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Matchbox Superfast MB45-c Ford Group 6



The Ford F3L Group 6 was the Ford design that attempted but failed to replace the GT40 with an all conquering race winner. However when Lesney tooled the #45 in 1969 this car still had the chance to make as big a mark on racing history as the huge selling #41 Ford GT40.

Pre-production #45 Fords appear in the earliest SuperFast promotional pictures painted both white unlabelled and emerald green race #7 and this casting looked very right from the start for tracksets. Some of these pre-productions were fitted with the first SuperFast wheels, 11 x 2mm solid 5 slots although the majority and all subsequent production of #45 Group 6s had 11.5 x 4mm 5 slots except for the final 1975 run which had newer 11.5 x 5mm wide wheels with 5 small slots. Most emerald green Ford Group 6s known in collections today have been found in Germany which evidences more than penny numbers were produced as some clearly were boxed and sold in shops.

During its relatively long and successful 6 year production run as #45, the Ford Group 6 was packaged in 'F', 'G' and 'I' boxes as well as all blisterpacks with copyright dates between 1969 and 1975 including the 'Broom Stick' and G3 giftset.

Lesney selected emerald green clearcoat over gold primer for the first few years in the 1-75 series.This shade can vary considerably with the thickness of the clearcoat, with double coat being darkest and lighter being a single rather thin covering with the primer shadow showing through. Cars packaged in F boxes can be found with rare plated unpainted baseplates before black became standard for the vast majority of this body colour made.Just before the end of the final emerald production run Lesney began painting baseplates using obsolete regular wheels paint (23d caravan pink or 38b Victor yellow) and mixed leftovers (dark gray).These 3 shades or standard black appeared on all lime issues. Final recolour metallic burgundy toys came with black, 56b Fiat green or plated bare metal baseplates.

Smaller round race #7 stickers seen on pre-pros were initially fitted to the noses of the first run, although this label was re-ordered on a rectangular background for ease of fitting without appearing lopsided for a much larger quanitity.Once the rectangular race #7 stickers were used up all future orders for the remaining 5 years of production were rectangular race #45 which made it very obvious which casting these stickers were designed for! G3 gifset stickers can be found on emerald clearcoat or lime cars with varying arrangements and degrees of completeness.

All production of Ford Group 6s featured the same chrome plated plastic engine except for a small proportion of lime or burgundy cars with unplated gray plastic engines. Ivory seats were standard until that colour plastic was replaced across the 1-75 series with vanilla or white seats, both shades appearing on all burgundy issues. Glazing was clear untinted on almost all emerald clearcoat cars although a tiny handful are known fitted with the amber glazing intended for all of the lime clearcoat over gold primer which became the standard body colour by 1972. The earliest now very scarce metallic lime cars were a darker shade and can be found with clear untinted glazing. As with all Lesney tinted windows, the degree of amber tint can vary considerably.

The final recolour for the 1-75 series was to metallic burgundy, although at least one often overlooked short run which is not particularly easy to find today was painted in the #39 Clipper shade of metallic magenta.Small quantities of both the burgundy and the magenta 45c have been found with the ´eyes´ sticker designed for the #31d Volksdragon.
One unlisted casting variation can be found on the last issues where the 'pat app' was removed from the base description, This casting variation has not been included in the variation table until we have the full details.

For most of its run in the 1-75 series, all components of this toy were shipped to Brazil for painting and assembley by Roly Toys in colours of their own choice with both clear and amber glazing and both race #7 and race #45 stickers.
This tooling was revived in the 1980s for the Super GT series with opaque black plastic glazing and baseplates, the English made examples being red (BR20) or white (BR19) with the tooling going to China for life after Lesney.......


Above: A line up of Ford Group 6's showing most of the main colour variations and box types.

Above: The dark green gloss painted Ford was the earliest release and it is very hard to find. Note also the early 'F' type box and the round racing number '7'.

Above: The dark metallic (emerald) green Ford could have round or square number '7' labels,
This one also has 'Burmah' labels so it may have originated in the G-3 giftset.

Above: Probably the most common is the metallic green version,
It can have round or square '7' labels or square 45 labels like the one shown here.

Above: The metallic lime Ford always had square '45' labels.

Above: As did the dark metallic lime version.

Above: Two metallic burgundy Fords, one has the common '45' labels
and the other has 'eyes' labels borrowed from the 31-d Volksdragon.

Above left: The metallic burgundy, right a metallic magenta.
photo courtesy Christian Falkensteiner

Above: A normal baseplate at the top and below,
an unlisted variation without 'Pat App' cast in.
photo courtesy Tom Larsen

Above: The Ford was packaged in various blister cards including
the "Zingomatic" (Brroomstick), But unlike the Porsche or Marzal
Brroomstick issues it was not recoloured.

Above: The G-3 "Racing Specials Superset" was released in 1970,
It is probably the most desirable of all of the superfast giftsets.

Above: The Ford Group 6 was also issued as part of the 1973
release of the G-2 "Big Mover" Transporter set.

Above left: The hand made wooden buck which was used as a pattern to make the dies.
Above right: A white pre production model with thin 11x2mm wheels.

