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 MB75-b Ferrari Berlinetta




The #75 Ferrari Berlinetta joined the Superfast range in 1970 and was deleted from the range at the end of the same year. The tow hook fitted to the regular wheels issues was removed from the seat mouldings, as were the quartet of cast exhaust pipes on the base at the same time to improve track performance on loops.
The baseplates also had deeper channels cut to allow the new standard plastic sprung suspension unit to be fitted, always with thin 11.2mm x 2mm solid or hollow 5 slot wheels.
The baseplates on these cars can be found both with and without ´Pat App´ as the central line of text. The body casting was altered by adding small cowls to the headlamps and a bonnet lip extension, as well as fractionally extending the rear rivit post to alter the stance of the toy.
The SuperFast issues were packed in ´G´ boxes and USA and Canada blisterpacks with copyright dates 1969 or 1970.
The first run in green clearcoat over silver primer was usually found packed in the 1969 USA blisterpacks which included the ´G´box.
Red clearcoat over pink primer SuperFast bodies fitted with regular ´realistic´ wheels were mostly packed in Matchbox Motorways along with other late ´F´ box production issues.
There are 2 shades of this red which exist in fairly equal quantities, bright or dark, and the shade depends upon the thickness of the pink primer under the candy coat. Most SuperFast production of the #75 Berlinetta were red without silver trim although a tiny minority of both the red and the green bodies were mask sprayed with silver trim as per all regular wheels issues and these cars fetch a small premium although home detailed examples may deceive some!
The final use of this tooling in 1970 or 1971 was to produce unassembled components for export to Brazil, which were painted and assembled there by Roly toys in colours of their own choice.



Above: The dark metallic green Berlinetta with silver trim applied to the grille complete with it's G type box. This one is unusual in that the front suspension has not collapsed, A very common fault as shown in the next three pictures.

Above: The slightly lighter metallic green version, this one has no trim.

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Above: A nice example of the rare dark metallic green Berlinetta with silver trim applied to the grille.
photo courtesy Alex Lavery (Motorman) from the forum.

Above: The bright red Berlinetta with silver trim.

Above: And another in red without silver trim.

Above: The Ferrari in a USA 1970/71 issue blisterpack.


code
number
body
colour
trim
wheels
interior
colour
Pat App
code 11
met green
none
11x2mm 5 slot
ivory
no
code 12
met green
none
11x2mm 5 slot
ivory
yes
code 13
met green
silver
11x2mm 5 slot
ivory
yes
code 14
dark met green
silver
11x2mm 5 slot
ivory
yes
code 15
dark met green
none
11x2mm 5 slot
ivory
yes
code 16
red
none
11x2mm 5 slot
ivory
yes
code 17
red
silver
11x2mm 5 slot
ivory
yes
code 18
bright red
silver
11x2mm 5 slot
ivory
yes
code 19
bright red
none
11x2mm 5 slot
ivory
yes

Values based on Vectis actual selling prices.
met green, no trim - £170-£190
met green, silver trim - £180-£200
red gloss, no trim - £35-£45
red gloss, silver trim - £55-£65