Mercury Commuter
Debut Series Mainline
Produced introduced 1968
Number 73C
6873 Mercury Commuter

Casting 73C, the Mercury Commuter, is a station wagon, commonly found in green with a pale interior. The model may be most notable for the two dogs in the back cargo area, peering out of the open rear window.  Initially offered with Autosteer, the model was later converted to Superfast wheels.


This model was given a mild redesign to create the Mercury Police Car, and likely influenced the dogs and initial coloring of the Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser (1971). Early editions of casting 55D, the Mercury Park Lane Police Car, shared a base with the Commuter; the common base is labeled "No 55 or 73 / Mercury".


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
MB73 1969 1-75 Mt. light green none unpainted clear white MB silver dish #73 England Dogs in rear window 6873 Mercury Commuter
MB73 1970 Superfast Mt. light green none unpainted clear white SuperfastSmall #73 England Dogs in rear window MATCHBOX-LESNEY SERIES -73 MERCURY WAGON WITH DOGS ENGLAND (2)
MB73 1972 Superfast Red cow sticker unpainted clear white MB 5 SP #73 England Dogs in rear window, wider castline DSC 17734 (Small) (2)

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