Creaks AC130 Northampton Borough Police Ambulance - Ford Model T

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This model is the Creaks AC130 Ford Model T Northampton Borough Police Ambulance (1912) in cream, Northampton Borough Police livery. It comes packed in its original straw window box. This item is based on the Yesteryear Y12 model T Van and comes with a Limited Edition Certificate of Authenticity identifying the model as number 609 of 1000 produced. The model is also marked with this number on the base, just behind the left front wheel. The certificate states it was issued to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the police Force being granted the freedom of the borough on 25th April 1990.

The model has no opening parts. The vehicle body and roof are cream, the chassis and mudguards are black, the seats are black plastic, and the steering wheel is black. There is no glazing.

At the front the model carries a sign reading "POLICE" above the windscreen, a red cross on the bonnet, gold grille and headlights, and a white on black background number plate [NH 1553] below the grille. The sides have a decal with the Northampton Borough crest below which are the words "Police Ambulance" and, to the area behind the cab door, "Chief Constables Office, Dychurch Lane, Northampton" on three lines. The rear doors are litho printed and carry a "POLICE" sign above the doors, a red cross across the doors, and a white on black number plate [NH 1553]. Either side of the doors are two red rear lights.

The baseplate is black painted metal and carries the "Matchbox" logo and model details — "Matchbox" to the centre top, "Models of Yesteryear" in the middle centre, "1912 Ford Model T , © 1978" to the bottom centre, "Made in England" on the left running board, and Lesney Products & Co, Ltd." on the right running board. It is held in place by three machined rivets.

All wheels are one piece, red plastic units with 12 spokes, each with a black tyre.

Other Comments/Identifying Features: The model has the Certificate of Authenticity that outlines the history of the Northampton borough Police and states "This model has been commissioned to commemorate the fact that the freedom of the borough of Northampton was conferred upon the force during its 150th anniversary on April 25th 1990".

Item: 3173