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 MB48-c Dodge dumper truck



The 48c Dodge dumper truck was converted to SuperFast wheels late in 1970 and can be found packaged in G boxes or very desirable scarce I boxes as well as all blisterpacks with copyright dates between 1969 and 1972.
The chassis cab was painted turquoise enamel with a Muira yellow tipper and green glazing with a chromed plastic baseplate.
The first run was fitted with 11x2mm thin solid or hollow 5 slot SuperFast wheels with subsequent runs featuring 12.5x2mm or 12.5x4mm 4 slot Superfast truck wheels.
It's very short stay in the Superfast range is reflected in it's relative scarcity today when compared to the very common regular wheeled model.
Oddly most of the Superfast Dodges found at toyfairs nowadays are usually in very good shape which maybe tells us that these Dodges were not very popular in their day so they did not get played with much.
Possibly the reason for this was because of the hot rods that Lesney had started making looked so much better racing along the superfast tracksets rather than a plain old dump truck no matter how brightly it was painted up.
This tooling was retired in 1972, never to be used again and so far no evidence has come to light that this casting was ever assembled in Brazil.


Above: The first version was fitted with narrow 5 slot wheels, This one is painted bright blue and it is in a G type box.

Above: Later issues had 4 slot truck wheels, this one is painted dull blue, Some guides list this colour as being greeny-blue.


Above: Another bright blue issue pictured with its much harder to find I type box.

Above: It was found inside a blister pack.

Above: And also printed on a blister card.

Above: A colour trial in silver with a black baseplate and non silvered wheel centers.

code
number
cab
colour
tipper
colour
wheels
code 5
dull blue
yellow
11x2mm 5 slot
code 6
bright blue
yellow
11x2mm 5 slot
code 7
dull blue
yellow
12.5x2mm 4 slot
code 8
bright blue
yellow
12.5x2mm 4 slot
code 9
dull blue
yellow
12.5x4mm 4 slot
code 10
bright blue
yellow
12.5x4mm 4 slot
code 11
bright blue
yellow
12.5x4mm 4 slot (F) 12.5x4mm spiro (R)

Values based on Vectis actual selling prices.
bright or dull blue, yellow tipper, F box - 25-35
bright or dull blue, yellow tipper, I box - 70-80