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 36-d Hot Rod Draguar



The Hot Rod Draguar which was an original Lesney design based upon a well proportioned Jaguar E type convertable fitted with a Corvette Mako Shark inspired glass bubble roof joined the Superfast range late in 1970. It was packaged in “G“ boxes and all blisterpack designs with copyright dates between 1970 and 1974.

Initially it was painted with metallic red candy coat over a gold primer and fitted with clear glazing, orange seats and a plated baseplate running on the same 11 x 4mm 5 slots already fitted to the new #45, #52 and #68. It was fitted with a large chrome plated engine of the same design fitted to the Super Kings Hot Rod Chargers & Cougars as well as a black on silver sticker featuring the legend “Draguar“.
This first issue is relatively uncommon compared to the later UK made variations because the seats were very soon recoloured to standard ivory and then the Draguar stickers were not re-ordered once initial supplies had been used up.

The next change was the switch from ivory to vanilla coloured seats that also happened with many but not all other castings previously fitted with ivory seats in 1972. In 1973 the Draguar was recoloured to the same metallic pink clearcoat over silver primer as was already used on the #5 Lotus Europa and the #75 Alfa Carabou.
The final change to this model was to fit amber tinted glazing which can vary in degrees of tint and was fitted to a large proportion of the pink Draguar production.
Error cars have been found fitted with other sizes of 4mm wide wheels but only on 1 axle.

Components for Draguars were exported to Brazil for painting in various colours and assembly by Roly toys during this model“s London production life however no subsequent use of the tooling was made once it was withdrawn in 1974.


Above: The two main colours of the Draguar, metallic red and metallic pink,
A dark metallic pink is also known but I have been unable to find a photograph.

Above: Only the earliest releases were decorated with a silver 'Draguar' label.

Above: Two metallic red Draguars, one with a light orange interior and one
with an ivory interior, The metallic red Draguar could also be found with
a white or light yellow interior but it always had clear windows.


Above: The metallic pink Draguar can be found with white, dark or light yellow interior and clear, light amber, amber or yellow windows.

Above: A north American blister pack and a 'Zingomatic' which was
better known as as the 'Brroomstick' here in the UK.

Above: The G-6 'Drag Race' set was released in 1973,
It came with a metallic pink Draguar.

Above: A colour trial in metallic lime.

code
number
body
colour
interior
colour
window
colour
wheels +
wheelstrip colour
engine
braces
boot/trunk
label
code 1
metallic red
light orange
clear
11x4mm 5 slot, red
no
Draguar
code 2
metallic red
ivory
clear
11x4mm 5 slot, red
no
Draguar
code 3
metallic red
ivory
clear
11x4mm 5 slot, white
no
Draguar
code 4
metallic red
light yellow
clear
11x4mm 5 slot, red
no
Draguar
code 5
metallic red
light yellow
clear
11x4mm 5 slot, red
yes
Draguar
code 6
metallic red
white
clear
11x4mm 5 slot, red
yes
Draguar
code 7
metallic red
light yellow
clear
11x4mm 5 slot, red
yes
none
code 8
metallic red
light yellow
clear
11x4mm 5 slot, black
yes
none
code 9
metallic red
light yellow
clear
11x4mm 5 slot, red
no
none
code 10
metallic red
light orange
clear
11x4mm 5 slot, red
no
none
code 11
metallic red
ivory
clear
11x4mm 5 slot, red
no
none
code 12
metallic pink
light yellow
clear
11x4mm 5 slot, red
yes
Draguar
code 13
metallic pink
light yellow
amber
11x4mm 5 slot, red
yes
Draguar
code 14
metallic pink
white
clear
11x4mm 5 slot, red
yes
none
code 15
metallic pink
light yellow
clear
11x4mm 5 slot, red
yes
none
code 16
metallic pink
light yellow
yellow
11x4mm 5 slot, red
yes
none
code 17
metallic pink
dark yellow
amber
10x4mm 5 slot, red
yes
none
code 18
metallic pink
dark yellow
yellow
11x4mm 5 slot, red
yes
none
code 19
metallic pink
white
amber
11x4mm 5 slot, red
yes
none
code 20
metallic pink
dark yellow
amber
11x4mm 5 slot, red
yes
none
code 21
metallic pink
light yellow
amber
11x4mm 5 slot, red
yes
none
code 22
metallic pink
light yellow
light amber
11x4mm 5 slot, red
yes
none
code 23
dark metallic pink
light yellow
amber
11x4mm 5 slot, red
yes
none

Values based on Vectis actual selling prices.
metallic red - £20-£30
metallic pink - £15-£25
models with chrome Draguar label add £5-£10
models with orange interior add £5-£10