1-75 seriesEdit

The 1-75 series models were marketed under the "Matchbox 75" name in the 1981/82 Matchbox Catalogue.[1]

Series No. [2] Model Name [2] First Year Released Brand Special Features Color [2] Photo
1 (Core) Dodge Challenger 1976 Dodge Blue & white 7901 Dodge Challenger R
2 (Core) S2 Jet 1981 Blackburn Folding wings Black & yellow S2 Jet (1981-82 Black)
3 (Core) Porsche Turbo 1978 Porsche Opening doors Green Porsche Turbo grnL
4 (Core) '57 Chevy 1979 Chevrolet Opening bonnet Mauve 7904 57 Chevy R
5 (Core) U.S. Mail Truck 1978 Jeep Removable top Blue with white top 7805 Mail Truck L
6 (Core) Mercedes 350 SL 1974 Mercedes-Benz Red & white Mb006-04
7 (Core) V.W. Golf 1976 Volkswagen Removable surf boards Yellow VW Golf Yellow
8 (Core) De Tomaso Pantera 1976 De Tomaso White MATCHBOX-LESNEY SUPERFAST -8 DE TOMASO PANTERA 1975 ENGLAND (2)
9 (Core) Ford Escort RS2000 1978 Ford White 7809 Ford Escort RS 2000 R
10 (Core) Plymouth Gran Fury 1979 Plymouth White & black Gran Fury Police Car (79-81)
11 (Core) Car Transporter 1976 Bedford Orange & cream 7611 Car Transporter
12 (Core) Citroen CX 1979 Citroen Opening tailgate Light blue 7912 Citroen CX
13 (Core) Snorkel 1977 GMC Moveable boom Red 7713 Snorkel Fire Engine L
14 (Core) Rallye Royale 1981 Monteverdi Gray Rallye Royale (1982)
15 (Core) Fork Lift Truck 1981 Lansing Bagnall Moveable forks Red Fork Lift Truck (1979 SUPER KINGS)
16 (Core) Pontiac 1979 Pontiac Gold 7916 Pontiac L
17 (Core) The Londoner 1972 Daimler Red 7217 The Londoner L
18 (Core) Hondarora 1975 Honda Pivoting handlebars Green 7518 Hondarora
19 (Core) Cement Truck 1976 Generic Rotating & tipping drum Red Cement Truck (MB19)
20 (Core) Police Patrol 1975 Range Rover Rola-matics light bubble spins when rolled White Police Patrol POLICE 1981
21 (Core) Renault 5TL 1978 Renault Opening rear hatch Grey Le Car
22 (Core) Blaze Buster 1975 Generic Moveable ladder Red 7522 Blaze Buster ChrtL
23 (Core) Atlas Generic Tipping tray Blue and orange 7522 Atlas R
23 (ROW) Atlas Generic Tipping tray Red and grey or blue and grey 7523 Atlas redR
24 (Core) Shunter 1981 Generic Yellow Shunter 1979
25 (Core) Toyota Celica GT 1981 Toyota Opening doors Light blue 8125 Celica GT L
26 (Core) Site Dumper Generic Tipping tray Red and grey Site Dumper (1981)
27 (Core) Swept Wing Jet 1981 Generic Movable wings Red and white Sweep Wing Jet MB-27
