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Long Haul
Debut Series 900 (Matchbox 900)
Produced 1979 - 1981
Long Haul high mileage 20120616 JSCC

Convoy 1st Gen hookup

Details of the connection between the Long Haul tractor and trailers. Josiah Carberry Collection.

The Long Haul is a model of a tractor cab, first issued in 1979 in the 900 series as TP-22, TP23, TP24 & TP25, each with an articulated trailer unit. Articulated trucks with removable cabs had previously been issued in the 1-75 Series and had also been released in the Accesory Packs, Major Packs, King Size and Super Kings ranges, but the Long Haul may be the first Matchbox tractor cab which was intended to function both with and without a trailer, and to be swapped among multiple trailers.

Long Haul is a two-axle tractor which most often appeared in red, but green versions were made, as was an even rarer yellow version. The truck features a T shaped slot as its trailer hitch.

The model was intended to be marketed as a Peterbilt and pre-production examples have the name moulded on them, however permission to use the name was not given the model was produced with Long Haul on the base.[1]

When the Matchbox 900 series tractor/trailer units were replaced by the Convoy range in 1982 the Long Haul tractor was discontinued.[1]

VersionsEdit

This Matchbox vehicle has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
TP-22, TP23, TP24 & TP25 1979

1980
1981

900 Red, green or yellow (no tampo) Black Plastic Frosted Amber (no interior) Fivearch England Sold with articulated trailer Long Haul high mileage 20120616 JSCC

RefsEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Kevin McGimpsey & Stewart Orr, Collecting Matchbox Diecast Toys - The First Forty Years, First Edition, 1989, page 235

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