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Releases for 1981Edit

1981 Series 1-75 models were, in most cases, issued with Superfast Wheels.

Series 1-75Edit

Series No. Model Name First Year Released Brand Special Features Color Photo
1 Dodge Challenger 1976 Dodge Blue 7901 Dodge Challenger R
2 S2 Jet 1981 Light Blue Mb002-01
3 Porsche Turbo 1978 opening doors Green Porsche Turbo grnL
4 '57 Chevy 1979 Chevrolet Pink 7904 57 Chevy R
5 U.S. Mail Truck 1978 Blue with white top 7805 Mail Truck L
6 Mercedes Tourer 1974 Mercedes removable top Yellow w/Black top 7606 Mercedes-Benz 350 SL
7 V.W. Golf 1976 Volkswagen removable surf boards Green 7607 V.W. Golf R
8 De Tomaso Pantera 1976 Blue 7808 De Tomaso Pantera
9 Ford Escort RS2000 1978 Ford White 7809 Ford Escort RS 2000 R
10 Plymouth Gran Fury Police Car 1979 Plymouth White and Black 7910 Plymouth Gran Fury
11 Car Transporter 1976 Bedford Orange 7611 Car Transporter
12 Citroen CX 1979 Light Blue 7912 Citroen CX
13 Snorkel (1977) 1977 Red 7713 Snorkel Fire Engine L
14 Rallye Royale 1981 Gray 8114 Rallye Royale
15 Fork Lift Truck 1981 Red 7215 Fork lift Truck R
16 Pontiac 1979 Gold 7916 Pontiac L
17 The Londoner 1972 Red 7217 The Londoner L
18 Hondarora 1975 handle bar pivots Red Hondarora red
19 Cement Truck 1976 mixing drum spins and tips Red 7619 Cement Truck
20 Police Patrol 1975 Rola-matics light bubble spins when rolled White & Blue 7720 Police Patrol
21 Renault 5TL 1978 Renault opening rear hatch Yellow 7821 Renault 5TL L
22 Blaze Buster 1975 Red 7522 Blaze Buster ChrtL
23 GT350 1981 Ford White ImagesCATEXLTA
24 Datsun 280 ZX 1981 Black 8178 Datsun blkR
25 Toyota Celica GT 1981 opening doors Light Blue 8125 Celica GT L
26 Cosmic Blues 1981 White 8126 Cosmic Blues L
27 Swept Wing Jet 1981 Red and White Sweep Wing Jet MB-27
28 Formula 5000 1981 Copper 7836 Formula 5000
29 Tractor Shovel 1976 bucket arms pivot Yellow with Red bucket 7629 Tractor Shovel
30 Leyland Articulated Truck 1981 Leyland Blue with Gray trailer Leyland Articulated Truck 30 1981
31 Mazda RX7 1981 Black 8231 Mazda RX-7 L
32 Atlas Excavator 1981 Orange Excavator (Atlas,1981)
33 Police Motorcycle 1977 pivoting steering, removable rider White 33c
34 Chevy Pro Stocker 1981 White 8134 Chevy Pro Stocker
35 Fandango 1975 Rola-matics fan spins when rolled White 7735 Fandango
36 Refuse Truck 1980 Red-Orange with Yellow box 7936 Refuse Truck
37 Skip Truck 1976 separate dumpster unloads with pivoting arms Blue & yellow Skip Truck 1981
38 Ford Camper 1980 Red with White camper 8038 Camper
39 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II 1979 Red MB rollsRoyce ss2
40 Horse Box 1977 opening side door Orange with White Box Horsebox MB-40
41 Ambulance 1978 White 41-C Blue Ambulance Sticker 05202012
42 Mercedes Container Truck 1977 Red 7642 Mercedes Container Truck
43 0-4-0 Steam Loco 1978 Black and Red MB-43
44 Passenger Coach 1978 Black, White and Red MB-44
45 B.M.W. 3.0 1976 B.M.W. opening doors Orange 7645 BMW 3.0 CSL R
46 Tractor 1978 removable Yellow plastic cultivator Blue 7846 Ford Tractor L
47 Pannier Tank Loco 1979 GWR Swindon Works Green MB-47
48 Red Rider 1981 Red 8148 Red Rider L
49 Crane Truck 1976 crane booth spins, boom pivots and extends w/ pivoting hook Yellow CRANE TRUCK (1980)
50 Harley Davidson Motorcycle 1980 removable Tan rider Tan
51 Midnight Magic 1981 Black 8151 Midnight Magic L
52 BMW M1 1981 opening hood (bonnet), wheels w/ suspension Silver No52 BMW M1 1981
53 Jeep CJ6 1977 removable Tan top Green
54 Mobile Home 1980 opening side door White 8054 Mobile Home
55 Ford Cortina 1979 opening doors Light Green 7955 Ford Cortina R
56 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 1979 Opening doors. Taxi sign on roof. Brown
7956 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL - Taxi
57 Wildlife Truck 1973 Rola-matic Lion in back spins when rolled Yellow 7357 Wild Life Truck
58 Faun Dump Truck 1976 Yellow 7658 Faun Dump Truck L
59 Porsche 928 1980 Blue
PORSCHE 928 1981
60 Holden Pickup 1977 Red 7760 Holden Pickup L
61 Wreck Truck 1978 Yellow MB-61 Wreck truck
62 Chevrolet Corvette 1979 Chevrolet Black Chevrolet Corvette 1981 82
63 Freeway Gas Tanker 1981 BP White/Green Freeway Gas Tanker 1981
64 Caterpillar D9 Tractor 1979 Yellow with Tan removable top 7964 Caterpillar D9 Tractor L
65 Airport Coach 1977 Blue and White 7765 Airport Coach
66 Ford Transit 1977 Ford Removable Tan pallet load Orange 7766 Ford Transit R
67 Datsun 260 Z 1978 Pink 7867 Datsun 260Z L
68 Chevy Van 1979 Grey 7968 Chevy Van gryL
69 Armoured Truck 1978 Red 7869 Armoured Truck R
70 Ferrari 308 GTB 1981 Red 8170 Ferrari 308 redL
71 Cattle Truck 1976 Orange 7671 Cattle Truck
72 Bomag Road Roller 1979 Yellow MB-72 Road Roller
73 Model A Ford 1979 Ford Cream with Green fenders 7973 Ford Model A
74 Cougar Villager 1978 Mercury Light Green 7874 Cougar Villager
75 Seasprite Helicopter 1977 White MB-75 Heli
76 Mazda RX7 1981 Blue 31d1
77 Toyota Celica 1981 Light Green
78 Datsun 260 Z 1981 Black 8178 Datsun blkL
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