Matchbox 1-75: MB38 Ford Model A Van - Johnnie Walker Promo

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This model is the Matchbox MB38 Ford Model A Van in Dark Red. It was released as a special Code 2 promotional item in conjunction with the Duty Free shops and Johniie Walker Whisky.

Most detail is cast into the body. Detail includes the front engine louvres, the front doors, door handles and door hinges, the rear doors, handles and rear numberplate [KG6567]. The front and rear wheel arches and running boards are cast as a separate metal component and painted gloss black. The front bumper, front lights, and grille are also cast separately in plastic and chrome plated. The van sides are adorned with Johnnie Walker advertising and logos "Johnnie Walker [Walker logo] Established 1820" on two lines.

There is no interior as these models were never issued with interiors. The glazing is only present in the cab area and is clear plastic — there is no glazing in the rear door windows.

The baseplate is black plastic that fits inside the black metal body component housing the wheel arches. It is marked at the top centre "Matchbox", followed by "Model A Ford, Matchbox Int'l Ltd, © 1979" in the centre middle, and "Made in Thailand" at the centre bottom. It is held in place by two machined rivets, front and rear.

All wheels are of the "Superfast" type - one piece plastic hub and tyre component, with a separate chrome and black "dot dash" 10 spoke hub insert.

This model was issued in 1990 and comes in a special dark red, "D" size window box (marked MB38/UU in the inner top flap).

Item: 3004