28 (Core) Lincoln Continental Mk. V Lincoln Red and white MB-28 Lincoln
29 (Core) Tractor Shovel 1976 Muir-Hill Moveable bucket Red & black Tractor Shovel (1981 Red)
30 (Core) Leyland Articulated Truck 1981 Leyland Articulated trailer Blue and gray Leyland Articulated Truck 30 1981
31 (Core) Caravan 1981 Generic Opening door White Caravan 1985
32 (Core) Atlas Excavator 1981 Atlas Movable boom Orange, black & grey Excavator (1981)
33 (Core) Police Motorcycle 1977 Honda Removable rider White 33c
34 (Core) Chevy Pro Stocker 1981 Chevrolet White & blue 8134 Chevy Pro Stocker
35 (Core) Fandango 1975 Generic Rola-matics - fan spins when rolled Red 7735 Fandango
36 (Core) Refuse Truck 1980 Ford Opening tailgate Red & yellow 36 Refuse Truck 02
37 (Core) Skip Truck 1976 Generic Dumpster unloads with pivoting arms Blue & yellow Skip Truck 1981
38 (Core) Ford Camper 1980 Ford Red & white 8038 Camper
39 (Core) Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II 1979 Rolls-Royce Opening doors Red MB rollsRoyce ss2
40 (Core) Horse-Box 1977 Bedford Opening side door & removable horses Green & cream 7740 Horse Box GrnWhtOpen
41 (Core) Ambulance 1978 Chevrolet Opening rear doors White 41-C Blue Ambulance Sticker 05202012
41 (Germany) Ambulance 1978 Chevrolet Opening rear doors Red
42 (Core) Mercedes Container Truck 1977 Mercedes-Benz Removable container Red or green Mercedes Container Truck (MATCHBOX)
42 (Germany) Mercedes Container Truck 1977 Mercedes-Benz Removable container Blue or red & cream Mercedes Container Truck (Blue)
42 (Germany) Armored Truck 1977 Generic "Dresdner Bank" Green & white IMG 6232
43 (Core) 0-4-0 Steam Loco 1978 Generic Black & red MB-43
44 (Core) Passenger Coach 1978 Generic Black, white & red MB-44
45 (Core) B.M.W. 3.0 1976 BMW Opening doors Orange 7645 BMW 3.0 CSL R
46 (Core) Tractor 1978 Ford Removable plastic cultivator Green & yellow Tractor (Green) 1981
47 (Core) Pannier Tank Loco 1979 GWR Swindon Works Green MB-47
48 (Core) Sambron Jacklift 1981 Sambron Movable fork Yellow & black
49 (Core) Crane Truck 1976 Generic Rotating & extending boom Yellow & black Crane Truck (1982)
50 (Core) Harley Davidson Motorcycle 1980 Harley-Davidson Removable rider Tan Harley Davidson
51 (Core) Combine Harvester Generic Red & yellow 7851 Combine Harvester R
52 (Core) BMW M1 1981 BMW opening hood (bonnet), wheels w/ suspension Silver No52 BMW M1 1981
