|The Y-18 1937 Cord Model 812 Supercharged Convertible Phaeton Sedan to give it its full title according to the baseplate inscription was introduced in 1979. The first release was in an orangy-red which is very similar to the second version which was issued in 1981 and coloured red. In 1983 it was released in plum red. These all had Lesney © 1978 England baseplates, At this time production was moved to China and the baseplate was modified accordingly. The final issue was pale yellow and it featured extra silver trim to the grille, doorhandles and kickplates, It had red trim to the tail lights and the license plates were highlighted with blue tampo licence plates.
No further Y-18 Cords were issued but the final release in yellow was also used for the 1998 Matchbox Collectibles Dealer Conference model which is quite a rare variation