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For the mainline version of this car, see Mercedes Benz Binz Ambulance.

Mercedes Benz Ambulance
Debut Series King Size
Produced 1967 -
Number K-6 (1967 - 1970)
K-26 (1971 - 1976)
K-63 (1977 - 1979)
Mercede-Benz Binz Ambulance (King Size)

The King Size Matchbox Mercede-Benz Binz Ambulance, like its mainline counterpart (which it predates by a year), represents a Binz ambulance on a Mercedes chassis. This was a common arrangement at the time; most Binz ambulances have used Mercedes chassis, with recent Binz ambulances typically using the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans as their basis.[1]. The model features an opening rear and front doors. An easily-lost patient on a stretcher fit in the rear.

This was the first King Size model offered by Matchbox which was not a model of a truck or tractor, appearing as K-6 for 1967. When the King Size models were split into Super Kings and Speed Kings, the model was reassigned to slot K-26, to keep it with the other Speed Kings models. Speed Kings model numbers were rearranged again for 1977, and the Mercedes Benz Ambulance moved to slot K-63. For 1979 the model was catalogued as part of the Super Kings range.

VersionsEdit

The Mercedes Benz Ambulance appears in the following versions:

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color/Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes Photo
K-6 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970 King Size White Red Cross
Red Shield
Unpainted / Metal Blue White MB silver dish England Included removable patient on stretcher Mercedes Benz Ambulance (1967 K-6)
K-26 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976 Speed Kings White Red Cross
"Ambulance"
Unpainted / Metal Blue White Matchbox spiro England Included removable patient on stretcher Mercede-Benz Binz Ambulance (King Size)
K-63 1977

1978

Speed Kings White Red Cross
"Ambulance"
Unpainted / Metal Blue White Matchbox spiro England Included removable patient on stretcher
K-63 1979 Super Kings [2] White Red Cross
"Ambulance"
Black / Metal Blue White Matchbox spiro England Included removable patient on stretcher Mercedes Benz Ambulance (K-26)

ReferencesEdit

  1. BINZ. "Ambulance" and sub-pages. n.d. Accessed February 14, 2014 at http://www.binz.com/en/ambulance-authority/ambulance.html
  2. Matchbox Catalogue 1979/80

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