53 (USA) Jeep CJ6 1977 Jeep Yellow & tan Jeep CJ6 (1981 USA)
53 (ROW) Jeep CJ6 1977 Jeep Green & tan Jeep CJ6 (1981 Green)
54 (Core) Mobile Home 1980 Generic opening side door White 8054 Mobile Home
55 (Core) Ford Cortina 1979 Ford opening doors Red Ford Cortina (1981)
56 (Core) Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 1979 Mercedes-Benz Opening doors. Taxi sign on roof. Tan 7956 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL - Taxi
57 (Core) Wildlife Truck 1973 Ford Rola-matic Lion in back spins when rolled White & black 7357 Wild Life Truck whtL
58 (Core) Faun Dump Truck 1976 Faun Tipping tray Yellow 7658 Faun Dump Truck L
59 (Core) Porsche 928 1980 Porsche Opening doors Blue PORSCHE 928 1981
60 (Core) Holden Pickup 1977 Holden Cream Holden Pick-Up (Cream)
61 (Core) Wreck Truck 1978 Ford Movable booms Yellow MB-61 Wreck truck
62 (Core) Chevrolet Corvette 1979 Chevrolet Black Chevrolet Corvette 1981 82
63 (Core) Freeway Gas Tanker 1981 Generic "Shell" or "BP" White & yellow or white & green Freeway Gas Tanker 1981
64 (Core) Caterpillar D9 Tractor 1979 Caterpillar Removable canopy Yellow & tan 7964 Caterpillar D9 Tractor L
65 (Core) Airport Coach 1977 Generic QANTAS, TWA or SCHULBUS Red & white Airport Coach (MB65 Qantas)
66 (Core) Mazda RX 500 Mazda Opening engine cover Green Mazda RX 500 (1981 Hong Kong)
66 (ROW) Ford Transit Ford Ford Removable pallet load Orange 7766 Ford Transit R
67 (Core) Datsun 260 Z 2+2 1978 Datsun Opening doors Grey Datsun 240Z (1980)
68 (Core) Chevy Van 1979 Chevrolet Green Chevy Van (1981 Green)
68 (USA) Chevy Van 1979 Chevrolet USA-1 White Chevy Van (1981 USA)
68 (Germany) Chevy Van 1979 Chevrolet adidas White 20190309 Chevy Van white adidas
69 (Core) Armoured Truck 1978 Generic "WELLS FARGO" Red 7869 Armoured Truck R
70 (Core) Ferrari 308 GTB 1981 Ferrari Red 8170 Ferrari 308 redL
71 (Core) Cattle Truck 1976 Dodge Removable cattle Green & yellow or green & cream Cattle Truck 1981
72 (Core) Bomag Road Roller 1979 Bomag Yellow MB-72 Road Roller
73 (Core) Model A Ford 1979 Ford Green 8273 Ford Model A
74 (Core) Cougar Villager 1978 Mercury Opening tailgate Blue Cougar Villager (1981)
75 (Core) Seasprite Helicopter 1977 Kaman Movable rotor White MB-75 Heli
76 (Core) 1965 Ford Shelby Mustang GT 350 Shelby White & blue ImagesCATEXLTA

