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1955 1:43

Dinky Collection

1956 1:43

Coke Collection

1957 1:63

List of Releases

Lesney #42

1-75 Superfast

Premiere Collection
Gold Collection
Railroad Set

1959 1:63

Lesney #75a

1987 1:63

List of Releases
1-75 Series
Premiere Collection
Gold Collection
JC Penney Set
Show Stoppers
Laser Wheels
SCM KIts

NASCAR

Stock car Index

Matchbox  Lesney 1:75 Series

1:63 1957 Thunderbird

This is a 1:63 Model of the 1957 Thunderbird

There are several different Base types.

  1. 1982 Unpainted Metal Lesney England

  2. 1982 Painted Metal Lesney England

  3. 1982 Painted Metal Matchbox Macau

  4. 1982 Painted Metal Matchbox China

  5. 1988 Plastic Matchbox China

  6. 1988 Plastic Mattel China

The Plastic base has a reinforcing ring cast around the front rivet mount to prevent stress
cracking

However a couple of exceptions exist;

The Chubby's Promo has the 1988 Copyright but is Metal.
The Happy Days car has an unpainted metal base but was cast using the Plastic Mould !

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Body Colour

Base Type
Base Colour
Made in

Interior

Window

Wheels

Tampo /
Licence 

Series # /
Production Code

Release
Date

01

Red

1982 Lesney
Unpainted Metal
England

White

Clear

Dot-Dash

None

42
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?/82

02

Red

1982 Lesney
Unpainted Metal
England

White

Clear

5 Arch

?/82

03
Red

1982 Lesney
Silver-Gray Metal
England

White

Clear

5 Arch

?/82

03a
Red

1982 Lesney
Silver-Gray Metal
England

White

Clear

5 Arch Front
Dot-Dash Rear

?/82

04

Red

1982 Lesney
Unpainted Metal
England

Translucent
White

Clear

5 Arch

?/82

05

Red

1982 Lesney
Silver-Gray Metal
England

Translucent
White

Clear

5 Arch

?/82

06

Cream
& Red

1982 Matchbox Toys Ltd
Pearly Silver
Metal
Macau

Red

Clear

5 Arch

#42

Box for US Distribution - Made China Box for Distribution in Japan - Made Macau

?/83

07

Cream
& Red

1982 Matchbox Toys Ltd
Pearly Silver
Metal
Macau

Dark Red

Clear

2/84

08
Cream
& Red

1982 Matchbox Toys Ltd
Pearly Silver
 Metal
Macau

Red

Amber

2/84

09
Cream
& Red

1982 Matchbox Toys Ltd
Pearly Silver
Metal
China

Red

Amber

?/86

10

Cream
& Red

1982 Matchbox Toys Ltd
Light Pearly Silver
Metal
Macau

Red

Light
Amber

?/86

11
Black

1982 Matchbox Toys Ltd
Pearly Silver Metal
China

Red

Amber

5 Arch

None

 

