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 MB53-c Ford Zodiac MkIV



The Ford Zodiac MkIV joined the SuperFast range in 1970, initially in its regular wheels shade of metallic silver-blue packaged in an F box.
It lasted 2 years and was most commonly packaged in G boxes but can also be found in USA and Canada blisterpacks with copyright dates between 1969 and 1971.
The Zodiac was re-coloured with emerald green clearcoat over silver primer, although one substantial run with thin tyres which is the darkest shade to be found was clearcoated over gold primer. On subsequent runs the green clearcoat over silver became 2 shades lighter giving 4 distinctly different greens, the lightest of which is only found on wide wheel issues.
The final run was painted in lime clearcoat over white primer,the shade varies slightly with the relative thicknesses of each coat.
The metallic silver-blue,the lime and the emerald over gold primer issues are very much in demand and command much higher prices than the very common green over silver primer issues.
The bodyshell casting was modified in 1971 with enlarged wheelarches to allow the plastic sprung suspension to work effectively with the new standard size wide wheels designed to give cars more stability on tracksets.
The windows were always clear plastic and the interior is always ivory and so far no superfast examples have been found with the rare violet coloured interiors found in a very few regular wheel Zodiacs.
The Zodiac was fitted with 11x2 mm thin usually solid 5 slot wheels on the earliest blue and green SuperFast issues with 10.5x2mm usually hollow but less commonly solid 10.5x2mm 5 slot wheels on the bulk of metallic green original wheel arch bodies.
10x4mm wide 5 slot wheels were fitted to the vast majority of the widened wheel arch bodies although a substantial number of baseplates fitted with thin wheels were used up on wide wheel arch metallic green bodies. However, a traditional solid all black 11mm regular wheel was still fitted under the opening bonnet on all issues.
There is no documented use of this casting by Brazilian or Bulgarian producers.


Above: A selection of green zodiacs, All have small wheel arches and narrow 11x2mm wheels.

Above: This pair have enlarged wheel arches and the wider 10x4mm wheels.

Above: The metallic light blue is a crossover having a regular wheel body and a superfast baseplate. It is only found with small wheel arches and solid or hollow 10.5x2mm or 11x2mm wheels,
It is very rare and sought after by both regular wheel and superfast collectors.

Above: The metallic light bluish-green is only found with small wheel arches and 10.5x2mm or 11x2mm wheels

Above: The metallic light green is also only found with small wheel arches and 10.5x2mm or 11x2mm wheels

Above: The next recolour was to a warmer metallic emerald green, this can be found with both small and enlarged wheel arches but only with narrow 10x2mm wheels.

Above: This picture shows the true colour of
the dark metallic emerald green Zodiac.
photo courtesy Mick Bruce.

Above: The metallic mid green can have 10.5x2mm or 10x4mm wheels. This one has small wheel arches and narrow wheels.

Above: Another metallic mid green Zodiac, this time with enlarged wheel arches and 10x4mm wide wheels.

Above: The final release was in lime-yellow, It is always found with enlarged wheel arches and 10x4mm wheels.

Above: top left - light bluish green.
top right - light green.
lower left - emerald green.
lower right - mid green.

Above: These blister packs were only available in the USA.

Above: The Zodiac also came as part of the G-2 Transporter Superset.

code
number
colour
wheels
wheel arches
code 9
light metallic blue
10.5x2mm hollow
small
code 10
light metallic blue
11x2mm solid
small
code 11
light metallic bluish-green
10.5x2mm
small
code 12
light metallic bluish-green
11x2mm
small
code 13
light metallic green
10.5x2mm
small
code 14
light metallic green
11x2mm
small
code 15
metallic emerald green
10.5x2mm
small
code 16
metallic mid green
10.5x2mm
small
code 17
metallic mid green
10.5x2mm
enlarged
code 18
metallic mid green
10x4mm
enlarged
code 19
lime yellow
10x4mm
enlarged

Values based on Vectis actual selling prices.
metallic light blue - 700-800
metallic light bluish-green - 25-35
metallic light green - 25-25
metallic emerald green - 35-45
metallic mid green 35- 45
lime yellow - 50-70