The Lesney Matchbox Models of Yesteryear series produced in England, 1956 are replicas of antique and vintage vehicles. These models were slightly larger than the original 1-75 series of Matchbox models previously produced.
Today these models are among the most sought after in the Matchbox collector market with this London 1912-1920 Class Double-decker Bus advertising Dewar’s being one of the most highly sought after in the 1976 series of Yesteryears. This bus is made of metal right down to the axel spoke wheels, upper level seats and bus driver with steering wheel. The advertising billboards on the sides, front and back spiral stair are enamel paint and very detailed.
Although this series has been discontinued it remains a favorite with collectors. If you’re looking for information and value guide on Matchbox and the Matchbox Models of Yesteryear series, I use and recommend Matchbox Toys 1947-2007: Identification & Value Guide (Matchbox Toys) – available through Amazon. It has very good pictures and excellent descriptions with an index.
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