Matchbox 1-75: MB38 Ford Model A Van - Matchbox On the Move in '84 Promo

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This model is the Matchbox MB38 Ford Model A Van in Dark Blue. It was released as a special Code 1 promotional item by Matchbox at the time production was moved from the U.K. to Asia.

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 white paper labels reading "Matchbox On the Move in '84" 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 Superfast" on two lines, followed by "Model A Ford, Matchbox Int'l Ltd, © 1979" in the centre middle, and "Made in Macau" at the centre bottom. It is held in place by three machined rivets, one at the front and two at the rear (either side of the rear axle).

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 1984 and comes in a standard blue, red, and yellow stripe, "D" size window box (marked WO in the inner top flap).

Item: 3009