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The Matchbox

1957 Classic Thunderbird List

          Originally published February 1999 
 
 

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Basic characteristics: Convertible style, continental kit on extended bumper, windshield, hood does not open; chromed wheels & tires all the same size, steering wheel attached to plastic interior insert.  Chassis is marked "Matchbox" "1957 Thunderbird" "1/63" 
Premiere Collection basics: white wall tires, chrome styled wheels; interior seats 2-toned; clear windshield; trim silver painted including windshield trim & door handles; headlights painted silver; front parking lights painted orange; rear lights painted red w/silver trim; rear license plate; chromed chassis
From 2003 on - Chassis is now plastic and colored.. Marked: Matchbox in oval,  1988, Mattel Made In China


 
Model # - Name Photo Year of Production Where Made Description
#42 1982 England   Red w/white interior; standard Matchbox wheels; black-wall tires; clear windshield; bright finish metal chassis - 1982 mold date
#42 1982 England  White? does it really exist?
#42 1983 Macau Cream upper and red lower w/red interior; black t-bird emblem on hood - script "Thunder Bird" on trunk; standard Matchbox wheels; black-wall tires; yellow-tint windshield; chassis painted grey; 1982 mold date
#42 1986 China Black w/red interior; standard Matchbox wheels - black-wall tires; yellow-tint windshield - 1982 mold date
#1086 - Free Wheeling Bonus 1986 Macau as above black; in pack with another car and "launcher" 
Chubby's Diner 1995 China Turquoise w/white interior; "Chubby's Diner" in yellow &  black on trunk; standard Matchbox wheels - black-wall tires; clear windshield; grey painted chassis; 1988 mold date
Matchbox Railroad #MT 2489 1995 China Lite blue (may be turquoise) w/white interior & blue seat inserts; trim detailed; white wall tires w/ chromed styled wheels; Limited edtion w/ HO train set and 57 Chevy
Patsy Cline - Premiere Edition 1996 China Red w/white interior; white letters: "Patsy Cline" on doors;  "Always Patsy" on hood; "celebrating Patsy 1996" on trunk;  standard Matchbox wheels - black-wall tires; clear windshield; chromed chassis; 1988 mold date
#60032 American 
 Street Machines
1996 China Blue toned Pearl white w/red interior; standard Matchbox wheels - black-wall tires; clear windshield; chromed chassis;  1988 mold date ; in 5 pak
Premiere Collection: World Class Series #3 box #34362-1 1996 China Black w/red interior; yellow license plate  w/black letters "7-BIRD"; seats red w/"pink" inserts; black box in blister pak
Premiere collection: Select Class Series #3; box # 34368-1 1996/97 China Red w/white interior; red seat inserts; blue license plate w/white letters "7-BIRD;" black box in blister pak
Premiere Collection: World Class Series #6 1997 China Metallic Red w/white interior; red seat inserts; white license plate w/black letters "7-BIRD;" black box in blister pak
Premiere Collection: World Class Series #11 -  Hot Rod Collection 1997 China Dark blue w/orange & yellow flames printed on sides; white interior w/blue seat inserts; red license plate w/white letters; pink box in blister pak
Gold Collection 1997 China Pearl white w/ red interior & "pink" seat inserts; detailed same as Premieres; red license plate w/white letters; in triangular display box w/certificate and gold medallion: 1 of 5000
Premiere Collection: World Class Series #17 - Classic Muscle Collection 1998 China Yellow w/black interior & white seat inserts; green license plate w/white letters "HOT 57;"  medium blue box in blister pak
Premiere Collection: World Class Series #20 - Street Machines Collection 1998
China
Metallic grey w/blue interior & white seat inserts; blue eagle head w/ 2 lines streaking to the rear along the sides;  yellow license plate w/black letters "CRUZIN"; blue box in blister pak
XXX Premiere Nostalgia Packaging  . 1998 China Package oddity.  There was no Thunderbird in the "Nostaligia collection" but the packages were printed with the nose of a red 1955 Thunderbird.  Cars included in this series ranged from a 1955 Chevy to a 1990s Dodge Viper.  Tbird graphic was found with a 1957 black & white Corvette.
