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Models of Yesteryear range was introduced by Lesney in 1956 to supplement the Matchbox Series range which had been in production since 1953. The models were based on historical vehicles rather than contemporary subjects, [1] and the range was aimed at adult collectors rather than children.[2] The collection was produced until 1996.

1956 - 1959Edit

Col # Year Model Color Decals Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Country Notes / Variations Photo
Y-1 1956
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
1962
1963
Allchin 7 NHP Traction Engine (Y-1) Green & red [3] None Green N/A N/A Image Not Available England No model name on base TractionEngine
Y-2 1956
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
1962
"B" Type Bus 1912-1920 (Y-2) Red Dewar's Image Not Available "B" TYPE BUS 1912-1920 on base.[4] BTypeBus
Y-3 1956
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
1962
1963
1964
1965 [5]
1907 London E Class Tramcar (Y-3) Red & white NEWS OF THE WORLD England No model name on base. ETypeTram
Y-4 1956
1957
1958
1959
1960
Sentinel Steam Waggon (Y-4) Blue SAND & GRAVEL SUPPLIES Black N/A N/A Image Not Available England No model name on base.[6] SteamWagon
Y-5/1 1956
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
1929 4½ Litre Bentley (Y-5/1) Green Number "5" in white circle on both sides N/A Red Image Not Available 1929 4½ LITRE BENTLEY on base
Spare wheel (not visible in photo)
1929 Le Mans Bentley (Y-5)
Y-6 1957
1958
1959
1960
AEC 1916-1921 (Y-6) Grey OSRAM LAMPS Grey N/A N/A Image Not Available England A.E.C 1916-1921 on base. AEC 1916-1921 (Y-6)
Y-7 1957 1958 1959 1960 4 Ton Leyland (Y-7) Red-brown with cream roof W&R. JACOB & Co Ltd N/A Image Not Available England 4 TON LEYLAND on base. 4-ton
Y8 1958 1959 1960 1961 1926 Morris Cowley Bullnose (Y-8) Brown & Tan None Wheelwell 1926 MORRIS COWLEY "BULLNOSE" on base. Bullnose-0
Y-9 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 Fowler Showman's Engine (Y-9) Red with yellow wheels & white roof "LESNEY'S MODERN AMUSEMENTS" N/A Red Image Not Available England FOWLER SHOWMAN'S ENGINE on underside of roof.[7] Pinstriping on side Fowler
Y-10 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1908 G.P. Mercedes (Y-10) Cream None Image Not Available 1908 G.P. MERCEDES on base
White on final issue
Grandprixmercedes
Y-11 1958
1959
1960
1961
1962
1963
Aveling and Porter Road-Roller (Y-11) Green None No seperate base. N/A N/A Image Not Available England "AVELING AND PORTER" ROAD-ROLLER on underside of roof.[8] Aveling and Porter Steam Roller (Y-11)
Y-12 1959
1960
1961
1962
1963
1964
1965
1899 London Horse-Bus (Y-12) Red with brown horses [9] LIPTON'S TEA Red N/A N/A Image Not Available England No model name on base Horsebus
Y-13 1959
1960
1961
1962
1963
1964
1965
American 4-4-0 Locomotive (Y-13) Green & red SANTA FE N/A N/A Image Not Available England AMERICAN LOCO 4-4-0 on base.[10] American 4-4-0
Y-14 1959
1960
1961
1962
1963
Duke of Connaught 4-2-2 (Y-14) Green & black DUKE OF CONNAUGHT Image Not Available England DUKE OF CONNAUGHT 4-2-2 on base.
[11]
Dukeofconnaught

1960 - 1964Edit

Col # Year Model Color Decals Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Country Notes / Variations Photo
Y-15 1960
1961
1962
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1907 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost (Y-15) Green None Image Not Available England 1907 ROLLS ROYCE SILVER GHOST on base. Rolls Royce Silver Ghost
Y-4 1960
1961
1962
1963
1964
1965
Shand-Mason Horse-Drawn Fire Engine (Y-4) Red LONDON FIRE BRIGADE Red / Metal N/A N/A Image Not Available England No model name on base. Horse-DrawnFireEngine
Y-16 1961
1962
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1904 Spyker (Y-16) Yellow [12] None Image Not Available England 1904 SPYKER on base. Spyker
Y-6 1961
1962
1963
1964
1965 [13]
1926 Type 35 Bugatti (Y-6) Blue 6 on White circle on rear Black N/A Image Not Available England 1926 TYPE 35 BUGATTI on base. 1926 Type 35 Bugatti
1966 1967 Red [14] 6 on White circle on rear Black N/A Image Not Available England 1926 TYPE 35 BUGATTI on base. Red Bugatti
Y-7 1961
1962
1963
1964
1965
1913 Mercer Raceabout (Y-7) Mauve (or silver) Image Not Available 1913 MERCER RACEABOUT on base. 1913 Mercer Raceabout
1966
1967
Yellow Image Not Available 1913 MERCER RACEABOUT on base. Matchbox-yesteryear-y-7-1913-mercer-raceabout
Y-5/2 1962
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1929 4½ Litre Bentley (Y-5/2) Green Number "5" in white circle on both sides Image Not Available 1929 4½ LITRE BENTLEY on base. LeMans
Y-8 1962
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1914 Sunbeam (Y-8) Silver None Silver Black & Dark Green Image Not Available England 1914 SUNBEAM on base.[15] 1914 Sunbeam
Y-10 1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1928 Mercedes Benz 36/220 (Y-10) White None Image Not Available England 1928 MERCEDES BENZ 36/220 on base. Mercedes Benz 36 220
Y-2 1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1911 Renault (Y-2) Green [16] None Image Not Available 1911 RENAULT on base. Renault 2 seater
Y-1 1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972 [17]
1911 Ford Model T (Y-1) Red & Black [18] Image Not Available 1911 FORD MODEL T on base 1911 Ford Model T (Y-1)
1973 [19]
1974
1975
1976 [20]
Cream & Red Image Not Available 1911 FORD MODEL T on base Image Not Available
1984 Black Image Not Available 1911 FORD MODEL T on base Image Not Available
Y-11 1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972 [21]
Packard Landaulet 1912 (Y-11) Red Heraldic shields Red / metal N/A Image Not Available England PACKARD LANDAULET 1912 on base. Packard Landaulet
1984 Cream Brown / metal N/A Image Not Available England 1912 PACKARD LANDAULET on base[22] Image Not Available

