we have not seen this variation.
Also shown is the earliest F type box with 'Superfast' in red.

Above: The metallic gold Miura always has small wheel arches and 11x2mm wheels is usually found with an ivory interior or less commonly with a red interior. Occasionally these may have a tow guide cast in.

Above: The light metallic lime-gold Miura with enlarged wheel arches and the wider 10x4mm wheels.

Above: A very hard to find dark bronze Miura and it's correct G type box.

Above: A hard to find Bulgarian issue Miura in green produced c1985 is pictured here with the wrong box (c1969!). These were not made in the UK so are not included in this guide.


Above: The Japanese issue J/38 Miura was also marketed as the J/1 and packed in an all black Japanese issue box.

Above: The Japanese issue J/1 Miura packed in an all black Japanese issue box.

Above: On the left is the 'Zingomatic', A USA blister pack which was marketed as the 'Brroomstick' here in the UK.

Above: The "Sooper Dooper Hooper Looper", Shown here still in it's Canadian packaging. Contained one Miura and a double loop of track.

code
number
body
colour
baseplate
# & colour
wheel
type
interior
colour
tow
slot
wheel
arches
code 11
yellow
33 unpainted
11x2mm 5 slot
red
yes
small
code 12
yellow
33 unpainted
11x2mm 5 slot
ivory
yes
small
code 13
yellow
33 unpainted
11x2mm 5 slot
red
no
small
code 14
yellow
33 unpainted
11x2mm 5 slot
ivory
no
small
code 15
dark bronze
33 unpainted
11x2mm 5 slot
red
no
small
code 16
light bronze
33 unpainted
11x2mm 5 slot
red
no
small
code 17
dark gold
33 unpainted
11x2mm 5 slot
red
yes
small
code 18
dark gold
33 unpainted
11x2mm 5 slot
red
no
small
code 19
dark gold
33 unpainted
11x2mm 5 slot
ivory
no
small
code 20
light lime-gold
33 unpainted
11x2mm 5 slot
ivory
no
small
code 21
light lime-gold
33 unpainted
10x4mm 5 slot
ivory
no
small
code 22
light lime-gold
33 dark red
10x4mm 5 slot
ivory
no
small
code 23
light lime-gold
33 dark flourescent red
10x4mm 5 slot
ivory
no
enlarged
code 24
light lime-gold
33 light flourescent red
10x4mm 5 slot
ivory
no
enlarged
code 25
light lime-gold
33 pink
10x4mm 5 slot
ivory
no
enlarged
code 26
light lime-gold
33, J1/J38 unpainted
10x4mm 5 slot
ivory
no
enlarged
code 27
light lime-gold
J1/J38 unpainted
10x4mm 5 square
ivory
no
enlarged
code 28
light lime-gold
MP-1 black
10x4mm 5 slot
ivory
no
enlarged
code 29
light lime-gold
MP-1 black
9.5x4mm dot-dash
ivory
no
enlarged

Values based on Vectis actual selling prices.
yellow with red interior - £160-£180
yellow with ivory interior - £400-£500 (estimated)
metallic gold with red interior - £60-£80
metallic gold with ivory interior - £25-£35
metallic dark bronze with red interior - £150-£170
metallic light bronze with red interior - £30-£40
metallic light lime-gold £25-£35
metallic light lime-gold, J-1 box - £30-£40
metallic light lime-gold, J-38 box - £50-£60