Super KingsEdit

Model No. [1] Model Name [1] First Year Released Brand Special Features Color [1] Photo
K-1 Hydraulic Excavator O&K Red Hydraulic Excavator (K1)
K-2 Car Recovery Vehicle Generic + Ford Blue + yellow Car Recovery Vehicle (1978 K-2 Capri II)
K-3 Grain Transporter Bedford NEW Red & white Grain Transporter (1981-83)
K-4 Big Tipper Generic Red & yellow Big Tipper (Red)
K-5 Muir-Hill Tractor & Trailer Muir-Hill Yellow Muir-Hill Tractor & Trailer (1972-80)
K-6 Motor Cycle Transporter Generic + Honda Blue + red Motor Cycle Transporter (Pick-up Truck)
K-7 Racing Car Transporter Generic White Racing Car Transporter (1979-81 Martini Team)
K-8 Animal Transporter Mercedes-Benz NEW Orange, tan & white Animal Transporter (1981-84)
K-9 Fire Tender Generic Red Fire Tender (K-9 DENVER)
K-10 Car Transporter Generic Red Car Transporter (1976-81 1)
K-11 Dodge Delivery Van 1981 Dodge NEW
Yellow Dodge Delivery Van (1981)
K-12 Herkules Mobile Crane Generic Yellow Herkules Mobile Crane (1975-80)
K-13 Aircraft Transporter Generic + Dornier White Aircraft Transporter (1982-84 K-13)
K-14 Heavy Breakdown Truck Generic White & red Heavy Breakdown Truck (1977)
K-15 The Londoner Bus Daimler Red The Londoner (1982 K-15)
K-16/1 Petrol Tanker (Texaco) Ford Red & white Articulated Petrol Tanker (1974 TEXACO)
K-16/2 Petrol Tanker (Shell) Ford
K-16/3 Petrol Tanker (Exxon) Ford White & yellow
K-17 Articulated Container Truck Scammell Red, white & blue Articulated Container Truck (K-17 GENTRANSCO)
K-18/3 Articulated Tipper Ford Tarmac Grey & red Articulated Tipper (1976-81)
K-19/1 Security Truck (Fort Knox) Ford White & red Security Truck (1980 FORT KNOX)
K-19/2 Security Truck (Group 4) Ford White & orange Security Truck (1982 group 4)
K-20 Peterbilt Wreck Truck 1980 Peterbilt Green & white Peterbilt Wrecker (K-20)
K-21/1 Ford Transcontinental (Continental) Ford CONTINENTAL Yellow, white & red Ford Transcontinental (1979-81 CONTINENTAL)
K-21/2 Ford Transcontinental (Sante Fe) Ford Ford Transcontinental (Santa Fe)
K-22 SRN6 Hovercraft Saunders-Roe White, red & black SRN6 Hovercraft (1979 K-22)
K-23 Low Loader and Bulldozer Scammell + generic Orange + yellow Low Loader and Bulldozer (1979-81 K-23)
K-24/3 Scammell Container Truck Scammell Red & white Scammell Container Truck (1976)
K-25 Digger and Plough Muir-Hill Yellow Digger
K-26 Cement Truck Bedford Red, white & yellow Cement Truck (1981-82 K-26)
K-27 Powerboat and Transporter Generic + Ford Red & white
K-27/2 Powerboat and Transporter (Benihana) Generic + Ford
K-28 Bedford Skip Truck Bedford Orange & yellow Skip Truck Bedford (1978-82)
K-29/3 Ford Delivery Van Ford Red "AVIS" Ford Delivery Van (1978-81 AVIS 2)
K-30 Unimog and Compressor (K-30) Mercedes-Benz Tan & red Unimog and Compressor (1978-81)
K-31/1 Peterbilt Container Truck (Christian Savesen) Peterbilt White & blue Peterbilt Refrigeration Truck (Christian Salvesen)
K-31/2 Peterbilt Container Truck (Lagnese Igloo) Peterbilt Peterbilt Refrigeration Truck (1978-81)
K-31/3 Peterbilt Container Truck (Pepsi Cola) Peterbilt Peterbilt Refrigeration Truck (PEPSI)
K-32 Farm Unimog Mercedes-Benz Unimog, trailer, sheep, shepherd & dog Green Farm Unimog (1978-1981)
K-33 Cargo Hauler with Crane Scammell Yellow, white & blue Cargo Hauler (1978-79 K-33)
