Matchbox Yesteryear: Y05-4-D-2 Talbot Van (1927) - Royal Wedding 1981 Souvenir - Code 3?

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This model is the Matchbox Yesteryear Y5-4-D-2 Talbot Van (1927) in yellow. It was issued to commemorate the 1981 Royal Wedding and comes packed in the original straw coloured box. It is known to have been issued in at least three colours and there may be more than 3 versions as three different colours of text were used on the labels — silver, red and black being known to me. This yellow model is a Code 3 model using the Taystee model as the donor model (the shape of the Taystee decals is visible under the new label.

The model has no opening parts other than the rear doors which are painted in the body colour, yellow. The vehicle roof is 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
Roof: Black
Radiator: Chrome
Seats: Black plastic
Steering Wheel: Black plastic
Wheel Hubs: 12 spoke, Dark Red
Tyres: Whitewall
Plated Parts: Chrome
Box Type: I - straw box
Other Comments/Identifying Features: The model has the Royal Wedding labels on each side, with black "Royal Wedding, 29th July 1981" on two lines on a  yellow background and black "Prince of Wales Feathers" on one side and "Dragon Badge" on the other side on yellow backgrounds.

The base plate black 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.

Issued in 1981 with a stated scale of 1:47.

Item: 3214