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 MB68-c Porsche 910



The Porsche 910 (aka Carrera 10) was a 1966 design of which 15 were built for the 1967 and 1968 World Sportscar Championship which included events such as Le Mans. It joined the SuperFast series as a new casting in 1970 painted in red clearcoat over gold primer and fitted with orange tinted glazing , ivory seats and thin 11x2mm 5 slot wheels with a race 68 sticker on the front in the authentic position.
During its 5 year stay in the range it was a packaged in “G“ or `I“ or G3 boxes as well as all blisterpacks with copyright dates between 1969 and 1974 as well as the “Broomstick“ blisters (and likely the earlier US only “Zingomatic“ blisters too although photo confirmation is required).
After the first run, wide wheels in the 11x4mm 5 slot design were used for all future issues of this casting.

The amount of amber tint in the glazing unit can vary considerably, although cars with untinted windows are very rare indeed. All baseplates were plated unpainted metal. Extra stickers were supplied for the G3 giftset issues and during the course of normal production shortages of the race 68 labels resulted in some cars having race 45 or race 137 labels as well as surplus Scorpion labels once this range was cancelled. No significant premiums should be paid for label variations because huge quantities of unused labels were sold to collectors and dealers on factory closures.

The Scorpions range included a plastic Porsche 910 bodyshell made from the #68 master mould which is clearly very closely related to the #68 diecast 910.
A special and substantial run was made by early 1972 and in the shops that spring and summer in more authentic race white without labels for exclusive inclusion in the “Broomstick“ blisterpacks.
Lesney shipped Porsche 910 components to Roly Toys in Brazil in the early 1970s to allow them to paint and assemble this casting in its standard form although amongst the different colours they used were two very attractive shades of metallic blue adorned with the usual race 68 stickers.


Above: From the left, #1/ 68 label & wide wheels.
#2/ 68 label and thin wheels.
#3/ with extra 68 labels from G-3 giftset.
#4/ with the hard to find '45' label.

Above: This one has the early 11x2mm wheels and the common '68' labels.

Above: This one has the later 11x4mm wheels and the hard to find '137' labels.

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Above: The Porsche with clear windows is very hard to find.
photo courtesy Rob Freeman via the forum.

Above: Models with Brroomstick packaging were recoloured to white.

Above: The Blister Pack and the Multi Pack, Note the multi pack model is fitted with the later '5 square' type wheels. (and a very crooked #68 label!) :0)

Above: The Porsche was included in the Matchbox G-3 "Racing Specials
Superset", The model was enhanced by the addition of a small racing
number '68' decal mounted on the sides of each rear wing.

Above: The Porsche was also part of the popular Matchbox "Crash Game".

Above: A pre production colour trial in silver with clear plastic windows and 11x2mm wheels.

Above: A later issue colour trial in light lime green fitted with amber windows and 10.5x4mm dot-dash wheels.

Above: A previously unrecorded pre production baseplate without the ® in between the 'Matchbox' and 'Series'.
photo courtesy Jason (Nearlymint) from the forum .

code
number
body
colour
wheels
window
colour
decals
code 1
metallic red
11x2mm 5 slot
amber
68 (x1)
code 2
metallic red
11x2mm 5 slot
amber
68 (x3) G-3
code 3
metallic red
11x4mm 5 slot
amber
68 (x1)
code 4
metallic red
11x4mm 5 slot
clear
68 (x1)
code 5
metallic red
11x4mm 5 slot
dark amber
68 (x1)
code 6
metallic red
11x4mm 5 slot
amber
45 (from 45c ford)
code 7
metallic red
11x4mm 5 slot
amber
68 (x3) G-3
code 8
metallic red
11x4mm 5 slot
clear
45 (from 45c ford)
code 9
white
11x4mm 5 slot
amber
none (brroomstick)
code 10
white
11x4mm 5 slot
amber
68 (x1)
code 11
metallic red
11x4mm 5 slot
amber
scorpion
code 12
metallic red
11x4mm 5 slot
amber
137 (from 15d VW)
code 13
metallic red
11x4mm 5 slot
amber
45 (from 45c ford) + scorpion at rear
code 14
metallic red
11x4mm 5 slot
amber
68 (x1) + scorpion at rear
code 15
metallic red
10.5x4mm 5 square
amber
68 (x1)

Values based on Vectis actual selling prices.
metallic red, clear glass, 68 or 45 label - £110-£140
metallic red, amber glass, 68 label - £15-£25
metallic red, amber glass, 45 label - £25-£35
metallic red, 137 or scorpion label - £80-£100
white (brroomstick) - £35-£45