Lesney Matchbox Superfast #69 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Coupe
Introduced into the lineup in 1969, chances are quite likely this was originally meant to sport regular wheels but was never issued with them. Though there are various minute variations regarding interior, tonneau cover and base colours, the three I have in my collection represent the major variations and all the paint colours.
Let's begin with the earliest one which is blue. All of these had an orange-brown interior, tan tonneau cover, small wheel arches and thin wheels. Bases were either flat black, gloss black, and much harder to find are both light yellow and dark yellow. This model is the most common one and was made in 1969 and 1970. 1971 saw the first change when the blue gave way to dark gold. This version has the most variations including orange-brown or ivory interiors, tan or black tonneau covers, small or large wheel openings, and thin or wide wheels. Bases were black, light yellow, dark yellow, tan, silver-grey, light or dark charcoal. The final version generally is the most difficult to find as it was made for the shortest amount of time which was part of 1972. These are painted lime-gold and all of them came with the ivory interior and black tonneau cover as well as wide wheels with large wheel arches. Bases generally came in silver-grey, charcoal, black, yellow, or tan.
Oldest to most recent 1969-70, 1971-early 1972, 1972.
Black, charcoal, and silver-grey bases. Blue model has thin wheels, the gold ones have wide wheels.
Large and small wheel arches.
There were two box styles for this model, the 'F' and 'G'. Both boxes depict the blue model. I only have the 'G' version which you can see in the top two photos in this article. There were no boxes illustrating either gold model.