Matchbox Gift Set - Ltd Edition (Item01046)

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Over the years I have come across a number of different Limited Edition Gift Sets. These do not appear to have been recorded in any reference covering Matchbox Yesteryear models. I strongly suspect that most were put together using whatever was currently being manufactured on the assembly line in order to meet the requests of the USA arm of the business. To make it easier to list them on this web site, I have simply used a generic term "Gift Set - Limited Edition" and added my own personal database reference number, e.g. Item01046, Item01047, etc., as none of the items carries an individual stock item number. They all appear to carry the same packaging number (030653) and bar code (35995 03653).

This set of three models contains a Y12-3-L-6 1912 Ford Model T van in Post Office Red and Royal Mail GR livery, a Y12-3-N-1 1912 Ford Model T van in Orange and Hoover livery, and a Y14-3-A-16 1931 Stutz Bearcat in Cream and Emerald Green.

The models have no opening parts or glazing.

 

Y12-3-L-6
Body Colour: Post Office Red body & glossy black chassis
Cab Roof: flat black (has shine but is not glossy) - one piece metal casting covering both cab (smooth) and van body (ribbed)
Rear Canopy: as above
Radiator: one piece plastic unit. Chrome plastic grille surround and front lights
Seats: Black plastic
Steering Wheel: Black plastic
Wheel Hubs: Red, 12 spoke, plastic
Tyres: Black
Plated Parts: Chrome/Silver colour
Box Type: J - maroon 3 item "Limited Edition Gift Set" box
Other Comments/Identifying Features: The model has the "scarce" chrome plated parts and "Type 3" doors (door lines are cast into the body and not tampo printed on to the body) with black "rear" lights. The baseplate is held in place with three rivets.

Issued 1983 approximately, with a stated scale of 1:35.

Y12-3-N-1
Body Colour: Orange body & glossy black chassis
Cab Roof: matt black (no shine at all) - one piece metal casting covering both cab (smooth) and van body (ribbed)
Rear Canopy: as above
Radiator: one piece plastic unit. Chrome plastic grille surround and front lights
Seats: Black plastic
Steering Wheel: Black plastic
Wheel Hubs: Black, 12 spoke, plastic
Tyres: Black
Plated Parts: Chrome/Silver colour
Box Type: J - maroon 3 item "Limited Edition Gift Set" box
Other Comments/Identifying Features: The model has "Type 3" doors (door lines are cast into the body and not tampo printed on to the body) with black "rear" lights. The baseplate is held in place with three rivets.

Issued 1983 approximately, with a stated scale of 1:35.

Y14-3-A-16
Body Colour: Cream body & glossy emerald green chassis
Cab Roof: Not Applicable
Rear Canopy: as above
Radiator: Black plastic grille with die cast metal surround and front lights in silver
Seats: Black plastic
Steering Wheel: Black plastic
Wheel Hubs: Chromed, 24 spoke, plastic
Tyres: Black with White wall effect
Plated Parts: Silver colour
Box Type: J - maroon 3 item "Limited Edition Gift Set" box
Other Comments/Identifying Features: The model has the cream door tops, "Type B" rear bumper with strengthening, and cast "V" ridge on the boat tail. The baseplate has no threaded screw hole and is held in place with two rivets.

Issued between 1981 and 1985 approximately, with a stated scale of 1:44.

Item: 1046