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 MB71-c Ford heavy wrecker



The #71 Ford heavy wrecker joined the SuperFast series in 1970 for a 2 year production run retaining its regular wheels colours. It was always packaged in G boxes or copyright 1969 to 1972 blisterpacks.
It was always fitted with hot foiled 4 slot 12.5x4mm common truck wheels retained with a standard short axle clip in black or dark red on the front axle & a black double clip best known from the #30 crane on the rear. It retained green glazing , red (bright or dark shades) plastic tow hook and ´Esso´ labels which can have either a thin or slightly thicker blue ring around the name.

The tooling was revived in 1977 for use as an Army wrecker in the two pack series, with at least colour trials being made in the extra dark olive drab and then the main production in standard olive green with green glazing, paper labels, black towhooks and unchromed wheels of the original style.
A small proportion of production featured hotfoiled wheels identical to those used on the Esso issues.
The only tooling change for this re-ssue was rivits cast on the baseplate to secure the the axle covers permenantly.
Surplus unpainted castings were painted medium blue which was close to the Aral shade and built up circa 1980 and packed in multipacks which included a Tesco special pack. These also featured hot foiled wheels on only approximately half of the production.


Above: Showing the three main colour schemes.

Above: The red & white wrecker labels, One with the "Esso" in a thick blue oval and another with "Esso" in a thin blue oval.

Above: The military green wrecker with black hubs and chromed hubs.

Above: The dark blue wrecker with black hubs and chromed hubs.

Above: The military green wrecker shown with and without the 3LGS64 labels.

Above: Three blister packs, The one on the left shows a red & white wrecker, The center pack shows one fitted with black hubs while the one on the right shows another with chromed hubs.

Above: The Ford wrecker also came packed with the Alvis Stalwart
as part of the 1979 release of the TP-16 twin pack 900 series.

code
number
colour
baseplate
number
wheels
wheel
centers
labels
hook
colour
front
axle clip
rear
axle clip
code 13
red & white
71
12.5x4mm 4 slot
chromed
Esso thin oval
red (bright or dark)
short red
black
code 14
red & white
71
12.5x4mm 4 slot
chromed
Esso thick oval
red (bright or dark)
short red
black
code 15
red & white
71
12.5x4mm 4 slot
chromed
Esso thin oval
red (bright or dark)
short black
black
code 16
red & white
71
12.5x4mm 4 slot
chromed
Esso thick oval
red (bright or dark)
short black
black
code 17
military
green
none
(TP-16)
12.5x4mm 4 slot
chromed
3LGS64
black
black (rivetted)
black (rivetted)
code 18
military
green
none
(TP-16)
12.5x4mm 4 slot
black
3LGS64
black
black (rivetted)
black (rivetted)
code 19
military
green
none
(TP-16)
12.5x4mm 4 slot
black
none
black
black (rivetted)
black (rivetted)
code 20
blue
none
(MP-1)
12.5x4mm 4 slot
chromed
none
black
black (rivetted)
black (rivetted)
code 21
blue
none
(MP-1)
12.5x4mm 4 slot
black
none
black
black (rivetted)
black (rivetted)

Values based on Vectis actual selling prices.
red & white, Esso labels - £45-£55
military green, black hubs - £20-£30
military green, chrome hubs - £55-£65
blue, black hubs - £80-£90
blue, chrome hubs - £140-£160