K-34 Pallet Truck DAF+ Lansing Bagnall KM INTERNATIONAL White & red Pallet Truck (K-34 K.M International)
K-35 Massey Ferguson Tractor and Hay Trailer Massey Ferguson Red & white Massey Ferguson Tractor & Trailer (1979-83)
K-36 Construction Transporter Generic + generic + Muir-Hill Yellow
K-37 Leyland Tipper Leyland Yellow & red Leyland Tipper (1979 K-37)
K-38 Dodge Ambulance 1980 Dodge White & red Dodge Ambulance Van (K-38 2xfigures)
K-39 E.R.F. Snorkel Fire Engine 1980 ERF Red & white Snorkel Fire Engine (1980-1983)
K-40 Pepsi Cola Truck 1980 Ford White, red & blue Delivery Truck and Fork Lift (1980-83 K-40)
K-41 JCB Excavator JCB NEW Yellow JCB Excavator (1981-83)
K-42 Traxcavator Road Ripper 1979 Traxcavator Yellow & black Traxcavator, Road Ripper (1979-1981)
K-43 Log Transporter 1981 Mercedes-Benz NEW Blue & brown Log Transporter (1981)
K-44 Bridge Transporter Ford NEW Tan & red Bridge Layer (1981-85 Truck)
K-48 Mercedes 350 SLC Mercedes-Benz Silver & black Mercedes 350 SLC (19814 Silver)
K-49 Ambulance Generic White & red Ambulance (1973)
K-50 Street Rod Generic Green & black Street Rot (1974-81 K-50)
K-53 Hot Fire Engine Generic Red Hot Fire Engine (1976-81)
K-57 Javelin Drag Race Pack American Motors + Ford Red & yellow & green
K-61/1 Mercedes Police Car Mercedes-Benz White Mercedes 350 SLC (K61 Police)
K-61/2 Mercedes Polizei Car Mercedes-Benz White & green Mercedes 350 SLC (K61 Polizei)
K-64 Fire Control Range Rover Range Rover Red Range Rover Fire Control (1979-81 Super Kings K-64)
K-65 Plymouth Emergency Recue Plymouth Red & white Plymouth Emergency Rescue (1978-82)
K-66 Jaguar Police Set Jaguar + Honda + Honda White (+ chequered stripes) Jaguar XJ12 Police Car (K-66 chequered version)
K-67 Dodge Monaco Fire Chief Dodge Red & white 7967 Dodge Monaco Fire Chief Car R
K-67/2 Dodge Monaco Hackensack Dodge
K-68 Dodge Monaco and Trailer Dodge Tan Dodge Monaco and Trailer (K-68 1978-81)
K-69 Jaguar and Caravan Jaguar Red + white & tan Jaguar and Europa Caravan (1981 K-69)
K-70 Porsche Turbo 1980 Porsche Green Porsche Turbo (K-70, green)
K-71 Porsche Police Set 1981 Porsche NEW White & green Porsche Police Set (1979 K-71)
K-72 Brabham Formula 1 Brabham Red Brabham F1 (1979-81)
K-73 Surtees F.1 Surtees White & red Surtees F1 (K73 79-81)
K-74 Volvo Estate 1980 Volvo Red Volvo Estate (1980-1981)
K-75/1 Airport Rescue (UK) Plymouth Yellow & white Airport Fire Tender (K-75 UK)
K-75/2 Airport Rescue (France) Plymouth Yellow & white Airport Fire Tender (K-75 France)
K-75/3 Airport Rescue (Germany) Plymouth Yellow & white Airport Fire Tender (K-75 Germany)
K-76 Volvo Rally Support Volvo+Datsun White+Green Volvo Rally Support (K-76)
K-77/1 Highway Rescue (UK) Plymouth White Highway Rescue (1980-82 K-77)
K-77/2 Highway Rescue (France) Plymouth White
K-77/3 Highway Rescue (Germany) Plymouth White Plymouth Trail Duster (K-77)
K-78 U.S. Police Car 1980 Plymouth Black US Police Car (K-78-Germany)
K-79 Plymouth Gran Fury Taxi 1980 Plymouth Yellow Plymouth Gran Fury TAXI (1979-1983)
K-80 Dodge Custom Van 1980 Dodge Blue Dodge Custom Van (K-80)
K-81 Suzuki Motorcycle 1981 Suzuki Red & white Suzuki (K-81 1981-83)
K-82 BMW Motorcycle 1981 BMW Black BMW Motor-Cycle (1981-82 K-82)
K-83 Harley Davidson 1981 Harley Davidson White
K-84 Peugeot 305 1981 Peugeot NEW Blue
K-87 Tractor and Rotary Rake 1981 Massey Ferguson NEW Orange & yellow

