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This model is the Matchbox Yesteryear Y22-1-B-4 Ford Model A Van (1930) in Isle of Man TT 1988 livery. Produced as a commissioned model in a limited edition, the model was issued to coincide with the 1988 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 apart from the rear doors. The vehicle roof is white, the seats are tan plastic. The decals are specially designed - a representation of the island just behind the front doors and a black, gold, red, and white rear body decal that reads "Isle Of Man, TT, May 29 - June 9 1989" on three lines. There is no glazing.
Coded to the 2002 Yesteryear Book
Body Colour: Dark blue body & glossy black chassis
Roof: White - one piece metal casting covering both cab and van body
Radiator: one piece plastic unit. Chrome plastic grille surround and front lights
Seats: Tan plastic
Steering Wheel: Black plastic
Wheel Hubs: Chrome, 12 spoke, plastic
Tyres: Black with Whitewall effect
Plated Parts: Chrome colour
Box Type: I - straw box
Other Comments/Identifying Features: The base plate is held in place with three machined rivets and is marked Models of Yesteryear, Lesney 1978.
This Code 3 Promotional model was issued in 1989 as a limited edition of an unknown quantity. The model carries no indication of its issue number. It has a stated scale of 1:47.