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 MB55-d Mercury Police car



The Mercury Park Lane Police sedan was an early 1970 addition to the SuperFast range initially packaged in an F box but more commonly found in a G box.
This toy was also packaged in all USA or Canada blisterpacks with copyright dates between 1969 and 1971.
As with the autosteer issues, all SuperFast Police Mercurys were bright white and can be found with either blue or red roof lamps, although the scarcity factor is reversed,with red being standard and blue much harder to find and worth more too!
The only changes to this casting compared with the regular wheels autosteer issue involved the baseplate which was altered to give a greater ride height so that the springy plastic suspension worked effectively with the larger Superfast wheels which were initially solid or hollow 11x2mm 5 slots but more commonly 10.5x2mm solid or hollow 5 slots.
The SuperFast baseplates originally stated No. 55 or 73 however a small proportion of the final run were made after the tooling had been altered to No 59 or 73 once the decision had been made to use this tooling to replace the Galaxie Firechief.
So during 1971 this tooling became exclusively used for the #59 Firechief which is examined under #59.


Above: Showing the F and G type boxes, The red or blue roof dome light and the smaller 10.5x2mm wheels and the larger 11x2mm wheels.


Above: Another Mercury with it's F box, blue dome light and the larger 11x2mm wheels.

Above: And another with G box, red dome light and 10.5x2mm wheels.

Above: The 'Twin Pack' issue had no number on the base and 11x2mm dot-dash wheels, Note also the modified roof lights and the updated decals used on this model.

code
number
body
colour
baseplate
numbering
wheels
interior
colour
roof light
colour
code 9
white
55 or 73
10.5x2mm 5 slot
ivory
blue
code 10
white
59 or 73
10.5x2mm 5 slot
ivory
blue
code 11
white
55 or 73
10.5x2mm 5 slot
ivory
red
code 12
white
59 or 73
10.5x2mm 5 slot
ivory
red
code 13
white
55 or 73
11x2mm 5 slot
ivory
blue
code 14
white
55 or 73
11x2mm 5 slot
ivory
red
code 15
white
55 or 73
11x2mm 5 slot
cream
blue
code 16
white
none (TP2)
11x2mm dot-dash
ivory
(two) blue

Values based on Vectis actual selling prices.
models with red roof light - 35-45
models with blue roof light - 40-50
twin-pack issue with two blue roof lights - 20-35