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This model is the Matchbox Yesteryear Y5-4-C-1 Talbot Van (1927) in "Stoevelaar" livery. It comes packed in the original straw coloured box. This is an official Code 2 release, #355 with certificate. The model was released to commemorate the 1st Matchbox Meeting in Houten, Holland on 4th October, 1981.
A group of Dutch Matchbox collectors organised a toy fair in Holland to promote the buying, selling, and exchanging of Matchbox diecast models. They sought and obtained permission from Lesney Products to alter the standard Y5 Talbot van to promote the meeting. To enable them to change the standard colours, the components of the van were stripped down, repainted, and reassembled by the use of screws in the base plate. Affectionately known as the 'clock' model because of the plastic roof advertisement showing the time and date of the collectors meeting. The model was issued with an authenticating certificate which came in the box .["Models of Yesteryear, The Collection" produced and compiled by Kevin McGimpsey & Stewart Orr, ISBN 0 9510885 0 5]
The model has no opening parts other than the rear doors. The vehicle roof is matt black, the seats are black plastic, and the tool box lid is brass coloured. There is no glazing.
Coded to the 2002 Yesteryear Book
Body Colour: Royal Blue body & glossy Black chassis
Roof: Matt Black
Seats: Black plastic
Steering Wheel: Black plastic
Wheel Hubs: 12 spoke, Chrome
Plated Parts: Chrome
Box Type: I - straw coloured box
Other Comments/Identifying Features: The model is considered SCARCE, with exact numbers produced being unclear, but thought to be 360 of the blue and grey version. It has the correct label on the sides and 12 spoke chrome hubs. The base plate is held in place by one machined rivet and two screws (where the rear has been removed for re-spraying).
Issued in 1983 with a stated scale of 1:47.