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1-75 seriesEdit

The 1-75 series models were marketed under the "Matchbox 75" name.[1]

Series No. [2] Model Name [2] First Year Released Brand Special Features Color [2] Photo
1 (Core) Dodge Challenger 1976 Dodge Blue & white 7901 Dodge Challenger R
2 (Core) S2 Jet 1981 Blackburn Folding wings Black & yellow S2 Jet (balck & yellow)
3 (Core) Porsche Turbo 1978 Porsche Opening doors Green Porsche Turbo grnL
4 (Core) '57 Chevy 1979 Chevrolet Opening bonnet Mauve 7904 57 Chevy R
5 (Core) U.S. Mail Truck 1978 Jeep Removable top Blue with white top 7805 Mail Truck L
6 (Core) Mercedes 350 SL 1974 Mercedes-Benz Red & white Mb006-04
7 (Core) V.W. Golf 1976 Volkswagen Removable surf boards Yellow VW Golf Yellow
8 (Core) De Tomaso Pantera 1976 De Tomaso White MATCHBOX-LESNEY SUPERFAST -8 DE TOMASO PANTERA 1975 ENGLAND (2)
9 (Core) Ford Escort RS2000 1978 Ford White 7809 Ford Escort RS 2000 R
10 (Core) Plymouth Gran Fury 1979 Plymouth White & black Gran Fury Police Car (79-81)
11 (Core) Car Transporter 1976 Bedford Orange & cream 7611 Car Transporter
12 (Core) Citroen CX 1979 Citroen Opening tailgate Light blue 7912 Citroen CX
13 (Core) Snorkel 1977 GMC Moveable boom Red 7713 Snorkel Fire Engine L
14 (Core) Rallye Royale 1981 Monteverdi Gray Rallye Royale (1982)
15 (Core) Fork Lift Truck 1981 Lansing Bagnall Moveable forks Red
16 (Core) Pontiac 1979 Pontiac Gold 7916 Pontiac L
17 (Core) The Londoner 1972 Daimler Red 7217 The Londoner L
18 (Core) Hondarora 1975 Honda Pivoting handlebars Green 7518 Hondarora
19 (Core) Cement Truck 1976 Generic Rotating & tipping drum Red 7619 Cement Truck
20 (Core) Police Patrol 1975 Range Rover Rola-matics light bubble spins when rolled White 7720 Police Patrol
21 (Core) Renault 5TL 1978 Renault Opening rear hatch Grey Le Car
22 (Core) Blaze Buster 1975 Generic Moveable ladder Red 7522 Blaze Buster ChrtL
23 (Core) Atlas Generic Tipping tray Blue & orange 7522 Atlas R
23 (ROW) Atlas Generic Tipping tray

