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 MB38-c Honda Motorcycle & Trailer



The #38 Honda motorcycle and trailer joined the SuperFast series in 1970 although the motorcycle retained its original diecast wire spoked wheels. The underside of the trailer was altered to accept a standard ´SuperFast´ black plastic axle clip to retain the 9.5x2mm 5 slot wheels.
The regular wheels colours of Muira yellow trailer with ´Honda´ labels and light metallic blue on the bike were retained for the first SuperFast run although examples have been found fitted with the earlier 'Honda' decals left over from the RW era. The motorcycle was then recoloured to dark metallic pink for one run, a shade one tone darker than that used for the #75 Alfa Carabou and #34 F1 racer.
This was followed by runs of motorcycles in bright nursery pink enamel and a further runs in the same deep pink used on the #70 Dodge Charger Funny car to the deletion of this casting as #38 in 1972.
It was only packaged in ´G´ boxes or blisterpacks with copyright dates between 1969 and 1972.

This tooling was revived in 1977 and continued until 1982 for new TP-8, with the trailer gaining 2 rivits to permenantly retain the axle enlarged black plastic axle clip and its 9.5x2mm open 5 slots which looked very much like the previous wheel design except for the removal of the inner chromed circle around the axle that had closed the slots.
The base number was removed and '838' was cast into the underside of the tool box which can be found in two distinct sizes of lettering, Initially for the first few years,dull orange was applied to all trailers before a return to the original Muira yellow for the trailers, many of which had the same ´Honda´ stickers although large quantities also left the factory without stickers.
The motorcycles for all TP-8 were dark metallic green, fitted with the original style wheels and stand.
Due to wear on some segments of the tool, the casting number on the base tab wore down and the 2 holes between the forks and the chain were filled in on some of the bike moulds numbered from 1,2,3 & 4.


Above: The Honda's make for a very colourful display

Above: The first release was in the regular wheel colours of metallic blue green motorcycle and light yellow gloss trailer. The trailer was fitted with 9.5x2mm 5 slot wheels which can be either solid or hollow and the black axle clips on the trailer can be either long or short

Above: The first change of colour was to the motorcycle which was painted in a dark pink gloss, the trailer was not altered

Above: The motorcycle was also recoloured to a bright 'nursery' pink gloss

Above: The last recolour as the number 38 Honda motorcycle was to metallic purple before the tools went into storage for 5 years,


Above: For the 1977 release of the TP-8 the motorcycle was recoloured to metallic green and the trailer to orange, the trailer had wheels with cut out centers and the axle clips were deleted, Being a twin pack issue it would not have been sold in the box shown because it was originally packaged on a blister card

Above: The metallic green (TP) bike can also be found with a dull yellow trailer with cut out wheel centers

Above: The orange trailer TP-8 has also be found fitted with 'Superbike' labels from the number 60-d Holden pick up

Above: The TP-8 Field Car & Honda Motor Cycle blister

Above: Showing the (top) small and large trailer blocks

Above: Showing the open and closed chain and the open and closed forks

Above: An early pre production or colour trial

code
number
motorcycle
colour
trailer
colour
trailer
blocks
trailer
wheels
axle
clips
cycle
forks
cycle
chain
decals
labels
code 33
met blue-green
light yellow
small or large
9.5x2mm 5 slot
long or short black
open
open
honda labels
code 34
met blue-green
light yellow
small or large
9.5x2mm 5 slot
long or short black
open
open
honda decals
code 35
light pink
light yellow
small or large
9.5x2mm 5 slot
long or short black
open
open
honda labels
code 36
dark pink
light yellow
small or large
9.5x2mm 5 slot
long or short black
open
open
honda labels
code 37
met purple
light yellow
small or large
9.5x2mm 5 slot
long or short black
open
open
honda labels
code 38
met green
orange
large
9x2mm cut out
rivetted
open
open
none (tp-8)
code 39
met green
orange
large
9x2mm cut out
rivetted
open
closed
none (tp-8)
code 40
met green
orange
large
9x2mm cut out
rivetted
closed
open
none (tp-8)
code 41
met green
orange
large
9x2mm cut out
rivetted
closed
closed
none (tp-8)
code 42
met green
orange
large
9x2mm cut out
rivetted
open
open
honda labels (tp-8)
code 43
met green
orange
large
9x2mm cut out
rivetted
open
closed
honda labels (tp-8)
code 44
met green
orange
large
9x2mm cut out
rivetted
closed
open
honda labels (tp-8)
code 45
met green
orange
large
9x2mm cut out
rivetted
closed
closed
honda labels (tp-8)
code 46
met green
dull yellow
large
9x2mm cut out
rivetted
closed
closed
none (tp-8)
code 47
met green
dull yellow
large
9x2mm cut out
rivetted
closed
closed
honda labels (tp-8)
code 48
met green
orange
large
9x2mm cut out
rivetted
closed
closed
superbike labels (tp-8)

Values based on Vectis actual selling prices.
met blue green motorcycle, bright yellow trailer - £30-£40
dark pink motorcycle, bright yellow trailer - £30-£40
nursery pink motorcycle, bright yellow trailer - £40-£50
metallic purple motorcycle, bright yellow trailer - £30-£40
metallic green motorcycle, orange trailer - £20-£30
metallic green motorcycle, orange trailer 'superbike' labels - £150-£200 (estimate)
metallic green motorcycle, dull yellow trailer - £20-£30
Currently I don't have a value for the early decalled model but it
should be noted that they are very easy to fake. buyer beware