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Above: A pre production model in green gloss with narrow wheels
photo courtesy Hugh Stiles (Idris on the forum)

Above left: A pre production / colour trial with very unusual smooth centered wheels without chrome plate.
Above right, another pre pro / colour trial with normal wheels without chrome plated centers.

Above: The Ford Group 6 was also released in Lesneys
'Super GTs' range which is not covered by this site.
photo courtesy Mick Bruce

code
number
body
colour
base
colour
interior
colour
window
colour
wheels
engine
colour
bonnet
labels
side
labels
code 1
dark green gloss
unpainted
ivory
clear
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
round '7'
none
code 2
metallic green
unpainted
ivory
clear
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
round '7'
none
code 3
dark metallic green
black gloss
ivory
clear
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
round '7'
none
code 4
metallic green
black gloss
ivory
clear
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
round '7'
none
code 5
metallic green
black gloss
ivory
clear
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
round '7'
Burmah (G-3)
code 6
metallic green
black gloss
ivory
clear
11.5x5mm 5 sp sq
chromed plastic
square '7'
none
code 7
metallic green
black gloss
ivory
clear
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
square '7'
none
code 8
dark metallic green
black gloss
ivory
clear
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
square '7'
none
code 9
metallic green
unpainted
ivory
clear
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
square '7'
Burmah (G-3)
code 10
metallic green
black gloss
ivory
clear
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
square '7'
Burmah (G-3)
code 11
metallic green
pink
ivory
clear
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
Burmah (G-3)
code 12
metallic green
black gloss
ivory
clear
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
Burmah (G-3)
code 13
metallic green
yellow
ivory
clear
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
Burmah (G-3)
code 14
metallic green
charcoal
ivory
clear
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
Burmah (G-3)
code 15
metallic green
black gloss
ivory
clear
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
none
code 16
metallic green
charcoal
ivory
clear
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
none
code 17
metallic green
charcoal
ivory
amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
none
code 18
metallic green
yellow
ivory
clear
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
none
code 19
metallic green
pink
ivory
clear
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
none
code 20
metallic green
pink
ivory
amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
none
code 21
dark metallic lime
black gloss
ivory
clear
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
none
code 22
metallic lime
black gloss
ivory
amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
none
code 23
metallic lime
charcoal
ivory
amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
none
code 24
metallic lime
charcoal
ivory
clear
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
none
code 25
metallic lime
charcoal
ivory
clear
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
Burmah (G-3)
code 26
metallic lime
grey
ivory
amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
none
code 27
metallic lime
light grey
ivory
amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
none
code 28
metallic lime
pink
ivory
amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
none
code 29
metallic lime
yellow
ivory
amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
none
code 30
metallic lime
grey
ivory
amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
Burmah (G-3)
code 31
metallic lime
pink
ivory
amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
Burmah (G-3)
code 32
metallic lime
black gloss
ivory
light amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
none
code 33
metallic lime
black gloss
ivory
light amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
grey plastic
'45'
none
code 34
metallic lime
black gloss
ivory
amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
grey plastic
'45'
none
code 35
metallic lime
charcoal
ivory
amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
grey plastic
'45'
none
code 36
metallic lime
grey
ivory
amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
grey plastic
'45'
none
code 37
metallic burgundy
grey
ivory
light amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
none
code 38
metallic burgundy
grey
ivory
amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
none
code 39
metallic burgundy
black gloss
ivory
light amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
grey plastic
'45'
none
code 40
metallic burgundy
black gloss
ivory
amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
grey plastic
'45'
none
code 41
metallic burgundy
black gloss
ivory
light amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
none
code 42
metallic burgundy
black gloss
ivory
very light amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
none
code 43
metallic burgundy
black gloss
ivory
amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
none
code 44
metallic burgundy
green
ivory
light amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
none
code 45
metallic burgundy
black gloss
ivory
light amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
eyes (31-d)
none
code 46
metallic burgundy
green
ivory
light amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
eyes (31-d)
none
code 47
metallic burgundy
black gloss
white
light amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
eyes (31-d)
none
code 48
metallic burgundy
green
white
light amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
eyes (31-d)
none
code 49
metallic burgundy
green
white
light amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
none
code 50
metallic burgundy
green
white
light amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
none
code 51
metallic magenta
black gloss
ivory
light amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
eyes (31-d)
none
code 52
metallic magenta
black gloss
ivory
light amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
none
code 53
metallic magenta
green
ivory
light amber
11.5x4mm 5 slots
chromed plastic
'45'
none
code 54
metallic burgundy
black gloss
ivory
light amber
11.5x5mm 5 sp sq
chromed plastic
'45'
none (MP-1)

Values based on Vectis actual selling prices.
green gloss, clear glass - £900-£1100
dark metallic green, clear glass - £25-£35
metallic green, amber glass - £120-£140
metallic green' clear glass - £25-£35
dark metallic lime - £40-£50 (estimate)
metallic lime - £15-£25
metallic burgundy - £15-£25
metallic magenta - £15-£25
with 'Eyes' or 'Burmah' labels - add £15-£25

- £