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 MB7 Ford D series Refuse Truck



The Ford D series Refuse Truck joined the Superfast series in 1970 for just over a year and was packaged only in G boxes or USA and Canada blisterpacks with copyright dates 1969-71.
It retained its regular wheels colours intially however the shades were soon given more contrast with the orange initially being lighter than the RW shade and then darkening ,getting closer to a tomato orange shade. The gray plastic box section darkens in the same degrees as the box on the 37 Cattle truck which used the same plastic.
However there is also an alternative viewpoint that the gray plastic darkens ,discolours & yellows with age or exposure to heat or light and that all left Lesney in the same shade of gray but this is not quite true as the grey plastic will not lighten or darken but it will actually turn brown if exposed to ultra-violet light for extended periods and the paint pigment will fade or can actually change colour on some models so care should be taken to display all Matchbox toys out of direct sunlight. It should be noted that there are the inevitable shade variations between different batches of plastic.
There was one modification to the bodyshell with a T shape cast into the rear of the chassis slide channel.
It was fitted with thin 12.5mm 4 slot truck tyres which were later superceded by wide wheels of the same size and pattern for the final issues.
Wheels were secured by plastic clips are normally black but can also be found in maroon.
As a result it is easy to straighten bent axles on this and swap wheels swiftly without leaving obvious signs so any other wheel patterns found on this casting should not attract any price premium and were probably fitted outside the factory unless sealed blisterpack evidence can be found .


Above: The regular wheel colour is on the right although there is not much difference between them.

Above: With the thinner 12.5x2mm wheels and dark grey box.

Above: With the thicker 12.5x4mm wheels and a slightly lighter dark grey box.

Above: With 12.5x4mm wheels and a grey box.


Above: Left, the rectangular container slide and
on the right the 'T' shaped slide.

Above: Left, dark grey refuse container and right grey refuse container.

code
number
colour
container colour
wheels
container slide
code 9
orange (as RW)
grey
12.5x2mm 4 slot
rectangular
code 10
orange (as RW)
dark grey
12.5x2mm 4 slot
rectangular
code 11
darker orange
grey
12.5x2mm 4 slot
rectangular
code 12
darker orange
dark grey
12.5x2mm 4 slot
rectangular
code 13
darker orange
grey
12.5x2mm 4 slot
T shaped
code 14
darker orange
dark grey
12.5x2mm 4 slot
T shaped
code 15
darker orange
grey
12.5x4mm 4 slot
rectangular
code 16
darker orange
dark grey
12.5x4mm 4 slot
rectangular
code 17
darker orange
grey
12.5x4mm 4 slot
T shaped
code 18
darker orange
dark grey
12.5x4mm 4 slot
T shaped

Values based on Vectis actual selling prices.
all models - 25-40