Red & grey or blue & grey

7523 Atlas redR
24 (Core) Shunter 1981 Generic Yellow Shunter 1979
25 (USA) Toyota Celica GT 1981 Toyota Opening doors Light blue 8125 Celica GT L
25 (ROW) Flat Car & Container Generic Removeable container Black + tan & red MB-25 Container
26 (Core) Site Dumper Generic Tipping tray Red & grey Site Dumper (1981)
27 (Core) Swept Wing Jet 1981 Generic Movable wings Red & white Sweep Wing Jet MB-27
28 (Core) Lincoln Continental Mk. V Lincoln Red & white MB-28 Lincoln
29 (Core) Tractor Shovel 1976 Muir-Hill Moveable bucket Red & black
30 (Core) Leyland Articulated Truck 1981 Leyland Articulated trailer Blue & gray Leyland Articulated Truck 30 1981
31 (Core) Caravan 1981 Generic Opening door White Caravan 1985
32 (Core) Atlas Excavator 1981 Atlas Movable boom Orange, black & grey Excavator (1981)
33 (Core) Police Motorcycle 1977 Honda Removable rider White 33c
34 (Core) Chevy Pro Stocker 1981 Chevrolet White & blue 8134 Chevy Pro Stocker
35 (Core) Fandango 1975 Generic Rola-matics - fan spins when rolled Red 7735 Fandango
36 (Core) Refuse Truck 1980 Ford Opening tailgate Red & yellow 36 Refuse Truck 02
37 (Core) Skip Truck 1976 Generic Dumpster unloads with pivoting arms Blue & yellow Skip Truck 1981
38 (Core) Ford Camper 1980 Ford Red & white 8038 Camper
39 (Core) Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II 1979 Rolls-Royce Opening doors Red MB rollsRoyce ss2
40 (Core) Horse-Box 1977 Bedford Opening side door & removable horses Green & cream 7740 Horse Box GrnWhtOpen
41 (Core) Ambulance 1978 Chevrolet Opening rear doors White 41-C Blue Ambulance Sticker 05202012
41 (Germany) Ambulance 1978 Chevrolet Opening rear doors Red
42 (Core) Mercedes Container Truck 1977 Mercedes-Benz Removable container Red or green Mercedes Container Truck (MATCHBOX)
42 (Germany) Mercedes Container Truck 1977 Mercedes-Benz Removable container Blue or red & cream
42 (Germany) Armored Truck 1977 Generic "Dresdner Bank" Green & white IMG 6232
43 (Core) 0-4-0 Steam Loco 1978 Generic Black & red MB-43
44 (Core) Passenger Coach 1978 Generic Black, white & red MB-44
45 (Core) B.M.W. 3.0 1976 BMW Opening doors Orange 7645 BMW 3.0 CSL R
46 (Core) Tractor 1978 Ford Removable plastic cultivator Green & yellow Tractor (Green) 1981
47 (Core) Pannier Tank Loco 1979 GWR Swindon Works Green MB-47
48 (Core) Sambron Jacklift 1981 Sambron Movable fork Yellow & black
49 (Core) Crane Truck 1976 Generic Rotating & extending boom Yellow & black Crane Truck (1982)
50 (Core) Harley Davidson Motorcycle 1980 Harley-Davidson Removable rider Tan Harley Davidson
51 (Core) Combine Harvester Generic Red & yellow 7851 Combine Harvester R
52 (Core) BMW M1 1981 BMW opening hood (bonnet), wheels w/ suspension Silver No52 BMW M1 1981
53 (Core) Jeep CJ6 1977 Jeep Yellow & tan
53 (ROW) Jeep CJ6 1977 Jeep Green & tan Jeep CJ6 (1981 Green)
54 (Core) Mobile Home 1980 Generic opening side door White 8054 Mobile Home
55 (Core) Ford Cortina 1979 Ford opening doors Red Ford Cortina (1981)
56 (Core) Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 1979 Mercedes-Benz Opening doors. Taxi sign on roof. Tan 7956 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL - Taxi
57 (Core) Wildlife Truck 1973 Ford Rola-matic Lion in back spins when rolled White & black 7357 Wild Life Truck whtL
58 (Core) Faun Dump Truck 1976 Faun Tipping tray Yellow 7658 Faun Dump Truck L
59 (Core) Porsche 928 1980 Porsche Opening doors Blue PORSCHE 928 1981
60 (Core) Holden Pickup 1977 Holden Cream Holden Pick-Up (Cream)
61 (Core) Wreck Truck 1978 Ford Movable booms Yellow MB-61 Wreck truck
62 (Core) Chevrolet Corvette 1979 Chevrolet Black Chevrolet Corvette 1981 82
63 (Core) Freeway Gas Tanker 1981 Generic "Shell" or "BP" White & yellow or white & green Freeway Gas Tanker 1981
64 (Core) Caterpillar D9 Tractor 1979 Caterpillar Removable canopy Yellow & tan 7964 Caterpillar D9 Tractor L
65 (Core) Airport Coach 1977 Generic Red & white
66 (Core) Mazda RX 500 Mazda Opening engine cover Green
66 (ROW) Ford Transit Ford Ford Removable pallet load Orange Ford Transit (1977-80 MB66)
67 (Core) Datsun 260 Z 2+2 1978 Datsun Opening doors Grey Datsun 240Z (1980)
68 (Core) Chevy Van 1979 Chevrolet Green or white
68 (Core) Chevy Van 1979 Chevrolet "adidas" White
69 (Core) Armoured Truck 1978 Generic "WELLS FARGO" Red 7869 Armoured Truck R
70 (Core) Ferrari 308 GTB 1981 Ferrari Red 8170 Ferrari 308 redL
71 (Core) Cattle Truck 1976 Dodge Removable cattle Green & yellow or green & cream Cattle Truck 1981
72 (Core) Bomag Road Roller 1979 Bomag Yellow MB-72 Road Roller
73 (Core) Model A Ford 1979 Ford Green 8273 Ford Model A
74 (Core) Cougar Villager 1978 Mercury Opening tailgate Blue Cougar Villager (1981)
75 (Core) Seasprite Helicopter 1977 Kaman Movable rotor White MB-75 Heli
76 (Core) 1965 Ford Shelby Mustang GT 350 Shelby White & blue ImagesCATEXLTA

900 rangeEdit

Adventure 2000Edit

Battle KingsEdit

Models of YesteryearEdit

SkybustersEdit

Super KingsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Matchbox Catalogue 1981/82
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 www.mbxforum.com Retrieved 13 March 2017
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