Matchbox Yesteryear: Y02-1-A London B Type Bus (1911)

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This model is the Matchbox Yesteryear Y02-1-A-4 London B Type Bus (1911) in Red London General livery. It was packed originally in the type A line drawing style box.

The model has decals to the upper sides that read "Dewar's" and on the lower sides that read "General" in yellow lettering. The upper front carries a destination board with two side advertising panels that read "Pears, the King of Soaps" to the driver's side and "Pears, The Soap of Kings" to the passenger side. The centre of the destination boards reads "Putney Common, Kings X, Euston Rd, Piccadilly, Fulham Rd, Putney Bdge" in black lettering on a white background. The rear destination board reads similarly on a white background and "Nestles, Milk, Richest, In, Cream" in white lettering on a black background. The rear stairwell has "Oakley's, Wellington, Knife Polish" on three lines in yellow lettering. There is no lower deck interior detail or glazing but the open upper deck has tan seats.

Body Colour: Red
Paint Trim: Black Driver
Radiator/Grille: Silver
Wheel Hubs: Grenodised 8 spoke at front and grenodised 16 spoke "daisy" at rear, riveted axles
Tyres: None
Box Type: no box, should be line drawing type A
Other Comments/Identifying Features: The model has 4 lines of text on its base at the rear that read "B Type Bus, 1912-1920, Made in England, By Lesney". Interestingly none of the references, including the Yesteryear Book, mention the discrepancy on the base as they all refer to this bus as a 1911 B Type Bus!. The model number "No. 2" is cast on the underside of the bonnet/engine housing. The body has been cast as a single unit with a separate casting for the rear stairs which is held in place by a split rivet. The upper level casting of the tan seats appears to be held in place by a body locating lug at the front and a pressure fit to the rear. The underside of the seating is NOT painted on this issue. The window design is 4 small windows over 4 large windows and the body style is referred to as Type B (decal guide ribs on lower body).

Issued in 1956, with a stated scale of 1:100.

Item: 975


This model is the Matchbox Yesteryear Y02-1-A-14 London B Type Bus (1911) in Red London General livery. It was packed originally in the type B or C line drawing style box.

The model has decals to the upper sides that read "Dewar's" and on the lower sides that read "General" in yellow lettering. The upper front carries a destination board with two side advertising panels that read "Pears, the King of Soaps" to the driver's side and "Pears, The Soap of Kings" to the passenger side. The centre of the destination boards reads "Putney Common, Kings X, Euston Rd, Piccadilly, Fulham Rd, Putney Bdg" in black lettering on a white background. The rear destination board reads similarly on a white background and "Nestles, Milk, Richest, In, Cream" in white lettering on a black background. The rear stairwell has "Oakley's, Wellington, Knife Polish" on three lines in yellow lettering. There is no lower deck interior detail or glazing but the open upper deck has tan seats.

Body Colour: Red
Paint Trim: Blue Driver
Radiator/Grille: Silver
Wheel Hubs: Grenodised 8 spoke at front and grenodised 16 spoke "daisy" at rear, riveted axles
Tyres: None
Box Type: no box, should be line drawing type B or C
Other Comments/Identifying Features: The model has 4 lines of text on its base at the rear that read "B Type Bus, 1912-1920, Made in England, By Lesney". Interestingly none of the references, including the Yesteryear Book, mention the discrepancy on the base as they all refer to this bus as a 1911 B Type Bus!. The model number "No. 2" is cast on the underside of the bonnet/engine housing. The body has been cast as a single unit with a separate casting for the rear stairs which is held in place by a split rivet. The upper level casting of the tan seats appears to be held in place by a body locating lug at the front and a pressure fit to the rear. The underside of the seating is NOT painted on this issue. The window design is 8 small windows over 4 large windows and the body style is referred to as Type B (decal guide ribs on lower body).

Issued in 1959, with a stated scale of 1:100.

Item: 2737


This model is the Matchbox Yesteryear Y02-1-A-20 London B Type Bus (1911) in Red London General livery. It was packed originally in the type C line drawing style box or Type D1 coloured picture style box.

The model has decals to the upper sides that read "Dewar's" and on the lower sides that read "General" in yellow lettering. The upper front carries a destination board with two side advertising panels that read "Pears, the King of Soaps" to the driver's side and "Pears, The Soap of Kings" to the passenger side. The centre of the destination boards reads "Putney Common, Kings X, Euston Rd, Piccadilly, Fulham Rd, Putney Bdg" in black lettering on a white background. The rear destination board reads similarly on a white background and "Nestles, Milk, Richest, In, Cream" in white lettering on a black background. The rear stairwell has "Oakley's, Wellington, Knife Polish" on three lines in yellow lettering. There is no lower deck interior detail or glazing but the open upper deck has tan seats.

Body Colour: Red
Paint Trim: Light Blue Driver
Radiator/Grille: Silver
Wheel Hubs: Grenodised 8 spoke at front and grenodised 16 spoke "daisy" at rear, riveted axles
Tyres: None
Box Type: no box, should be line drawing type C or coloured picture type D1
Other Comments/Identifying Features: The model has 4 lines of text on its base at the rear that read "B Type Bus, 1912-1920, Made in England, By Lesney". Interestingly none of the references, including the Yesteryear Book, mention the discrepancy on the base as they all refer to this bus as a 1911 B Type Bus!. The model number "No. 2" is cast on the underside of the bonnet/engine housing. The body has been cast as a single unit with a separate casting for the rear stairs which is held in place by a split rivet. The upper level casting of the tan seats appears to be held in place by a body locating lug at the front and a pressure fit to the rear. The underside of the seating IS painted tan on this issue. The window design is 8 small windows over 4 large windows and the body style is referred to as Type B (decal guide ribs on lower body).

Issued between 1959 and 1960, with a stated scale of 1:100.

Item: 2795