White's Guide "Collecting Figures" magazine - "Car of the Month #3" 1999 China Red w/white interior; white letters "February 1999" on  trunk & "White's Guide Car of the Month #3" on  hood, standard wheels, black wall tires, clear windshield, & chromed chassis. 1988 mold date.
Star Cars: 
 Happy Days
1999 China Pink w/pink inserts in white interior "Pinky" on door & "Happy Days" on hood; Avon exclusive. white cont'l kit, chrome bumpers; standard MB wheels.
1957 Thunderbird
 #16 Great Drivers Series
2000 China yellow; topless; grey interior
1957 Thunderbird
 #16 Great Drivers Series
2000 China VARIATION of above Matchbox; yellow; topless; grey interior;  "Matchbox 2000" printed on cont'l kit - limited to 10,000
Elvis Presley Graceland diorama 2001 China yellow,  like 2000 version but with more detail and white wall tires; chrome bumpers & chassis;
Crazy for the Bloom Patsy 
 Cline
. 2001 China red convertible;  "Crazy for the Bloom" on trunk; box marked:  May 2001 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. 
MB 2002 SALMON RIVER  . 2002 China MATCHBOX 2002 SALMON RIVER 1957 TBIRD 
MB USA Thunderbird 2002 China red white & blue; in 3-pak; exclusive to Toys R Us, Part of 50 States series; representing the USA.
1957 Ford Thunderbird -  My Classic Cars" series 2003 China red convertible with chrome cont'l kit, tan interior; 
Blue's Clues 57 T-bird 2004 China yellow/orange with pink interior and bumpers; yellow windshield; in 5-pak of cars.
Blue's Clues 57 T-bird 2004 China Purple; pink interior and bumpers; yellow windshield; same graphics as above; in single pack
Ford Thunderbird #27 2004 China Yellow with blue chassis;  red interior; in the Around the World series, #27, with dice on sides. "Las Vegas
Ford Thunderbird #1 A  MB042 superfast 2005 China pink with white interior; Superfast; comes with box with graphics of blue 57
Ford Thunderbird #1 Superfast 2005 China light blue metallic with white interior; comes with box with graphics of blue 57; ROW~ foreign issue
Ford Thunderbird; pak#5 Burger Zone 2005 China or
Thailand
red metallic with white interior; topless; continental kit; in 5-pak,  released in May; 
Ford Thunderbird Superfast 2005 China hot pink with white interior; topless; chrome continental kit & bumpers; wide whitewall tires, in 6-pak in exclusive-to-Target tin box
Ford Thunderbird Classics 2006 China black and white with white interior; topless; continental kit; lace wheels; black wall tires; chrome chassis; in 5-pack with other classics
Ford Thunderbird Superfast #1 of 75 2006/2007 China White; black interior; topless; cont'l kit;  2007 model released just before Christmas 2006; on card, packaged with box with t-bird graphic. chrome bumpers, 5 spoke wheels.
Ford Thunderbird #27 of 75 2007 China Yellow; white interior; #27 of 75 ; chrome chassis; new 3-spoke wheel; smoke windshield
SpongeBob Squarepants Thunderbird
K9774
2007 China Chartreuse green; red interior; chrome chassis; clear windshield; cartoon graphics on sides; comes in 5 pak with other cars
USA Classics 1957 Ford Thunderbird 2007 China Blue with white interior; in 5-pak with 4 other cars.
1957 Ford Thunderbird 2008 Thailand Light Blue with white interior, in 10 pak with exclusive colors to 10 pack.; 3 spoke wheels; smoke windshield
1957 Ford Thunderbird 2008 ? red with orange lower half of body and Nickelodeon graphics;  in 5 pack
1957 Ford Thunderbird "Fairly Odd Parents" 2009 Thailand lime green  with purple pink interior; released October 2009 in Nickelodean series "Fairly Odd Parents"; 5 pack of cars
1957 Ford Thunderbird "Mickey Mouse Club" 2010 Thailand green with white interior; graphics on side include MM & "Camping with Friends is Fun"; word circle around badge says "sit in a circle around the campfire"; grey plastic chassis; clear windshield; released August 2010 in 5 pack "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse"; asst  #K9774,  R0615-0910 

 

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