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 43-c Pony Trailer



The #43-c Pony Trailer was converted to SuperFast wheels during 1970 for a one year stay in the 1-75 series. It was only packed in ´G´ boxes or USA or Canada blisterpacks with copyright dates between 1969 and 1971.
It kept its 1969 regular wheels glazing, gray door, Muira yellow body and British racing green chassis, with only the chassis being altered to accept a specially designed extra wide `SUPERFAST´ axle clip which was retained by two tiny rivits. The words ´PONY TRAILER´ and ´No 43´ were also repositioned when comparing Regular Wheels to SuperFast baseplates.
Wheels fitted were the same 9.5 x2mm thin 5 slots already specified for the #25 Cortina GT, and could be solid or hollow or a mixture of both types.
The only significant variation of the yellow bodied SF43 was one run made with standard BP green painted baseplates.

In 1976 the tooling was refreshed for use in the new Two Pack as TP3. All new TP3 production featured revised bodies made from the original mould but with raised extra vertical beading lines between each window and blanked out area where ´No. 43´ had been removed.
TP3 bodies were initially painted dark orange with black baseplates, clear windows and dark brown plastic ramps and the same white horses, with the addition of a red and white horse head sticker each side which can face backwards or forwards.
All TP3 issues featured hollow 9.5x2mm wheels which looked very much like the previous 5 slot design save for the much enlarged centre hole for the larger axle hub requiring the inner edges of the slots to be deleted making these open 5 slot wheels.

The TP3 Pony Trailer body was recoloured beige in the final Lesney years and the baseplate on these could be gloss or matt black or even silver.
It remained in production until all UK production shut down, being included in new TP111 and TP114 in the same colours but with a red tampo´d ´Silver Shoes´ logo and either a glossy black or plated metal baseplate.
Outside the scope of this site, this tooling was shipped to China and remained in the range as Matchbox International #743 into 1994 and has been used as recently as 2005 in some annual multipacks in a rainbow of colours.


Above: Showing the body colours and some of the baseplate colours, All Pony trailers were either packed in a 'G' type box or were on blister cards.

Above: The first release was in the same yellow body, dark green base, grey tailgate as the regular wheeled model.

Above: The first colour change was to the base which was now painted in a much brighter mid green.

Above: The body colour was changed to orange and the base was recoloured to either charcoal or gloss black.
photo courtesy Christian Falkensteiner.


Above: As the Pony Trailer would have come in its 900 series TP-3 blister pack.

Above: The next recolour was to beige, It could come with a variety of base colours and it could have either 'horse head', 'Silver Shoes' tampo or no decoration.

Above: The beige pony trailer with Silver Shoes tampo.

Above: Just some of the different tailgate colours.

Above: top-the thin and below-thick mudguard / fender castings.
photo courtesy Christian Falkensteiner.

Above: top-thick rear bumper. below-thin rear bumper.
photo courtesy Christian Falkensteiner.

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Above: A pre production / colour trial model in yellow with a yellow base and 5 slot wheels.
photo courtesy Jason (Nearlymint) from the forum (yet again!!!)

Above: A pre production / colour trial model in blue with a black base and a white plastic wheel clip.

code
number
body
colour
base
colour
wheels
window
colour
tailgate
colour
mudguards
/ fenders
rear
bumper
decals
/ labels
code 14
yellow
dark green
9.5x2mm 5 slot
clear
grey
thin
thin
none
code 15
yellow
green
9.5x2mm 5 slot
clear
grey
thin
thin
none
code 16
orange
gloss black
9.5x2mm cut out
clear
brown
thin
thin
horse head (TP-3)
code 17
orange
gloss black
9.5x2mm cut out
clear
brown
thin
thick
horse head (TP-3)
code 18
orange
gloss black
9.5x2mm cut out
clear
brown
thick
thick
horse head (TP-3)
code 19
orange
charcoal
9.5x2mm cut out
clear
brown
thick
thick
horse head (TP-3)
code 20
orange
gloss black
9.5x2mm cut out
clear
brown
thick
thick
none (TP-3)
code 21
beige
gloss black
9.5x2mm cut out
clear
brown
thick
thick
horse head (TP-3)
code 22
beige
flat black
9.5x2mm cut out
clear
brown
thick
thick
horse head (TP-3)
code 23
beige
matt black
9.5x2mm cut out
clear
brown
thick
thick
horse head (TP-3)
code 24
beige
charcoal
9.5x2mm cut out
clear
brown
thick
thick
horse head (TP-3)
code 25
beige
flat black
9.5x2mm cut out
clear
dark brown
thick
thick
horse head (TP-3)
code 26
beige
matt black
9.5x2mm cut out
clear
dark brown
thick
thick
horse head (TP-3)
code 27
beige
silver grey
9x3mm dot dash
clear
lime
thick
thick
none (TP-3,TP-111)
code 28
beige
flat black
9.5x2mm cut out
clear
dark brown
thick
thick
none (TP-3)
code 29
beige
flat black
9.5x2mm cut out
smoke
dark brown
thick
thick
horse head (TP-3)
code 30
beige
unpainted
9x3mm dot dash
clear
lime
thick
thick
none (TP-111)
code 31
beige
gloss black
9x3mm dot dash
clear
brown
thick
thick
horse head (TP-111)
code 32
beige
gloss black
9x3mm dot dash
clear
brown
thick
thick
silver shoes (TP-111,TP-114)
code 33
beige
unpainted
9x3mm dot dash
clear
lime
thick
thick
silver shoes (TP-114)
code 34
beige
gloss black
9x3mm dot dash
clear
lime
thick
thick
silver shoes (TP-114)
code 35
beige
gloss black
9x3mm dot dash
clear
white
thick
thick
silver shoes (TP-114)
code 36
beige
gloss black
9.5x2mm cut out
clear
brown
thick
thick
none (TP-111)

Values based on Vectis actual selling prices.
yellow, dark green base - £15-£25
yellow, light green base - £25-£35
orange, all - £15-£25
beige, all - £15-£20