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This model is the Matchbox Yesteryear Crossley (1918) in cream and black with light green cab tilt and rear tonneau. It is packed in its original type I straw coloured box. This is a Code 3 model based on the Y13-3-C-4 Carlsberg model and is a Limited Edition release to commemmorate the British Combined Services action in the Falkland Islands in 1982. This is issue 13 of 500 and comes in original packaging that has had a black label with red lettering that reads "Falkland Island Momento" added.
|The Falklands War (Spanish: Guerra de las Malvinas), also known as the Falklands Conflict, Falklands Crisis, and the Guerra del Atlántico Sur (Spanish for "South Atlantic War"), was a ten-week war between Argentina and the United Kingdom over two British overseas territories in the South Atlantic: the Falkland Islands, and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. It began on Friday, 2 April 1982, when Argentina invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands (and, the following day, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands) in an attempt to establish the sovereignty it had claimed over them. On 5 April, the British government dispatched a naval task force to engage the Argentine Navy and Air Force before making an amphibious assault on the islands. The conflict lasted 74 days and ended with the Argentine surrender on 14 June 1982, returning the islands to British control. In total, 649 Argentine military personnel, 255 British military personnel, and three Falkland Islanders died during the hostilities.|
The model has no opening parts. The cab tilt and rear tonneau are light green plastic, the seats are dull red plastic, the steering wheel is black plastic, and the radiator grille is light green plastic (to match the cab roof). There is no glazing. The rear tonneau carries a label with "British Combined Services" and the Union Jack ona white rectangular background, and the rear body sides have been decorated with "Falkland Islands 1982" in black text on a white rectangular background.
Coded to the 2002 Yesteryear Book
Body Colour: Cream body & glossy black chassis
Cab Roof: Light green plastic, lightly textured
Rear Canopy: Light green plastic, lightly textured
Radiator: Light green plastic, brass/gold surround
Seats: Dull red plastic
Steering Wheel: Black plastic
Wheel Hubs: Gold, 12 spoke
Plated Parts: Brass/Gold
Box Type: I - straw coloured window box
Other Comments/Identifying Features: The model has the "C" type rear body without cleats but with raised edges to the top and two sides of the rear body tray, type "B" front springs (additional strengthening web has been added), and the type "D" base plate with "Matchbox © Toys Ltd" and "Crossley" instead of "RAF Tender". The base is held in place with three machined rivets.
Originally issued 1983 approximately, with a stated scale of 1:47, I assume this Code 3 item was produced around 1983.