1969

information With the transition to Superfast wheels, the majority of the models still remained as Regular Wheels. These are denoted by the ‘1-75’ logo, instead of the ‘Superfast’ logo.

1969 is a well documented area of Matchbox collecting. The advent of Hot Wheels, Matchbox rushed to get the Superfast series up and running as quickly as possible.  Certain models like the Merryweather Fire Engine and Eccles Caravan are well documented as being originally planned as regular wheel models but were released purely as Superfast.

The story goes that as 1969 began Lesney were unsure of how fast they could get the Superfast models going and released the initial catalogue with all regular wheel stuff. Mid way through 1969 they finally released the first batch of models.  These included the well documented 5 brand new castings (MB5 Lotus Europa, MB20 Lamborghini Marzal, MB35 Merryweather Fire Engine, MB56 BMC 1800 Pininfarina, MB69 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow Coupe Convertible) and 5 models previously as regular wheels that were quickly converted to Superfast in 1969 itself (MB14 Iso Grifo, MB15 VW 1500, MB33 Lamborghini Miura, MB41 Ford GT, MB67 VW1600TL).

1969 is officially documented by all the official Matchbox history books as having 10 Superfast models in total.

David Tilley

Additional photography: Dan Zsebehazy & www.garyscars.co.uk

Model No.
Model Name
Brand
Image
MB1
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MB2
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1969_2a
MB3
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MB4
Stake Truck
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MB5
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Photo: David Tilley
MB6
Ford Pick Up Truck
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1969_6
MB7
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MB8
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MB9
Boat and Trailer
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1969_9a
MB10
Pipe Truck
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MB11
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1969_11
MB12
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1969_12a
MB13
Wreck Truck
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1969_13
MB14
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Photo: David Tilley
MB15
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Photo: David Tilley
MB16
Case bulldozer
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MB17
Horse
Box
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MB18
Field Car
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MB19
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MB20
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Photo: David Tilley
MB21
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MB22
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1969_22
MB23
Trailer Caravan
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MB24
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MB25
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MB26
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MB27
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1969_27
MB28
Mack Dump Truck
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1969_28
MB29
Fire Pumper
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MB30
8 Wheel Crane
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MB31
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MB32
Leyland Petrol Tanker
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MB33
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MB34
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MB35
Snow-Trac
Tractor
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MB36
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MB37
Cattle
Truck
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MB38
Honda
Motorcycle with Trailer
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MB39
Ford Tractor
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MB40
Hay Trailer
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MB41
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MB42
Fairy
Iron Crane
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MB43
Pony Trailer
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MB44
Refrigeration
Truck
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MB45
Ford Corsair with Boat
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MB46
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1969_46
MB47
DAF Tipper
Container Truck
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1969_47
MB48
Dumper
Truck
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1969_48
MB49
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1969_49
MB50
Kennel
Truck
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1969_50
MB51
8-Wheel
Tipper
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1969_51
MB52
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1969_52
MB53
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1969_53a
MB54
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1969_54
MB55
Mercury
Police Car
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1969_55
MB56
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Photo: David Tilley
MB57
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1969_57
MB58
DAF Girder
Truck
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1969_58
MB59
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MB60
Truck
with Site Office
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MB61
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MB62
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Photo: David Tilley
MB63
Dodge
Crane Truck
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MB64
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1969_64
MB65
Combine
Harvester
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MB66
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MB67
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1969_67
MB68
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MB69
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MB70
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MB71
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MB72
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MB73
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MB74
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MB75
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