Matchbox 1-75: MB73 Ford Model A - PG Tips Tea Promo

Click on any photo to see a larger version...

This model is the Matchbox MB73 Ford Model A Car in Red and Green. It was released as a special Code 2 promotional item in conjunction with PG Tips Tea.

Most detail is cast into the body. Detail includes the front engine louvres, the front doors, door handles and door hinges. The front and rear wheel arches and running boards are cast as a separate metal component and painted green. The front bumper, front lights, and grille are also cast separately in plastic and chrome plated.

There is no interior as these models were never issued with interiors. The glazing is clear/very pale amber plastic.

The base plate is black plastic that fits inside the green 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 Macau" 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. The front wheels are 11mm in diameter and 3mm thick. The rear wheels are 14mm in diameter and 5mm thick.

This model was issued in the early 1990s and comes in standard Mail-out Promotional box — White, oversize box with address front, "MB 73" in black lettering on the outside end flaps, and standard Matchbox details on the rear, including "Copyright 1990 Matchbox International Limited". The promotional leaflet, for a PG Tips 50th Anniversary Tea Caddy, included with the model carries a closing date of 31/12/91.

Item: 3271