Some Explanation
  The model details are presented as below. Click on an element for an explanation

explanation of model pages

  The number given by Lesney consisted of a Y followed by a number. This number gave the model's place in the series. Only 16 numbers were used, a new model being introduced to replace an old model. However, collectors have given the models a second number to show how many models had been given its 'Y' number. Thus the first models having a given 'Y' number would have the number Yx-1 etc. This number does not exactly relate to the series of the model. For example, the Y8-3 Stutz is actually a second series model.

  This is self explanatory. This is the name of the Model as given by Lesney.

  The items listed here are the scale of the model, the date of introduction. the date of withdrawal and the original purchase price given in decimal pounds.

The scale of the models is really only a rough guide. For example the Y2-1 London Bus and the Y12-1 Horse Drawn Bus both have a scale of 1:100. Unfortunately the driver of the Y2-1 looks like a five year old child compared with the authoritative driver in charge of the Y12-1!

The scale of the models has been a problem with collectors ever since the introduction of the Yesteryear range. Whereas some manufactures were very careful to stick to one scale for their range of vehicles Lesney felt no such restrictions, their only requirement being to be able to fit the model into the 'Matchbox'. Therefore the scales ranged from the minute Railway locomotives at 1:130 to the much larger scaled Sunbeam Motor Cycle at 1:34. However, most of the difficulty arises from models having scales just slightly different from their otherwise perfect shelf mates eg the 1:49 Y14 Maxwel and the 1:48 Y8 Stutz!

Where no date appears in the date of withdrawal section the model appeared after 1972 in a different colour scheme and with 'hot rod' type wheels.

  Click here for a large size picture of the model. All pictures have been taken by me. When I can, I take the pictures using an SLR camera and transfer the results to photo CD. This give the best results but for quick pictures I use a video camera connected to my Hauppauge TV card and grab the image. Eventually all the pictures will originate from my SLR (or digital camera when the prices become more reasonable!).

  This section briefly describes the models together with the main variations. There are many minor variations possible and for a detailed list the reader should refer to the excellent guide produced by MICA . The issue numbers given in this section are those given in the MICA guide as a means of cataloguing the variations.

A general guide to the model's value is given in this section. Most of the prices quoted are those I have seen asked for at local swapmeets and only refer to mint boxed examples. For a detailed guide to values refer to the MICA book.

  The pictures here represent the types of boxes in which the model has been issued. Refer to the boxes section of this site for further details. The symbols used are as follows:
  Line drawing
  Picture box Type D1, D2 or D3
  Picture box Type E or E1
  Window box Type F
  Window box Type G

  Mobil Petrol Promotion

  These buttons can be used to move around my collection. The collection is sorted by issue number.

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