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 MB66-c Greyhound Bus



The Greyhound GMC Scenicruiser coach is known to have been a personal favourite of Jack Odell.
This coach joined the SuperFast range for just over one year in 1970. It received baseplate modifications with channels made for the narrowest standard sized usually black (or uncommonly dark red) plastic axle clips to retain its 3 axles fitted with 9.5x2mm solid or hollow 5 slot SuperFast wheels.The rear double axle clip was specially created for this toy.

The bodyshell was unchanged, with differences between the left and the right body castings made by the #66 tool remaining and being available in equal numbers. The body casting was actually a shortened version of the Greyhound. One complete bay window length was removed from the raised rear section of the body as otherwise the vehicle would be too long for the box, or if it were scaled down sufficiently and made to the correct dimensions the bus would be far too narrow and of too small of scale to fit in with the rest of the range.
All were painted and labelled in the same colours with silver body, orange windows & white seats as the final regular wheels issues, although substantial numbers were fitted with baseplates painted with surplus regular wheels colours best known from the pink of the #23 trailer caravan, the light yellow as used on the #39 Pontiac convertible and the pale primrose yellow of the #45 Corsair as well as the most common baseplate colour which was gloss black.

The first run were packaged in a regular wheels ´F´ box with black `SuperFast´ overprinted although most were shipped in ´G´ boxes or USA or Canada blisterpacks with copyright dates between 1969 and 1971.
No further use of this tooling was made post 1971 although Jack Odell did make a larger version of this same model coach for his Lledo range, one of very few Lesney toys to be remade by his new company.


Above: The first release had a black baseplate as shown by the two black tabs sticking through the front bumper, This version can have any combination of red and-or black axle clips, Also shown is the early F type box.

Above: The second issue had a pink baseplate the shade as previously used on the 23d Caravan, The front axle clip can be red or black but the rear axle clip was always black. This one has a G type box.


Above: The Greyhound also used the light yellow as found on the 39b Pontiac for its baseplate colouring. Both the light yellow base and the pale primrose base (below) have black axle clips.

Above: And the primrose yellow from the 45b Corsair was also used to colour the baseplate, I believe some refer to this shade as 'pale green' but I could be mistaken, Does anyone have a Greyhound with a pale green baseplate?.

code number
colour
wheels
basplate colour
front axle clips
rear axle clips
code 18
silver
9.5x2mm 5 slot
black
red
red
code 19
silver
9.5x2mm 5 slot
black
red
black
code 20
silver
9.5x2mm 5 slot
black
black
red
code 21
silver
9.5x2mm 5 slot
black
black
black
code 22
silver
9.5x2mm 5 slot
pink (23d)
red
black
code 23
silver
9.5x2mm 5 slot
pink (23d)
black
black
code 24
silver
9.5x2mm 5 slot
light yellow (39b)
black
black
code 25
silver
9.5x2mm 5 slot
pale yellow (45b)
black
black

Values based on Vectis actual selling prices.
silver body, black basplate - £20-£30
silver body, pink basplate - £25-£35
silver body, light yellow basplate - £30-£40
silver body, pale yellow basplate - £30-£40
with F type box add £20