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 MB50-c Ford Kennel Truck



The #50-c Ford F100 kennel truck lost its auto steer regular wheels for sprung suspension SuperFast wheels early enough in 1970 to be packaged in an F box featuring a regular wheels example with black SuperFast script. However the vast majority produced during the following two years were packaged in G boxes or blisterpacks with copyright dates between 1969 and 1972.
The same dark green candycoat was carried over from the regular wheels issues but was applied over a gold primer instead of the silver primer used on the regular wheels issues. At least one example exists with a regular wheels dark green over silver primer body but this could be a pre-pro rather than a transitional. The green candy coat got a shade lighter on subsequent runs and some exist with such thin coats that the gold primer shows through on the high edges.

All issues had the same green tinted cab windows, clear bubble canopy and white dogs mostly combined with chrome plated green plastic grilles although about half of the the recolour to lime green for 1972 featured white plastic grilles.
Most of the dark green kennel trucks were fitted with solid or hollow 11.2x2mm 5 slot tyres but in common with many other thin wheeled castings these wheels were phased out during 1972 and replaced by 10x4mm wide 5 slots without the any changes to the casting. All of the lime recolour bodies were fitted with these wide wheels.

All of the thin wheeled and some wide wheeled Ford kennel trucks had black baseplates but a very large proportion of the wide wheeled examples of both colours had charcoal coloured baseplates, the shade being created from whatever colours were leftover available on the day in question.
Plated baseplates are very hard to find but were fitted to some dark green with chrome grille bodies and lime bodies with white grille examples always with wide 10x4mm wheels suggesting one run of these baseplates used when the final dark green bodies were used up.
Two uncommon variations of the dark green wide wheels bodied Ford featured #45 Corsair pale yellow baseplates or #38 Victor yellow baseplates.

Components for the wide wheeled white grille version were shipped to Brazil to allow these to be painted and assembled locally before the tooling went into to storage with the deletion of this #50.
It was revived a year later with the bodyshell, cab glazing and bubble canopy being given a new Rolamatics baseplate incorporating a cast on grille and rejoined the SuperFast range as the new #57 for a 7 year run.
The master model for this toy was also the basis for the subsequent 1982 bigfoot pickup version.


Above: This may be the little known first variation or it may be a pre pro. It has a white grill and it's painted dark metallic green with silver undercoat as used on the regular wheel model, Let's see if any more of them come to light.

Above: Although being painted the same colour as the rw model the superfast issue used a gold undercoat giving it a much warmer hue. It had 11x2mm wheels and a chromed grille. It was packed in a regular wheels F type box with the word 'autosteer' replaced with 'superfast'.

Above: The model was recoloured to a lighter metallic green, It still had the thin 11x2mm wheels and the regular wheels autosteer F box design.


Above: The metallic green ford was then fitted with wider 10x4mm wheels and packed into a G type box with a superfast model pictured.

Above: The truck was recoloured to lime gloss although shades vary.
These were always fitted with the wider 10x4mm wheels.

Above: The lime Ford was also available with a white grille.
Like the earlier issues it can be found with several different baseplate colours.

Above: A Canadian blister pack.

Above: A prototype model with modifications to the wheel arches, doors and bonnet (hood).

code
number
body
colour
baseplate
colour
wheels
grille
colour
code 9
dark metallic green (rw)
gloss black
11x2mm 5 slot
white
code 10
dark metallic green (sf)
gloss black
11x2mm 5 slot
chrome
code 11
metallic green
gloss black
11x2mm 5 slot
chrome
code 12
metallic green
gloss black
10x4mm 5 slot
chrome
code 13
metallic green
light yellow
10x4mm 5 slot
chrome
code 14
metallic green
dark yellow
10x4mm 5 slot
chrome
code 15
metallic green
grey
10x4mm 5 slot
chrome
code 16
metallic green
charcoal
10x4mm 5 slot
chrome
code 17
metallic green
pale green
10x4mm 5 slot
chrome
code 18
metallic green
plated
10x4mm 5 slot
chrome
code 19
lime
gloss black
10x4mm 5 slot
chrome
code 20
lime
charcoal
10x4mm 5 slot
chrome
code 21
lime
grey
10x4mm 5 slot
chrome
code 22
lime
plated
10x4mm 5 slot
chrome
code 23
lime
gloss black
10x4mm 5 slot
white
code 24
lime
charcoal
10x4mm 5 slot
white
code 25
lime
grey
10x4mm 5 slot
white
code 26
lime
plated
10x4mm 5 slot
white

Values based on Vectis actual selling prices.
dark metallic green (rw colour), black base, white grille - 70-80
dark metallic green, black base, chrome grille - 35-45
metallic green, black, charcoal or unpainted base - 30-40
metallic green body, light yellow base, chrome grille - 50-70
metallic green body, pale green base, chrome grille - 50-70
Lime body, all base colours, chrome or white grille - 30-40