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 MB72-b Standard Jeep



The #72 Jeep joined the SuperFast range in 1970 and was packaged in ´G´ boxes or USA and Canada blisterpacks with copyright dates between 1969 -1971.
It was initially fitted with spiro pattern 12.5mm x 4mm balloon tyres which were also used on the Mack Dumper and Unimog. However, the vast majority produced had normal square profile 12.5mm spiro tyres. Black axle clips were the norm but some were fitted with dark red axle clips.
As with the rarest Dodge Cattle and Staketrucks, a very short run of these Jeeps (fitted with square profile wheels) were painted in the same bright lemon-yellow shade that is well known because it was applied to almost all regular ´realistic´ wheeled #33 Muiras.
The standard construction yellow was the most common shade applied although the same deeper orange-yellow also applied to both aforementioned Dodge trucks is also common.
This Jeep lasted less than 2 years in the SuperFast range even though the real version had a longer prodction life because Lesney made the new #2 Jeep with a large protruding chromed engine instead of modifying the #72 tool.
Note there are minor variations in the die sets which is shown in the lower edge of the tailgate and its hinges, Both types of tailgate and hinges are equally common.
The final issue has a filled in or altered spare wheel center as shown in the photograph of this casting variation.


Above: On the left is a lemon-yellow jeep with a pair of 'constuction' yellow models. All are fitted with spiro pattern wheels but the right hand model has 'Ballon' type "tyres".

Above: This early yellow Jeep has 12.5x'balloon' wheels which have a rounded profile to both sides of the tyre sidewall.

Above: Another later issue yellow Jeep but this one is fitted with standard spiro wheels.

Above: The orange-yellow Jeep with spiro pattern wheels, These are also the non ballon type.

Above: Showing the three different colours used on the Jeep from the left,
lemon yellow, yellow and orange yellow.
photo courtesy Christian Falkensteiner

Above: Showing the two different casting variations to the rear tailgate, Both types are equally common.
photo courtesy Christian Falkensteiner

Above: The final variation, a filled center to the spare wheel.
photo courtesy Christian Falkensteiner

Above: Showing the braces added to the later issues of the Jeep, Also the red and black axle clips.

code
number
colour
wheels
baseplate
braces
spare wheel recess
axle clips
code 6
yellow
12.5x4mm spiro (balloon)
no
open recess
red or black
code 7
yellow
12.5x4mm spiro (balloon)
yes
open recess
red or black
code 8
orange yellow
12.5x4mm spiro (balloon)
no
open recess
red or black
code 9
orange yellow
12.5x4mm spiro (balloon)
yes
open recess
red or black
code 10
orange yellow
12.5x4mm spiro
no
open recess
black
code 11
orange yellow
12.5x4mm spiro
yes
open recess
black
code 12
lemon yellow
12.5x4mm spiro
yes
open recess
black
code 13
orange yellow
12.5x4mm spiro
yes
closed recess
black

Values based on Vectis actual selling prices.
yellow - £25-£35
orange yellow - £20-£30
lemon yellow - £60-£70