Saturday, October 31, 2015

#606 MATCHBOX CHOPPERS - STINGEROO, CHOP SUEY and JUMBO JET (Nr. 38d, 49c and 71d) (1972)


This three "chopper" motorbikes are a bit different from the other superfast models, which are mostly cars and trucks. By the early 70s, this kind of custom motorbikes were in trend and Matchbox decided to include these models in its 1-75 series. The three models belong somehow together because they are similar and each has the head of an animal: either a horse, an elephant or a cow/buffalo.



They were initially intended to be 6 models, but only 3 were released. They also came originally with chromed handlebars, but the paint chipped off very easily, and common versions came without that part chromed. However, motor, exhaust pipes, and other parts are chromed and degrade easily. Handlebars are also fragile and need to be observed to check the condition of the model.
Models with chromed handlebars are real rarities today.



All are dated in 1972 (see bases). All were discontinued in 1976.




FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: STINGEROO, CHOP SUEY and JUMBO JET (Nr. 38d, 49c and 71d)
  • Scale: Around 1:36
  • Year: 1972
  • Company: Matchbox (Great Britain)
  • Size: approx. 7 cm

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