The Articulated Truck is a three-axle tractor-trailer combination, offered in the 1-75 range and later included in the Twin Packs range with a second trailer. The tractor features a ball and post which fits a socket in the trailer. Though the tractor unit is shared with the Freeway Gas Tanker, and is therefore interchangeable with that model, this seems to be for manufacturing reasons, rather than for play value. Wheel type sometimes varied between the tractor and trailer, even on models packaged together. Colored glazing, a small cab, and no rear window space hide the lack of an interior. The Twin Packs version was introduced in 1978.
This Matchbox model has been issued in the following versions:
|Col #||Year||Series||Tractor Color||Trailer Color||Labels||Tractor Base Color / Type||Trailer Base Color / Type||Window Color||Tractor Wheel Type||Trailer Wheel Type||Toy #||Country||Notes / Variations||Photo|
|50||1973||1-75||Yellow or Orange-yellow||Medium Blue||Blue and Yellow Chevrons on trailer||Black Plastic||Yellow, Orange-yellow or Lemon / Plastic||Purple||England|
+ Twin Packs
|Yellow or Orange-yellow||Medium or dark Blue||None||Black Plastic||Yellow, Orange-yellow or Lemon / Plastic||Purple or Red||England||ARTICULATED TRUCK on base. Same yellow / blue second trailer in Twin Packs|
+ Twin Packs
|Red||Silver-gray||None||Black Plastic||Red / Plastic||Purple or Red||England||Same red / gray second trailer in Twin Packs|