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 MB34-d Formula 1 Racing Car



The #34d Formula 1 Racer was one of many new generic castings for 1971, this one based upon the then current Formula 1 racing body styles with fins and spoilers that some collectors regard as Ferrari styling. It was added to the 1-75 series specifically to supercede the #19 Lotus and to directly replace the #34c VW which was the last surviving of the regular wheels models with the traditional solid black plastic wheels. It was packaged in a G box or any blisterpack with copyright dates between 1970 and 1974 as well as Giftsets and Games.

The racer was initially painted with pink clearcoat over silver primer, fitted with standard 12.5x4mm 4 slot truck tyres front (short run used spiral wheels from #19 Lotus) and rear, clear windshield, white driver and race “16“ with one short run featuring special promotional “Wynns“ stickers of this era.
This casting was recoloured to bright enamel yellow in 1972, but is otherwise unchanged. Plans were afoot by 1973 for this casting to be included in Giftsets & Games in pairs, so an enamel orange version (same shade as #23 VW Camper) appeared alongside the yellow issues in these sets.

On the real life race tracks cars were getting wider so the #34d was updated with higher fatter tyres that were created for the #24d Team Matchbox racer which joined the range in 1973. The #34d alongside the #24d restored the balance to the 1-75 series which traditionally featured two F1 designs until the #52 BRM was deleted in 1969.
From 1973 onwards Maltese cross patterned front wheels along with even larger and wider 5 slots rear wheels became standard. Short run examples of the very common yellow issue were made with Maltese cross wheels fitted all round as well as the largest 5 slots fitted all round although the orange cars discovered so far keep the larger 5 slot wheels on the rear with Maltese cross tyres on the front once the original 4 slot truck tyres were obsolete. These wider wheels #34d in both yellow and orange switched from yellow race #16 stickers to blue race #16 stickers for the last 2 years of UK production.

In its final year of production both the yellow and orange #34 F1 racers gained amber tinted windscreens and a special gift set only metallic blue issue (to replace yellow) which always had the Maltese cross wheels on the front and largest 5 slots on the rear. The blue #34d issues were all race #15 and the very last ones made feature a horizontal strengthening brace along the rear quarter body. Many Giftsets from 1974-75 typically featured an orange and a blue #34d alongside a red and a green #24d.
Roly Toys of Brazil purchased #34d components and labels which were painted in various colours before final assembley in Brazil which included both the 12.5x4mm wheels and the later fatter #24d wheels.


Above: Two models of the Formula 1 in metallic pink, the one on the left has the early 12.5x4mm 4 slot wheels, the other has spiro wheels.

Above: Another in metallic pink with the usual racing number 16 on a yellow stripe but this one has additional 'Wynns' labels.


Above: Metallic blue with racing number 15 on a yellow stripe, This model has the 12.5x4mm maltese cross wheels up front and 14.5x7mm 5 slots at the rear.

Above: This orange version has an amber tinted windscreen and a racing number 16 on a blue stripe label.

Above: And finally the yellow version which is probably the most common.

Above: Showing the earlier body without a side molding and a later body with the side molding cast in. There is some evidence that a similar molding was cast into the rear of the front wings, however, this could be explained by there being some variation in the die sets.

Above: An Amercan 'Zingomatic' (UK 'Brroomstick') and a blister card.

Above: The G-4 giftset was released in 1973, It contained one each of the orange and metallic blue 34d's and two 24d Team Matchbox racers in green and red.