?/86

12
Black

1982 Matchbox Toys Ltd
Pearly Silver Metal
China

Red

Amber

Dot-Dash Front
5 Arch Rear

None

9/88

13
Turquoise

1988 Matchbox Int'l Ltd
Pearly Silver Metal
China

White

Clear

5 Arch


Chubby's DINER

Promotional
Code 1

4/96

14
Black

1988 Matchbox Int'l Ltd
Silver Plastic
China

White
on
Red

Clear

Chrome Disc
Rubber WW

Detail Trim
Lic = 7-Bird

Premiere World Class-3
34362

9/96

15
Red

1988 Matchbox Int'l Ltd
Silver Plastic
China

White

Clear

5 Arch


Patsy Always 

Patsy Cline Memorial 
Promotional Code 1

10/96

16
Candy Red

1988 Matchbox Int'l Ltd
Silver Plastic
China

Red
on
White

Clear

Chrome Disc
Rubber WW

Detail Trim
Lic = 7-Bird

Premiere World Class-6
34365

12/96

17
Turquoise

1988 Matchbox Int'l Ltd
Silver Plastic
China

Turquoise
on
White

Clear

Chrome Disc
Rubber WW

Detail Trim

Railroad set MT-2489
Mantua Industries - 2500 Made

12/96

18
Pearl White

1988 Matchbox Int'l Ltd
Silver Plastic
China

Red

Amber

5 Arch

Iridescent Paint glows blue

American Street Machines
5 Pack #60333

4/97

19
Red

1988 Matchbox Int'l Ltd
Silver Plastic
China

Red
on
White

Clear

Chrome Disc
Rubber WW

Detail Trim
Lic = 7-Bird

Premiere Select Class-6
34368

5/97

20
Blue

1988 Matchbox Int'l Ltd
Silver Plastic
China

Blue
on
White

Clear

Chrome Disc
Rubber WW

Flaming Bird on side
Detail Trim
Lic = 7-Bird

Premiere Select Class-11
Hot Rod Collection
34314

10/97

21
White

1988 Matchbox Int'l Ltd
Silver Plastic
China

White
on
Red

Clear

Chrome Disc
Rubber WW

Detail Trim
Lic = DOOWOP

Premiere Gold Collection
5000 made

12/97

22

Blue

1988 Matchbox Int'l Ltd
Silver Plastic
China

White

Clear

5 Arch

Flaming Bird on side
Detail Trim
Lic = 7-Bird

Sold in China
Packaging not known

2/98

23
Bright Yellow

1988 Matchbox Int'l Ltd
Silver Plastic
China

White
on
Black

Clear

Chrome Disc
Rubber WW

Detail Trim
Lic = HOT 57

Premiere Select Class-17
Classic Muscle Collection
34321

5/98

24
Silver Flake

1988 Matchbox Int'l Ltd
Silver Plastic
China

White
on
Blue

Clear

Chrome Disc
Rubber WW

Blue Bird on side
Detail Trim
Lic = CRUZIN

Premiere Select Class-20
Street Machines Collection
33987

8/98

25
Red

1988 Matchbox Int'l Ltd
Silver Plastic
China

White

Clear

5 Arch
White's Guide
Car of the Month #3
February 1999

Unauthorised Promotional
"produced by 'wiping' the Patsy Cline Cars and applying new Tampos
"
? Made

2/99

26
Pink

1988 Matchbox Int'l Ltd
Unpainted Metal
China

Pink
on
White

Clear

5 Arch
Happy Days
Pinky Tuscadero’s
Detail Trim

Code 1 Promotional
Avon Star Cars
36830
0579EA

8/99

27
Yellow

1988 Matchbox Int'l Ltd
Silver Plastic
China

Grey

Smoked

5 Arch
MB2000 logo
Painted Lights

#16 Great Drivers
10,000 made
3379EA

3/00

28
Yellow

1988 Matchbox Int'l Ltd
Silver Plastic
China

Grey Smoked 5 Arch

Painted Lights

#16 Great Drivers
0050EA

3/00

29
Pale Yellow

1988 Matchbox Int'l Ltd
Silver Plastic
China

White
on
Black

Clear

Chrome Disc
Rubber WW

Detail Trim
Lic = ELVIS

Graceland Diorama

3/01

30
Red

1988 Matchbox Int'l Ltd
Silver Plastic
China

White

Clear

5 Arch


Joy and Michael
April 28 2001

Promotional Code 2 by
 ColorComp

4/01

31


Red

1988 Matchbox Int'l Ltd
Silver Plastic
China

White

Clear

5 Arch


Patsy Cline
Crazy for the Bloom 

Promotional
Code 2 - 500 made

5/01

32


Red

1988 Matchbox Int'l Ltd
Silver Plastic
China

White

Clear

5 Arch


Patsy Cline
Fan Club Memorial

Promotional
Code 2 - 200 made

9/01

33


Yellow

1988 Matchbox Int'l Ltd
Silver Plastic
China

Grey

Smoked

5 Arch


Cruisin 
New England Magazine

Promotional
Code 2 - 50 made
0650EA

05/02

34


Red

1988 Matchbox Int'l Ltd
Silver Plastic
China

White

Clear

5 Arch


3rd Salmon River Festival

Promotional
Code 2 - 150 made

09/02

35


White

1988 Mattel
Grey Plastic
China

Red

Blue

Dots and Drops

2492EA

Matchbox 50th Birthday
Toys'R'Us 3 car pack

10/02

36

Red

?

Tan

Clear

Chrome Disc
Rubber WW

 

My Classic Car with Dennis Gage Series

04/03

37 Lt Blue

?

Red

?

?

 

Hero City 5 Pack #6
 

05/03

 

Announced but never released !

Star Cars Series 3 was announced in January 1999 and was scheduled to include an American Graffiti T-Bird in White:  Perhaps someone pointed out that car in the film was a 1956 HardTop ?  I have now been informed that none of the Series 3 Star Cars were released, presumably because of the competition from Johnny Lightning.


This was to be the Box, but it is the wrong car!

 

 

Original Listing Source - Christian Falkensteiner
Numbering adjusted by me for latest finds

13 March, 2006