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This set comprises three Matchbox Yesteryear Y5-4-D-2 Talbot Vans (1927) in yellow liveries. The models come packed in their original straw coloured boxes. The set is an Official Code 2 set released by The American Bakeries Company in May 1980. It is the second issue containing the Taystee Bread van with labels printed by American Bakeries, with permission from Lesney, when they ran out of the factory produced Taystee models. These labels are clearly different from the factory produced labels which had a white outline around the red oval containing the name. Another difference is that the American Bakeries produced labels are rectangular and have square edges whereas the Lesney produced labels have a rounded top side.
The model has no opening parts other than the rear doors which are painted in the body colour, yellow. The vehicle roofs are black, the seats are black plastic, and the tool box lid is brass coloured. There is no glazing.
Coded to the 2002 Yesteryear Book
Body Colour: Yellow & Yellow chassis
Seats: Black plastic
Steering Wheel: Black plastic
Wheel Hubs: 12 spoke, Dark Red
Plated Parts: Chrome
Box Type: I - straw box
Other Comments/Identifying Features: The models have the decals on each side, "Langendorf" or "Merita" in a red oval with white outline and "Taystee" in a red oval without the white outline. Below this each label has "Old Fashioned, Enriched Bread" in black text on two lines. All labels are rectangular with sharp, square corners.
The base plate on all models is yellow painted metal and is held in place by three machined rivets. It is marked "Made in England" under the left running board, "Matchbox, © 1978 No Y-5, Models of Yesteryear, 1927 Talbot Van" on 4 lines to the centre of the base, and "Lesney Products & Co. Ltd" on the underside of the right running board in each case.
Issued in May 1980 with a stated scale of 1:47 for each model.