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This model is the Matchbox Yesteryear Y22-1-D-1 Ford Model A Van (1930) in Isle of Man TT 1989 livery. Produced as a commissioned model in a limited edition, the model was issued to coincide with the 1988 Isle of Man TT Races, probably by Mervyn Wynne, who also organised the release of several MB38 Ford Model A vans for the races between 1986 and 1992. This model comes packed in its original maroon coloured box and accompanied by a certificate identifying this as model #256 of an unstated quantity.
The model has no opening parts. The vehicle roof is red, the seats are fawn plastic, the cab roof type is raised panel Type "2", the rear van roof is the new type "C" plastic roof. The decals are specially designed - a representation of the island on the front doors and a black, gold, red, and white rear body decal that reads "May 29 - June 9 1989, Isle Of Man, TT" on three lines. The glazing is clear.
Coded to the 2002 Yesteryear Book
Body Colour: Light cream body & bright red chassis
Cab Roof: Cream "Type 2" (raised panel effect) - one piece metal casting covering both cab and van body
Rear Canopy: Glossy Red "Type C" plastic roof
Radiator: one piece plastic unit. Pale brass plastic grille surround and front lights
Seats: Fawn plastic
Steering Wheel: Black plastic
Wheel Hubs: Gold, 24 spoke, plastic
Plated Parts: Pale brass colour
Box Type: J - maroon box
Other Comments/Identifying Features: The model has clear glazing all round, pale brass grille with molded number plate(?) [6L 31 27 on upper line and CAL 35 on the lower line] with corresponding rear number plate [6L 31 27]. The base plate is held in place with one rivet and two body tabs, has a 3mm hole cast behind the "gearbox" housing and is stamped Y21 Models of Yesteryear.
This Code 3 Promotional model was issued in 1989 as a limited edition of an unknown quantity. The model is accompanied by a certificate identifying it as model 256 issued to commemorate the 1989 Isle of Man TT races, and a white label label, with black lettering reading "Promotional Model, Limited Edition, No. 256, Label Not Applied, By Matchbox" on 5 lines on the box header. It has a stated scale of 1:40.