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This model is the Matchbox Yesteryear Y12-3-M-1 or 3 Ford Model T Van (1912) in Isle of Man TT 1985 livery. Produced as a commissioned model in a limited edition, the model was issued to coincide with the 1987 Isle of Man TT Races, probably by Mervyn Wynne, who also organised the release of several MB38 Ford Model A vans for the races between 1986 and 1992. This model comes packed in its original straw coloured box.
The model has no opening parts. The vehicle roof is white, the seats are pale tan plastic, the rear lights are white. The decals are specially designed - a white and red rear body decal that reads " TT85, Isle Of Man, 27 May - 7 June" on three lines. There is no glazing.
Coded to the 2002 Yesteryear Book
Y12-1-M-1 or 3
Body Colour: Black body & glossy black chassis
Radiator: one piece plastic unit. gold plastic grille surround and front lights
Seats: Light Tan plastic
Steering Wheel: Black plastic
Wheel Hubs: Gold, 12 spoke
Plated Parts: Gold colour
Box Type: I - straw box
Other Comments/Identifying Features: The model has type 3 (cast imprint) rear doors, white rear lights, and no glazing. The base plate is held in place with three machined rivets, has no base hole at the rear of the body, and has a Lesney base without Y12.
This Code 3 Promotional model was issued in 1985 as a limited edition of an unknown quantity. The model has no indication of the quatity issue or this model's issue number, but the box has a white label reading "Promotional Model, Limited Edition, Labels Not Applied, By Lesney" and on the rear is another label (gold and black) reading "B. & M. Wynne, 'Cronk Aash', Park Avenue, Douglas, Isle Of Man, TEL. (0624) 27773". It has a stated scale of 1:35.