Matchbox 1-75: MB38 Ford Model A Van - Shenandoah Valley Steam & Gas Engine Association 40th

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This model is the Matchbox MB38 Ford Model A Van in White. It was released as a special Limited Edition promotional item by Ad-Ventures Inc. for the Shenandoah Valley Steam & Gas Engine Association's 40th Anniversary.

Most detail is cast into the body. Detail includes the front engine louvres, the front doors, door handles and door hinges, the rear doors, handles and rear numberplate [KG6567]. The front and rear wheel arches and running boards are cast as a separate metal component and painted gloss black. The front bumper, front lights, and grille are also cast separately in plastic and chrome plated. The van sides are adorned with tampo printed advertising reading "Shenandoah Valley Steam and Gas Engine Association inc. www.svsgea.com" on several lines with a pictorial drawing. The black plastic roof has been tampo printed in Gold and reads "40th Anniversary, 2007" on three lines.

There is no interior as these models were never issued with interiors. The glazing is only present in the cab area and is a very dark grey (almost black) opaque plastic — there is no glazing in the rear door windows.

The baseplate is black plastic that fits inside the black metal body component housing the wheel arches. It is marked at the top centre "Matchbox", followed by "Model A Ford, © 1979 Mattel Inc, © 1979" in the centre middle, and "Made in China" at the centre bottom. It is held in place by two machined rivets, one at the front and one at the rear. Note: The underside of the running boards are tampo printed in white with "0059 EA" which may be a production number or order number.

All wheels are of the "Superfast" type - one piece plastic hub and tyre component, with a separate chrome and black "dot dash" 10 spoke hub insert.

This model was issued in 2007 as a limited edition. It comes in a plain white box, printed on 3 sides and the end flaps with "Special Limited Edition Die Cast Collectible" and Ad-Ventures data and carrying a white paper label on the 4th side identifying the model as a "Limited Edition Matchbox" item produced for the Shenandoah Valley Steam & Gas Engine Association Inc's 40th Anniversary in 2007.

Item: 3011