Matchbox 1-75: MB38 Ford Model A Van - Strasburg Mayfest 2004

Click on any photo to see a larger version...


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 Strasburg Mayfest – 150 Years of Railroads.

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 "Strasburg Mayfest 2004" on three lines with a pictorial drawing of a railway caboose (guard's Van). The doors are printed with "May 15-16 Strasburg, VA" in purple text on two lines and the cab roof has been tampo printed in purple and reads "150 Years of RAILROADS" over an image of railway tracks.

There is no interior as these models were never issued with interiors. The glazing is only present in the cab area and is a clear 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, Matchbox Int'l Ltd, © 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 "1490 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 2004 as a limited edition. It comes in a plain white box, blank on 3 sides and carrying a white paper label on the 4th side identifying the model as a "Limited Edition Matchbox Model A Truck" produced for the Strasburg Mayfest 2004, 150 Years of Railroads, May 15-16, Strasburg, VA.

Item: 3010