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Matchbox MG 1100, upgrade

by Peter
Categories: Cars, Diecast models, Matchbox, MG
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This article is not only about the Matchbox MG 1100 but also after having a few questions send to me about upgrades, I can hopefully answer these as well.

My latest model that came today is an upgrade of my blue Superfast version of the MG 1100 and I wasn’t even really looking for one, I was after something else, but seeing I had already bought from the same seller on Ebay, it seemed a good idea to buy another and save a bit on postage.

Now to answer the first question I had which was “Why upgrade, why not just buy the better version first?” the easy answer is money, mint versions of all older models command high prices and to get all the series models would cost fortunes in one hit, I’ve been collecting for about 4 years and started with the idea of getting just the one’s that I had as a kid, this went to collecting all of the 1 to 75 series of regular wheels but couldn’t afford to lay out much so started to buy low cost vehicles on Ebay and job lots cheaply and although not all were of use they mostly filled some of the gaps.

I stopped for a year and also moved so they stayed in packing boxes for 6 months and only now have a whole room for them and I am starting up adding and upgrading to the collection.

Todays first picture shows the new MG against the one I had, new one on the left.

Even with the postage this one still only cost me £3.00 and harder to find than the older green regular wheel version for some reason, there is one on Ebay now in mint condition going for £22.00, far more than I would pay at present.

The green version I have is not as good as this one but came with 50 others as part of a job lot and probably only cost 20p as I paid £10 for the lot.

Others are even worse, the picture below show my previous green one that I still have and is on the code 3 shelf so is awaiting some work to it, the picture below shows both models, the one on the left being the one in my collection.

This brings me to the second question what do I do with the rough one’s and those damaged that I get, some I sell on ebay some are renovated as code 3 models and the really bad ones are in my diecast scrap box and are either kept as donors or will be melted down for the metal (yes I do have some that bad) my total collection runs to over a 1000 diecast models with probably only 600 to 700 hundred in my actual collection (I’m not sure, I haven’t counted them) the rest are either for sale, or for renovation or otherwise, that said I’m still a long way from a full collection..

So there you are, hopefully answered the questions above now for the actual model details.

The MG 1100 was released around 1966 in green with regular black wheels and was released as a Superfast version in 1970 in blue metalic, as far as I know no other variations exist.

Updated May 2012

My third MG is the green damaged car above and has now been restored and painted.

To see the restoration article for this car  Click Here

Model details

MG 1100

No, 64

Colour, green for regular wheels or met blue for the Superfast

Year of release, 1966, SF1970

Country of origin, UK

Buying used models

There is always those that will buy what is known as ‘playworn’ models but there are always a few things to ask the seller if you take this route ( I do).

Superfast cars tend to get sold with bent axles and is fairly common with used Matchbox, hardly ever had a regular wheel version with bent axles.

The MG in particular ask if the tow hitch is still intact, lots get broken or worse chewed off by a previous owner.

Avoid out of focus pictures and go for what you can see in detail, this may help you a bit but with experience you learn far more, I still get the odd lemon but know a lot more these days.

The real car

The real car, the second of Alec Issigonis’ advanced front-wheel-drive designs for BMC, code named ADO16, was launched as the Morris 1100 in August 1962.  An Austin variant was offered the following year along with a more sporting, up-market variant in the form of the MG 1100.  This attractive little saloon was equipped to a higher standard than the Austin and Morris variants, and a twin carburettor installation giving 55bhp ensured a lively performance, rendering the car extremely appealing.  The hydrolastic suspension gave a level of comfort rarely found in a car of this size and the MG 1100 was to prove a great success, being available until 1968 when it was superseded by the 1300.

For more on the real car Click Here