Battle KingsEdit

Adventure 2000Edit


900 RangeEdit

There were 22 models in the 1981 Matchbox 900 Range.[1]

Model No. [1] Model Name [1] First Year Released Brand Special Features Color [1] Photo
TP-1 Mercedes Truck & Trailer Mercedes-Benz IMS International Haulage Blue & yellow Mercedes Trailer (TP-1 Blue)
TP-2 Long Petrol Tanker Leyland EXON Red & white Petrol Tanker (TP-2)
TP-3 Javelin and Pony Trailer American Motors & generic Green + tan Image Not Available
TP-4 Holiday Set Maserati & Eccles Blue + yellow & orange Image Not Available
TP-5 Weekender Ford & Bertram PHANTOM Blue & white Image Not Available
TP-6 Breakdown Truck and Mini Generic & Mini Green + red Image Not Available
TP-7 Jeep and Glider Trailer Jeep & generic GLIDING CLUB Red Image Not Available
TP-8 Field Car and Honda International & Honda HONDA Yellow, black & green Field Car- Honda Trailer (TP-8)
TP-9 Field Car and Racing Car International & generic 44 Orange & black Image Not Available
TP-11 Tractor & Hay Trailer 1979 Ford & generic Grren + yellow & black Image Not Available
TP-16 Articulated Truck and Trailer Generic Image Not Available
TP-17 Tanker & Trailer Generic & generic SHELL White & yellow Two Pack TP-17 (Tanker Truck Tanker Trailer)
TP-18 Water Sporter Volkswagen & generic SEA FIRE Red & white VW Golf-Boat transporter (TP-18)
TP-19 Cattle Truck and Trailer 1979 Dodge & generic Red & cream Image Not Available
TP-20 Diesel Shunter and Side-Tipper 1979 Generic & generic D 1496-RF Yellow & red Shunter Two pack
TP-21 Citroen and Motorcycle Trailer 1979 Citroen & generic YAMAHA Blue & yellow Image Not Available
TP-22 Long Haul Double Container Truck 1979 Peterbilt OCL Red,black & cream Peterbilt Container Truck (TP-22)
TP-23 Long Haul Covered Container Truck 1979 Peterbilt Firestone Red & white Peterbilt Long Haul (Two Pack)
TP-24 Long Haul Box Container Truck 1979 Peterbilt MATCHBOX Red, white & yellow Peterbild Box Truck (TP-24)
TP-25 Long Haul Truck and Pipe Trailer 1979 Peterbilt Green, grey & red Peterbilt Pipe Truck (TP-25)
TP-26 Long Haul Boat Transporter and Boat 1981 Leyland Blue, grey, cream & red Boat Transporter (TP-26)
TP-27 Steam Loco and Caboose 1981 Generic Green, black & cream Passenger Coach (TP-27)

Models of YesteryearEdit

Model No. [1] Model Name [1] First Year Released Brand Special Features [1] Color [1] Photo
Y-1 1936 Jaguar SS100 Jaguar Green
Y-2 1914 Prince Henry Vauxhall Vauxhall Red, grey & black
Y-3 1934 Riley M.P.H. Riley Blue
Y-4 1930 Duesenberg Model J Duesenberg Green
Y-5/1 1927 Talbot Van Talbot LIPTON'S TEA Green & black 1927 Talbot Van (Y-5, Lipton's Tea)
Y-5/2 1927 Talbot Van Talbot Menier Blue & black
Y-5/3 1927 Talbot Van Talbot Taystee Yellow & black 1981 y5-4
Y-6 1920 Rolls-Royce Fire Engine Rolls-Royce Red 1980 y6
Y-7 1912 Rolls Royce Rolls-Royce Yellow & black 1912 Rolls-Royce (1979-83 Y-7)
Y-8 1945 MG TC MG Red & tan
Y-9 1912 Simplex Simplex Red, black & yellow
Y-10 1906 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Rolls-Royce Silver
Y-11 1938 Lagonda Lagonda Cream & black
Y-12/1 1912 Ford Model T Ford COLEMAN'S MUSTARD Yellow & black
Y-12/2 1912 Ford Model T Ford SUZE Yellow & black
Y-13 1918 Crossley Coal Cart Crossley Red & black 1980 y13
Y-14 1931 Stutz Bearcat Stutz White & green Stutz Bearcat (1981-84)
Y-15 1930 Packard Victoria Packard Black, red & white 1930 Packard Victoria
Y-16 1928 Mercedes Benz 'SS' Mercedes-Benz Blue & white
Y-17 1938 Hispano Suiza Hispano Suiza Grey & blue
Y-18 1937 Cord 812 Cord Red & white
Y-19 1936 Auburn Speedster Auburn Green & black
Y-20 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Mercedes-Benz Silver & black
Y-21 1929 Woody Wagon Ford Yellow, black & blue


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Matchbox Catalogue 1981/82
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2, MB75 Yearly Standard Range of Regular Models = 1981 Retrieved 2 January 2018

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