Matchbox Yesteryear: Y12-3-B-1 Ford Model T Van (1912) - Rayleigh [Code 2]

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This model is the Matchbox Yesteryear Y12-3-B-1 Ford Model T Van (1912) in yellow Rayleigh Model Collectors Extravaganza livery. It comes packed in the original straw coloured box. This is an Offical Code 2 model. Given the number of possible variations, I have coded this model as a Rayleigh issue 2a (type 2 decal, line under cab side window, red rear lights, dark red hubs) for the purposes of recording my collection.

There were 1000 models made by CR Promotions, ie. Chris & Jo Roper from Bridgenorth Shropshire. Chris has explained that when they started making the model they found problems matching up the model's tampo front line to the line on his label (as this can move up and down a few m/m) so he decided after making 100 of the code 2 models, he re-drew the label so we have two variations, one with the front line on the decal (100 models made) and the other 900 models without the front line on the decal.

Ray McKay, a leading member of the South East of England Diecast Club obtained permission from Lesney Products to make a Code 2 model to promote the club's toy show on the 28th of March, 1981. The artwork and labels came from Chris Roper, a Matchbox dealer in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, trading as A & J Models. Chris was, at the time, working on the "Ironbridge" Code 2 model. Half the production quantity was made by Ray McKay and the other half by Chris Roper. The donor models were all "Coleman's" vans and a disclaimer label was stuck to the base plate of each model stating that they were "Manufacturers Original Models used for Promotional Purposes".

Chris encountered problems with the models as it was proving hard to match up his labels to the tampo printed horizontal lines on the donor models. After labeling 100 models he was forced to redraw and reprint new labels, leaving out one half of the centre horizontal line. To overcome the same problem it is believed Mr McKay wiped away the horizontal line beneath the oval side window. The remaining 900 models, of the total 1000 "Rayleigh" models issued, carry this type 2 decal (without half the horizontal centre line).

The model has no opening parts. The vehicle roof is black, the seats are black plastic, the rear door type is Type "1". There is no glazing.

Coded to the 2002 Yesteryear Book

Body Colour: Yellow body & Black chassis
Roof: Black
Radiator: Gold
Seats: Black plastic
Steering Wheel: Black plastic
Wheel Hubs: 12 spoke, Dark Red
Tyres: Black
Plated Parts: Gold colour
Box Type: I - straw coloured box
Other Comments/Identifying Features: The model has RED Type 1 rear doors (single line tampo), red rear lights and "Y12" on the baseplate. It carries Type 2 "Rayleigh" decals. The baseplate is held in place by three machined rivets and carries the disclaimer notice discussed above. The box also carries a third party label stating "Manufacturers Original Model Used For Promotional Purposes. Labels Not Applied By Lesney Products" on five lines.

Issued in 1981 with a stated scale of 1:35.

Item: 3270

 


    This model is the Matchbox Yesteryear Y12-3-B-1 Ford Model T Van(1912) in yellow Rayleigh Model Collectors Extravaganza livery. It comes packed in the original straw coloured box. This is an Offical Code 2 model. Given the number of possible variations, I have coded this model as a Rayleigh issue 3b (type 2 decal, no line under cab side window, black rear lights, bright red hubs) for the purposes of recording my collection.

    The model has no opening parts. The vehicle roof is black, the seats are black plastic, the rear door type is Type "1". There is no glazing.

    Coded to the 2002 Yesteryear Book

    Body Colour: Yellow body & Black chassis
    Roof: Black
    Radiator: Gold
    Seats: Black plastic
    Steering Wheel: Black plastic
    Wheel Hubs: 12 spoke, Bright Red
    Tyres: Black
    Plated Parts: Gold colour
    Box Type: I - straw coloured box
    Other Comments/Identifying Features: The model has RED Type 1 rear doors (single line tampo), black rear lights and "Y12" on the baseplate. It carries Type 2 "Rayleigh" decals. The baseplate is held in place by three machined rivets and carries the disclaimer notice discussed above. The box also carries a third party label stating "Manufacturers Original Model Used For Promotional Purposes." on three lines and the number "733" on a fourth line to the right bottom of the label.

    Issued in 1981 with a stated scale of 1:35.

    Item: 3402