Matchbox Gift Set - Ltd Edition (Item02351)

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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 Y21-2-A-1 1930 Ford Model A Tradesman Woody Wagon in Glossy Copper and A&J Box 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 green.

The models have no opening parts or glazing.

 

Y21-2-A-1
Body Colour: Glossy Copper bonnet, plastic light brown panels with dark brown struts on body & glossy dark brown chassis
Cab Roof: matt black (has no shine at all) - light texture - part of the one piece plastic casting used for entire rear of body
Rear Canopy: as above
Radiator: one piece plastic unit. Chrome plastic grille surround and front lights
Seats: White plastic
Steering Wheel: White plastic
Wheel Hubs: Chrome, 12 spoke, plastic
Tyres: Black with Whitewall effect
Plated Parts: Chrome/Silver colour
Box Type: J - maroon 3 item "Limited Edition Gift Set" box
Other Comments/Identifying Features: The model has the unchromed windscreen parts, Chromed grill with molded number plate(?) [6L 31 27 on upperline and CAL 35 on the lower line], and "A & J Box General Stores" tampo printed on the rear upper side panels. The baseplate has the Lesney copyright, "Made in England" and is held in place with two rivets and two rear body tabs.

Issued 1983 approximately, with a stated scale of 1:40.

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 and Emerald Green chassis
Cab Roof: Not Applicable
Rear Canopy: as above
Radiator: Black plastic grille in silver metal frame incorporating front headlights
Seats: Black plastic
Steering Wheel: Black plastic
Wheel Hubs: Chrome, 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 "V" casting on the rear body and Type B rear bumper. The baseplate has no threaded hole and is held in place with two rivets.

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

Item: 2351