Debut Series 1-75
Produced 1975 to 1984
Number MB18
Scale 1:35
Hondarora (1975-79 MB-18)


This model of a Honda CB750 motorcycle has been issued in the following versions:

Col # Year Series Color Label Base Color Interior Color Rider Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes Photo
MB18 1975 1976 Series 1-75 Red/Chrome HONDA Red/ Metal Black seat None Special motorcycles England HONDARORA on base Hondarora (1975-76 Chrome)
MB18 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 [1] 1-75 Red [1] None Red/ Metal Black seat HONDA Special motorcycles England HONDARORA on base. Hondarora (MB18-Red)
TP-11 1976 1977 Two Packs Olive drab None Olive drab/ Metal Black seat None Special motorcycles England Hondarora (1976-77 TP-11)
K6 1976 1977 Super Kings Orange HONDA Orange/ Metal Black seat None Special motorcycles England Included in Motor Cycle Transporter (K6) Hodarora MB-18
MB18 1981 [1] 1-75 Green [1] None Metallic Green Black seat None Special motorcycles (Modified) England Or included in Motor Cycle Transporter (K6) 7518 Hondarora
MB18 1982 1983 [1] 1-75 Yellow [1] N/A Yellow/ Metal Black seat Brown Special motorcycles (Modified) England HONDARORA on base. Hondarora (1982)

Replaced: Field Car Replaced by: Fire Engine (1985)

Hondarora was the first solo, realistic motorcycle model produced by Matchbox. It was very popular and had a long production run of 10 years from 1975 to 1985. It was modelled around the equally popular Honda CB750, a large motorbike aimed at the American market.

Early examples were a dull red with a chromed engine and exhaust pipes, handlebars, front forks and mudguard. The saddle was usually black although the odd few were white. A little purple and orange sticker with a Honda logo graced both sides of the petrol tank. The delicate spoked wheels were actually modified wheels from a discontinued Models of Yesteryear car. The front forks could turn and the bike could be stood up with a stand attached to one of the exhaust pipes.

There were many variations on Hondarora which usually used its real name of Honda CB750 in non-English speaking markets. A bright orange version was made exclusively for the K-6 King Size Motor Cycle Transporter set. In 1977 it appeared in one of the Two-Packs series, in the 'Military Jeep and Motorcycle' set where it sported a dark olive drab colour scheme with the engine and forks in black. The regular bike suffered a lot from cost-cutting as the sticker was taken away, the forks remained black and the spoked wheels with tyres were replaced with one-piece five-spoked plastic ones.

In 1980 It was recoloured metallic green and was redone again in yellow in 1982. At this time the engine was also black but, perhaps to make up for this, introduced a light brown rider figure.


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