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 MB8-f Wildcat Dragster



During 1970 the #8 Mustang tooling was modified from standard coupe to become a Hot Rod. It received a big engine mounted in the centre of the bonnet (hood) with new smooth sides to accomodate ´Wildcat´ labels and a new baseplate to enable truck sized rear wheels to be fitted. The Wildcat Mustang was normally packed in `G´ boxes or all types of blisterpacks with copyright dates between 1970 and 1974.
Colour trials or pre-productions survive today painted red fitted with the uncommon lipless square slot 10 x 4mm wheels normally found on the tomato red #8e Mustangs.

The colour chosen for volume production was dayglow orange clearcoat over glossy pink enamel primer and such a car features in the copyright 1971 collector catalogue fitted with 12.5x3mm 5 slot truck tyres on the rear which although proven to be fitted to many #62d Cougars may only be a colour trial feature on the Wildcat Mustang. Hopefully this variation will turn up in significant numbers in the future on the forum here!
The dayglow orange Mustangs are extremely easily faded by light sources or chemicals (even chemically bleached by some customisers) and further shade variations can be explained by relative thickness of either double coats of pink primer or dayglow orange clearcoat so great care must be taken when buying unusual lighter shades which may not be factory originals.

The first production run was painted nursery pink enamel and fitted with black ´Wildcat´ labels on an orange background giving rise to the theory that the dayglow orange clear top colour was not available when the first very large run of bodies went through Lesney´s paint shop. These first run cars all feature the original thin engine mounts with 2 holes visible at the front when viewed from above. Distortion when riviting the engine on this casting as well as the #62 Cougar and #4 Gruesome Twosome led to the sole body casting modification by reduction of holes to give required strength.

The Wildcat stickers were redesigned during by 1972 , perhaps even as early as 1971 to feature an orange Cougar on a yellow background with black outlining and black ´WILDCAT´ legend. Collectors have long speculated that Lesney management failed to make the obvious wildcat connection to the #62 Cougar and pony connection with the #8 Mustang ! Collectors should also be aware that large quantities of unused stickers were sold off to the collector community in the early 1980s so any other stickers other than Wildcat labels are likely to be collector reassignments unless the toy remains sealed in its Lesney blisterpack.

All production Wildcat Mustangs were intended to have 10x4mm 5 slot wheels on the front and 12.5x4mm 4 slot wheels on the rear but perhaps more than most other castings, plenty of wheel errors have been found with all four wheels of just one size, both large or small, as well as large wheels on the front and small wheels on the rear.
The baseplate retains the front tongue from the #8e Mustang which proves that this tool was modified rather than remade when the transition to Hot Rod was made. Black is the standard colour for these baseplates however short runs were made in plated metal or painted in surplus available-on-the-day colours - 29b metallic green; 38b yellow ; 56b green and 66d orange and others.

Roly Toys of Brazil were supplied with all the components and the 2nd type yellow stickers to enable them to paint and assemble Wildcat Mustangs in various colours of their choice.
This tooling was brought back into use in the mid 1980s in Macau and painted white with Shelby blue tampos as the #23g ´GT350´ . Mattel Matchbox have also made a completely new metal based tool inspired by this same Lesney #8e overwidth Mustang casting with warts and all!


Above: A line up of various Mustangs, note the yellow (from 38b) and green (from 56b) coloured baseplates. baseplates painted in the metallic green from the 29b and the orange from the 66d and many other colours can also be found.

Above: The first release was nursery pink. It can be found with either type of wildcat label.

Above: The peach version can also be found with either type of wildcat label.

Above: The orange version is the most common, It can be found with either type of wildcat labels or the sailboat or rat rod labels.

Above: The red (aka tangerine) version is the rarest. It can be found with the later yellow, black & orange label only

Above: One for the 'oops' section, A mustang with the small wheels on the rear axle and the larger ones up front, for some reason this is a fairly common error for this particular model.

Above: The orange version fitted with sailboat labels.

Above: Another orange, this time with rat rod labels.

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Above: This very rare baseplate colour seems to be a mixture of left over paints because it doesnt match any model in the range. (new code 4)


code
number
colour
base
colour
wheels
front rear
labels
code 1
pink
black
10x4mm 5 square, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
black & orange, wildcat
code 2
pink
black
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
black & orange, wildcat
code 3
pink
yellow
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
black & orange, wildcat
code 4
pink
lime
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
black & orange, wildcat
code 5
pink
plated
10x4mm 5 square, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
black & orange, wildcat
code 6
pink
plated
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
black & orange, wildcat
code 7
pink
black
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
yellow, black & orange, wildcat
code 8
pink
yellow
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
yellow, black & orange, wildcat
code 9
peach
black
10x4mm 5 square, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
black & orange, wildcat
code 10
peach
black
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
black & orange, wildcat
code 11
peach
dark yellow
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
black & orange, wildcat
code 12
peach
orange
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
black & orange, wildcat
code 13
peach
charcoal
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
black & orange, wildcat
code 14
peach
metallic green
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
black & orange, wildcat
code 15
peach
metallic green
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
none
code 16
peach
yellow
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
none
code 17
peach
black
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
yellow, black & orange, wildcat
code 18
orange
black
10x4mm 5 square, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
black & orange, wildcat
code 19
orange
black
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
black & orange, wildcat
code 20
orange
light grey
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
black & orange, wildcat
code 21
orange
dark grey
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
black & orange, wildcat
code 22
orange
yellow
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
black & orange, wildcat
code 23
orange
yellow
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
none
code 24
orange
tan
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
black & orange, wildcat
code 25
orange
charcoal
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
black & orange, wildcat
code 26
orange
plated
10x4mm 5 square, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
black & orange, wildcat
code 27
orange
plated
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
black & orange, wildcat
code 28
orange
orange
10x4mm 5 square, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
black & orange, wildcat
code 29
orange
orange
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
black & orange, wildcat
code 30
orange
orange
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
none
code 31
orange
black
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
yellow, black & orange, wildcat
code 32
orange
black
12.5x4mm 4 slot, 10x4mm 5 slot
yellow, black & orange, wildcat
code 33
orange
black
12.5x4mm 4 slot, 10x4mm 5 slot
rat rod (from 62d)
code 34
orange
light grey
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
yellow, black & orange, wildcat
code 35
orange
dark grey
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
yellow, black & orange, wildcat
code 36
orange
green
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
yellow, black & orange, wildcat
code 37
orange
yellow
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
yellow, black & orange, wildcat
code 38
orange
yellow
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
none
code 39
orange
charcoal
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
yellow, black & orange, wildcat
code 40
orange
plated
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
yellow, black & orange, wildcat
code 41
orange
black
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
rat rod (from 62d)
code 42
orange
yellow
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
sailboat (from 23e)
code 43
red
yellow
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
yellow, black & orange, wildcat
code 44
red
black
10x4mm 5 slot, 12.5x4mm 4 slot
yellow, black & orange, wildcat

Values based on Vectis actual selling prices.
pink, all models - £30-£40
peach, all models - £30-£40
orange, charcoal or green base - £45-£55
orange, sailboat labels - £50-£60
orange, rat rod labels - £60-£70
orange, all others - £25-£35
red - £80-£100