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 MB51-c AEC 8 wheeled tipper



The #51 AEC Mammoth Major 8 wheel tipper joined the SuperFast range in 1970 and stayed for less than 2 years. It was only packaged in G boxes and all USA or Canada blisterpacks with copyright dates between 1969 and 1971.
All were fitted with 11x2 mm thin 5 slot SuperFast wheels.
The same blue glazed Muira yellow chassis cab with silver tipper were carried over from the regular wheels issues as was the chrome baseplate. The two rarest variations are a short run with the chassis cab painted in normal construction yellow and the otherwise standard unplated gray plastic baseplate issue.

The AEC's were fitted with yellow 'Pointer' labels which could have a bluish or greenish background but models without labels are known to exist.
Vectis have sold one AEC that had been fitted with the regular wheels issue 'Douglas' labels however this model may be a trial piece but it can easily be faked by swapping the tipper back from a regular wheel Douglas issue or applying unused Douglas labels that were sold off to collectors from the factory in the early 1980s.

There are two minor casting variations to be found, one is to the tipper body which can have the block over the tipper guide wider on the left or on the right, And the chassis also has casting variations to the chassis rails between the second and third axles. These casting variations are due to slightly different left and right hand molds so are equally common,
Note, these casting variations have not been included in the variation table.
There was no further use of this tooling after its retirement and this casting was not amongst those assembled in Brazil.


Above: Two construction yellow tippers, one without 'Pointer' labels.

Above: A Miura yellow AEC, This one has a silver plated grille & baseplate and a greenish label background.

Above: Another construction yellow AEC but this one has an unplated grey plastic baseplate and Pointer labels with a bluish background.


Above: Vectis auctions, Ron Slyder sale, lot no 1197, 10/04/07
Matchbox Superfast - No.51 Leyland Pointer Tipper Promotional Tipper for Alcon Laboratories Inc, Fortworth Texas. Standard issue model with chrome grille Excellent to Excellent Plus, complete with 2.5cc opened plastic bottle of Isopto Cetapred Ophthalmic Drug in Good lift off lid promotional all card box complete with inner card packing and letter dated April 9th 1971 giving details of the new drug to American doctors.
Very rare promotional item.
Price realised: 360
The Alcon promotional is also known to exist with regular wheels but note the regular wheel version also has 'Alcon' labels which raises the question - Was this model purchased solely for the packaging?.

Above: Vectis auctions, the David Evans Matchbox Collection, lot no 3152, 13/12/06
Matchbox Superfast No.51 AEC Tipper "Matthews" - yellow cab and chassis, metallic silver back, grey grille - Excellent Plus (slight discolouration to labels and a couple of paint chips to cab roof) in generally Excellent Plus type 2 box (minor tear to one inner end flap).
Rare promotional issue.
Price realised: 160

Above: The AEC was also included in the 1970 release of the G-4 Truck Superset.

Above: A superb pre production / colour trial in white with a silver tipper, light blue glass and black baseplate.

code
number
cab
colour
tipper
colour
baseplate
colour
wheels
labels
code 22
construction yellow
silver
silver
11x2mm 5 slot
Pointer
code 23
construction yellow
silver
silver
11x2mm 5 slot
none
code 24
construction yellow
silver
grey
11x2mm 5 slot
Pointer
code 25
construction yellow
silver
grey
11x2mm 5 slot
none
code 26
Miura yellow
silver
silver
11x2mm 5 slot
Pointer
code 27
Miura yellow
silver
silver
11x2mm 5 slot
none
code 28
Miura yellow
silver
grey
11x2mm 5 slot
Pointer
code 29
Miura yellow
silver
grey
11x2mm 5 slot
none
code 30 (promo)
Miura yellow
silver
grey
11x2mm 5 slot
Matthews

Values based on Vectis actual selling prices.
'miura' yellow, silver base - 25-35
'miura' yellow, grey base - 80-90
construction yellow, silver base - 35-45
construction yellow, grey base - 90-100
Alcon promotional (USA) - 300-400 (?)
Matthews promotional (UK) - 150-170