75 Challenge

In 1997 Tyco Toys the owners of the Matchbox brand at the time released this range of gold painted models taken from the 1996 & 1997 range. Each model was limited to just 10,000 models as this sub series was in response to the Hot Wheels Treasure Hunt vehicles.

Each model had no tampo or other detailing but could be found in various shades of gold (from light to dark), included a black interior and clear windows.
Originally released one per carton in the normal distribution run, this was stopped when Mattel took over Tyco and decided to put the series on hold.

In 1998 Mattel, the new owners of the Matchbox brand took the decision to release the remaining models and these were sold via KB Toys & Toys R Us in the USA

All models were released in the individual blister pack with the exception of No.s 55 & 70; these two models were only available in a 10 piece start pack.

The rarest of the models was the #04 1957 Chevy, this model was considered the true chase and could only be obtained by taking a picture of yourself with 5 of the gold models and send that to Tyco; in late 1997 the company held a prize draw in which 750 people were chosen to receive this model as their reward.

Blister Pack
MB129-14 : 4x4 Chevrolet Blazer

 

Model No. Model Name <click to enlarge>
01 Dodge Viper GTS  
02 Corvette Grand Sport  
03 Alfa Romeo 155  
04-Winner ’57 Chevy (Contest Winners)  
04 1997 Corvette  
05 4×4 Jeep  
06 Excavator MB032-16 : Atlas Excavator
07 Ford Thunderbird  
08 Mazda RX-7  
09 Earth Mover MB209-09 : Faun Dump Truck
10 Dodge Viper RT/10  
11 Chrysler Atlantic  
12 Audi Avus  
13 The Buster  
14 1987 Corvette  
15 Mustang Mach III  
16 Ford LTD Police Car  
17 Ferrari 456 GT  
18 Fire Engine  
19 Peterbilt Cement Truck  
20 1997 Firebird Formula  
21 GMC Wrecker  
22 Lamborghini Diablo  
23 Volvo Container Truck  
24 Ferrari F-40  
25 BMW Z3  
26 Chevy Van 4×4  
27 Tailgator  
28 Mitsubishi Spyder  
29 Tractor Shovel  
30 Toyota Supra  
31 Jaguar XJ220  
32 1962 Chevy Corvette  
33 Utility Truck  
34 Plymouth Prowler  
35 Mercedes GTC  
36 Refuse Truck  
37 Jeep 4×4  
38 Corvette Stingray III  
39 Ford Bronco  
40 Camaro SS  
41 Cosmic Blues  
42 Mobile Crane  
43 Camaro Z-28  
44 Ford Probe  
45 Highway Maintenance Truck  
46 Mission Chopper  
47 School Bus  
48 1956 Ford Pickup Truck  
49 VW Concept Car  
50 MB129 : 4×4 Chevy Blazer MB129-14 : 4x4 Chevrolet Blazer
51 Ambulance  
52 Ford Escort  
53 Rhino Rod  
54 Crown Victoria Police Car  
55 Ford Flareside Pickup  
56 Vauxhall Frontera  
57 Mack Auxiliary Power Truck  
58 Corvette T Roof  
59 Camaro Police Pursuit  
60 Helicopter  
61 Nissan 300ZX  
62 Street Streak  
63 Snorkel Fire Engine  
64 Bulldozer  
65 Ford F-150 Pickup  
66 Opel Calibra DTM  
67 Lamborghini Countach LP 500PS  
68 Stinger  
69 1968 Mustang Cobra Jet  
70 Pontiac GTO  
71 Cobra Mustang  
72 Chevy K-1500 Pickup  
73 Rotwheeler  
74 Formula 1  
75 Ferrari F50  

 

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