code
number
colour
base
wimdows
wheels
front rear
labels
rear body
extension
side
moulding
code 1
met pink
unpainted
clear
12.5X4mm 4 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
16 yellow
yes
no
code 2
met pink
unpainted
clear
12.5X4mm 4 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
16 yellow
no
no
code 3
met pink
unpainted
clear
12.5X4mm 4 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
16 blue
no
no
code 4
met pink
unpainted
clear
12.5X4mm 4 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
16 yellow, Wynns
no
no
code 5
met pink
unpainted
clear
12.5X4mm spiro, 12.5x4mm spiro
16 yellow
no
no
code 6
met blue
unpainted
clear
12.5X4mm 4 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
15 yellow (G-4)
no
no
code 7
met blue
unpainted
clear
12.5X4mm 4 slot, 14.5x7mm 5 slot
15 yellow (G-4)
no
no
code 8
met blue
unpainted
amber
12.5X4mm 4 slot, 14.5x7mm 5 slot
16 blue (G-4)
no
no
code 9
met blue
unpainted
clear
12.5X6mm malt cr, 14.5x7mm 5 slot
15 yellow (G-4)
no
no
code 10
met blue
unpainted
amber
12.5X6mm malt cr, 14.5x7mm 5 slot
15 yellow (G-4)
no
no
code 11
met blue
unpainted
clear
12.5X6mm malt cr, 14.5x7mm 5 slot
15 yellow (G-4)
no
yes
code 12
met blue
unpainted
amber
12.5X6mm malt cr, 14.5x7mm 5 slot
15 yellow (G-4)
no
yes
code 13
orange
unpainted
clear
12.5X4mm 4 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
16 blue (G-4)
no
no
code 14
orange
unpainted
clear
12.5X4mm 4 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
16 yellow (G-4)
no
no
code 15
orange
unpainted
clear
12.5X4mm 4 slot, 14.5x7mm 4 slot
16 blue (G-4)
no
yes
code 16
orange
unpainted
clear
12.5X6mm malt cr, 14.5x7mm 5 slot
16 blue (G-4)
no
no
code 17
orange
unpainted
amber
12.5X6mm malt cr, 14.5x7mm 5 slot
16 blue (G-4)
no
no
code 18
orange
unpainted
clear
12.5X6mm malt cr, 14.5x7mm 5 slot
16 yellow (G-4)
no
no
code 19
orange
unpainted
clear
12.5X6mm malt cr, 14.5x7mm 5 slot
16 blue (G-4)
no
yes
code 20
orange
unpainted
amber
12.5X6mm malt cr, 14.5x7mm 5 slot
16 blue (G-4)
no
yes
code 21
orange
unpainted
amber
12.5X6mm malt cr, 14.5x7mm 5 slot
16 blue (G-4)
no
yes
code 22
orange-yellow
unpainted
clear
12.5X4mm 4 slot, 14.5x7mm 5 slot
16 blue (G-4)
no
yes
code 23
yellow
unpainted
clear
12.5X4mm 4 slot, 12.5X4mm 4 slot
16 blue
no
no
code 24
yellow
unpainted
clear
12.5X4mm 4 slot, 12.5X4mm 4 slot
16 yellow
no
yes
code 25
yellow
unpainted
clear
12.5X4mm 4 slot, 14.5x7mm 5 slot
16 blue
no
yes
code 26
yellow
unpainted
clear
12.5X4mm 4 slot, 12x6 malt cr
16 blue
no
yes
code 27
yellow
unpainted
clear
14.5x7mm 5 slot, 14.5x7mm 5 slot
16 blue
no
yes
code 28
yellow
unpainted
clear
14.5x7mm 5 slot, 14.5x7mm 5 slot
16 blue
no
no
code 29
yellow
unpainted
amber
14.5x7mm 5 slot, 14.5x7mm 5 slot
16 blue
no
no
code 30
yellow
unpainted
clear
12x6 malt cr, 14.5x7mm 5 slot
16 blue
no
no
code 31
yellow
unpainted
amber
12x6 malt cr, 14.5x7mm 5 slot
16 blue
no
no
code 32
yellow
silver-grey
clear
12x6 malt cr, 14.5x7mm 5 slot
16 blue
no
no
code 33
yellow
unpainted
clear
12x6 malt cr, 14.5x7mm 5 slot
16 yellow
no
no
code 34
yellow
unpainted
clear
12x6 malt cr, 14.5x7mm 5 slot
16 yellow
no
yes
code 35
yellow
unpainted
clear
12x6 malt cr, 14.5x7mm 5 slot
15 yellow
no
yes
code 36
yellow
unpainted
amber
12x6 malt cr, 14.5x7mm 5 slot
15 yellow
no
yes
code 37
yellow
unpainted
clear
12x6 malt cr, 14.5x7mm 5 slot
16 blue
no
yes
code 38
yellow
unpainted
amber
12x6 malt cr, 14.5x7mm 5 slot
16 yellow
no
no
code 39
yellow
unpainted
amber
12x6 malt cr, 14.5x7mm 5 slot
16 blue
no
yes

Values based on Vectis actual selling prices.
metallic pink - £15-£25
metallic pink, Wynns label - £50-£60
metallic blue - £70-£80
orange - £25-£35
orange-yellow - £15-£25
yellow - £15-£25
amber windows are uncommon but do not carry a premium