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 MB49-b Mercedes Unimog



The #49 Mercedes Unimog joined the SuperFast range well into 1970 initially retaining its regular wheels colours of light blue with a deep red baseplate and green glazing.It was packaged in a G box or any blisterpack with a copyright date between 1969 and 1972.

The earliest production was fitted with the same large spiro pattern balloon tyres that were created for the 28d Mack Dumper and these wheels were also used for the SuperFast re-colour which was light metallic blue body with a dark red chassis and green glazing.
The baseplate tool had been modified to accept a pair of standard axle clips to retain both wheel sets, usually black plastic but many of the balloon tyre issues featured the much less common dark red plastic axle clips.

Silver grille trim was sprayed onto a large proportion of the balloon wheels issues in both light and metallic light blue however no silver trim was applied to the vast majority of Superfast Unimog production which featured standard large spiro wheels with the squared profile as created for the 1971 SuperKings cars.
The use of light metallic blue for the Unimog body didnt last long with the regular wheels shade of blue being re-instated in 1971 matched with the dark red chassis and green glazing.However this blue can vary slightly in shade, sometimes appearing to be just a tone closer to green.

After almost 6 years in storage this tooling was revived for inclusion in Two Pack TP-13 for 1978 & 1979 in common satin olive army green with green glazing and large dot-dash plain black 10 slot wheels.
A plastic base strip was designed to be rivited in place using the original body rivits to retain the axle sets in place of the previous removable axle clips.
The chassis tool was further modified to create a storage locker where previously the spare tyre had been retained.These were finished off with either a white US army or a blue & red British army A sticker on the bonnet and a tan coloured plastic ammunition case for its loadbed.

Colour trials exist showing this 1978 version of the casting in bright colours with hotfoiled hubs however no civilian versions were ever issued and this tooling was not used for any production assembled outside the UK.


Above: There's little difference between the three gloss blues used on this model, On the right is the regular wheel light blue, greenish blue in the middle and bright blue on the left.

Above: The light blue Unimog was the same colour as the regular wheeled model,
It can be found both with and without silver trim to the grille. This one has 'balloon'
type wheels with a very rounded profile but the squarer'spiro' wheels were also used.

Above: Like the light blue version the metallic light blue Unimog can be found with
balloon or spiro wheels and be with or without silver trim to the grille.


Above: The Deep blue Unimog can be found with balloon or spiro
wheels but not silver trim. This one has the squarer 'spiro' type wheels.

Above: The greenish blue Unimog is not known to have had silver trim or balloon wheels.

Above: Showing the tp-13 military Unimog's three different bonnet labels, Note also the
dot-dash pattern wheels whith black centers. The tp-13 Unimog also had a modified
baseplate to retain the axles instead of axle clips.

Above: The two tp-13's, The Unimog with the Field Gun also came with a light brown plastic ammunition box load.

Above: The Unimog was part of the 1970 G-4 "Truck Superset".

Above: It was also released in the USA this Bronner carry case pack

Above: A pre production / colour trial, This one is also unusual
in that it does not have a spare tyre slung underneath.

Note.
All Unimogs have green tinted plastic windows.
Blue & red Unimogs have numbered baseplates and can have red or black axle clips.
Olive green Unimogs do not have numbered baseplates and do not have axle clips.

code
number
body
colour
baseplate
colour
wheels
silver
trim
axle
covers
labels
code 7
light blue
dark red
14x4.5mm spiro balloon, chrome
no
red or black
none
code 8
light blue
dark red
14x4.5mm spiro balloon, chrome
yes
red or black
none
code 9
light blue
dark red
14x4.5mm spiro, chrome
no
red or black
none
code 10
light blue
dark red
14x4.5mm spiro, chrome
yes
red or black
none
code 11
metallic blue
dark red
14x4.5mm spiro balloon, chrome
no
red or black
none
code 12
metallic blue
dark red
14x4.5mm spiro balloon, chrome
yes
red or black
none
code 13
metallic blue
dark red
14x4.5mm spiro, chrome
no
red or black
none
code 14
deep blue
dark red
14x4.5mm spiro balloon, chrome
yes
red or black
none
code 15
deep blue
dark red
14x4.5mm spiro, chrome
yes
red or black
none
code 16
deep blue
dark red
14x4.5mm spiro, chrome
no
red or black
none
code 17
greenish blue
dark red
14x4.5mm spiro, chrome
yes
red or black
none
code 18
greenish blue
dark red
14x4.5mm spiro, chrome
no
red or black
none
code 19
olive green
olive green
14x4.5mm dot-dash, black
no
none
star (tp-12)
code 20
olive green
olive green
14x4.5mm dot-dash, black
no
none
star (tp-12 with shell box)
code 21
olive green
olive green
14x4.5mm dot-dash, black
no
none
white A (tp-12 with shell box)
code 22
olive green
olive green
14x4.5mm dot-dash, black
no
none
black A (tp-12 with shell box)

Values based on Vectis actual selling prices.
light blue gloss - 25 -30
metallic light blue - 20-25
greenish blue gloss - 20-25
deep blue gloss - 20-25
olive green - 30-40