1965 - 1970Edit

Col # Year Model Color Decals Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Country Notes / Variations Photo
Y-3 1965
1966
1967
1968
1910 Benz Limousine (Y-3) Cream Image Not Available Benz Limo
1969 Light Green Image Not Available
Benz Limo Light Green
1970
1971
1972
1973
Metallic Green Image Not Available 1910 BENZ LIMOUSINE on base. Image Not Available
? 1985 Black & Blue Image Not Available Image Not Available
Y-14 1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1911 Maxwell Roadster (Y-14) Turquoise with Black roof None Image Not Available 1911 MAXWELL ROADSTER on base. Maxwell Roadster
1984 Cream & Green with Black roof None Image Not Available Image Not Available
Y-13 1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1911 Daimler (Y-13) Yellow None N/A Red Image Not Available England 1911 DAIMLER on base. 1911 Daimler (Y-13)
1984 Blue Image Not Available Image Not Available
Y-4 1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1909 Opel Coupe (Y-4) White with Tan roof None Image Not Available England 1909 OPEL COUPE on base. Models of Yesteryear Opel
1974
1975
Orange with Black roof None Image Not Available Image Not Available
1984 Bright Red & Dark red with Tan roof Image Not Available Image Not Available
Y-12 1967
1968 [23]
1969 [24]
1970 [25]
1971 [26]
1972 [27]
1973
1909 Thomas Flyabout (Y-12) Blue & tan None Image Not Available 1909 THOMAS FLYABOUT on base. Thomas Flyabout
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
Purple & black None Image Not Available 1909 THOMAS FLYABOUT on base. Image Not Available
Y-7 1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1912 Rolls-Royce (Y-7) Silver & Red Image Not Available Matchbox-Models-Of-Yesteryear-Y7-3-1912-Rolls-Royce
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
Gold & Red Image Not Available Image Not Available
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
Yellow & Black None Black / Metal None Black Image Not Available England 1912 Rolls-Royce (1979-83 Y-7)
Y-9 1968
1969
1912 Simplex (Y-9) Green with Tan roof None Image Not Available England 1912 Simplex (Y-9)
1970
1971
1972
Gold & red with Black roof None Image Not Available England 1912 Simplex (Y-9, red, gold & black)
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
Red with Black roof None Image Not Available England Image Not Available
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
Red & lack None Image Not Available Image Not Available
1986
1987
1988
1989 [28]
Yellow & Black with Black roof None Image Not Available Image Not Available

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. The History of Matchbox, matchboxclub.co Retrieved 27 July 2018
  2. Matchbox Models of Yesteryear, www.vintagebritishdiecasts.co.uk Retrieved 27 July 2018
  3. www.vintagebritishdiecasts.co.uk Retrieved 21 February 2017
  4. 3.bp.blogspot.com Retrieved 28 September 2017
  5. 1965 Matchbox Collector's Catalogue
  6. www.tortoys.co.uk, as archived at web.archive.org Retrieved 28 September 2017
  7. i.ebayimg.com, as archived at web.archive.org
  8. Image of Models of Yesteryear "AVELING AND PORTER" ROAD-ROLLER, i.ebayimg.com, as archived at web.archive.org
  9. www.vintagebritishdiecasts.co.uk Retrieved 29 December 2017
  10. www.chezbois.com Retrieved 17 February 2020
  11. Matchbox Models of Yesteryear Y-14 1903 'Duke of Connaught' Locomotive , www.vintagebritishdiecasts.co.uk Retrieved 4 February 2018
  12. Kevin McGimpsey & Stewart Orr, Collecting Matchbox Diecast Toys - The First Forty Years, First Edition, 1989, page 178
  13. 1965 Matchbox Collectors Catalogue
  14. 1966 Matchbox Collectors Catalogue
  15. little-wheels.co.uk Retrieved 7 November 2016
  16. www.vintagebritishdiecasts.co.uk Retrieved 10 January 2018
  17. Matchbox Collectors' Catalogue International Edition 1972
  18. Kevin McGimpsey & Stewart Orr, Collecting Matchbox Diecast Toys - The First Forty Years, First Edition, 1989, page 180
  19. Matchbox Collectors' Catalogue International Edition 1972
  20. Matchbox Catalogue 1976
  21. Matchbox Collectors' Catalogue International Edition 1972
  22. www.chezbois.com Retrieved 10 January 2018
  23. Matchbox Collectors' Catalogue International Edition 1968
  24. Matchbox Collectors' Catalogue International Edition 1969 Second Edition
  25. Matchbox Collectors' Catalogue International Edition 1970
  26. Matchbox Collectors' Catalogue International Edition 1971
  27. Matchbox Collectors' Catalogue International Edition 1972
  28. Matchbox 1989 (International edition collector's catalog)
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