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How To Read Batch Numbers

Example 1109BJ

110 - The first three numbers are the day of the year the car was produced, in this case 110 = April 19.

9 - The last number in the digits is the ending of the year, in this case 9 = 1999. If the four digit number ends with an 8, then the car was made in 1998.

BJ - The factory in China where the car was manufactured. So far, the factories are only known as BJ, EA and ME. I have only found one model produced at ME, the Kenworth T-2000. All others seem to be manufactured at BJ or EA.


My Thoughts

If you look closely at the batch numbers, you can see that Mattel was producing the 1998 Matchbox line way into 1999. After promising the 1-100's for 1999 that we all have been waiting on, Mattel still insisted on filling the shelves with 1998 models. A few of last years models are now being produced with small variations. With the batch numbering system, it is easier to pick these out, if nothing else.


As of the last update, this is the revised location index we are using.


Location Of Batch Numbers
Many collectors are finding different locations for batch numbers on many vehicles, so we are going to attempt to index where they are found. This index will be changed frequently to keep it updated, so please bear with us.

EXAMPLE: 3389BJ-UC-(4)

DATE - FACTORY - LOCATION - DIFFERENT LOCATIONS ON CAR 
 
3389     BJ         UC       4 different locations      

SYMBOL   LOCATION              SYMBOL   LOCATION  
R     =  REAR                  F     =  FRONT
RA    =  REAR AXLE             FA    =  FRONT AXLE
UC    =  UNDER CHINA           AC    =  ABOVE CHINA
LC    =  LEFT OF CHINA         RC    =  RIGHT OF CHINA
UMB   =  UNDER MATCHBOX        AMB   =  ABOVE MATCHBOX
LMB   =  LEFT OF MATCHBOX      RMB   =  RIGHT OF MATCHBOX
UMIL  =  UNDER MB INT'L LTD    AMIL  =  ABOVE MB INT'L LTD 
UCN   =  UNDER CAR NAME        ACN   =  ABOVE CAR NAME
LCN   =  LEFT OF CAR NAME      RCN   =  RIGHT OF CAR NAME
BS    =  BELOW SCALE           AS    =  ABOVE SCALE
LS    =  LEFT OF SCALE         RS    =  RIGHT OF SCALE
AY    =  ABOVE YEAR            BY    =  BELOW YEAR                    
BCS   =  BELOW CRANKSHAFT      ACS   =  ABOVE CRANKSHAFT
T     =  TRAILER               S     =  SKID
UMI   =  UNDER MATTEL INC      AMI   =  ABOVE MATTEL INC
LMI   =  LEFT OF MATTEL INC    RMI   =  RIGHT OF MATTEL INC