Matchbox Superfast Flying Bug

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2015-06-26 10:39:12

The Matchbox Superfast Flying Bug is a vintage model car produced by the British company Lesney Products during the 1970s as part of the celebrated Matchbox range of vehicles.

Background

The Matchbox Superfast range was created in 1968/69, as a way of competing with the popular Mattel range of Hot Wheels cars. Lesney retooled the factory and began to produce models with thinner axels and free-rolling ‘Mag’ wheels, along with suspension, which would allow the cars to go faster than RW (Regular Wheels) models.

The Flying Bug was produced from 1972 until 1975, when it was replaced in the range with the car transporter.

The Matchbox Superfast Flying Bug

The Flying Bug is a reproduction of a VW Beetle, complete with a large rear fin/spoiler and two large jets on the roof. The front windscreen is open, and the car contains an over-sized head of a driver in a metal helmet.

It was produced in a metallic red finish, with grey windows, yellow jets and a black-and-white decal sticker on the bonnet featuring a German cross. As it is part of the Superfast range, it has the thinner wheels and axels built to make it go faster than standard models.

How much is a Matchbox Superfast Flying Bug worth?

The Flying Bug is a popular model within the Superfast range, but the value of a model depends heavily on its condition.

The most sought after Matchbox cars are those with their original boxes, and as such a mint or near-mint condition Flying Bug model in its box can sell for up to £10 on auction sites such as eBay.

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