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Matchbox Models of Yesteryear Y-21 1955 BMW 507

The Y21-4 1955 BMW 507 joined the range in 1988 as a Special Limited Edition. It was the only post WWII road going model and being such a large scale model as well really looks out of place when lined up with the other Model of Yesteryear, It was however a finely detailed model and it should have probably been released as part of the new Lesney owned Dinky range, It had originally been designated Y33 as the inside of the roof and underneath of the bonnet are both marked YY33. It was painted in what the motor trade calls "Doom Blue" and it had a black convertible roof, Lesney really went to town with this one as it has no less than 21 chrome plated parts, There was only the one colour released and no promotionals were issued and in 1989 the BMW was replaced by the Y21-5 Ford TT van.


Above: The BMW was fitted with red plastic seats, It had a black plastic tonnau beneath the convertible roof, black plastic steering wheel and a chrome plated gear lever. The dashboard was highlighted with black trim and it had a black painted Macau baseplate. Lifting the opening bonnet reveals a chromed engine with black air filters and radiator.

Above: The BMW featured some very fine tampo printing which gave the model authentic looking number plates & BMW badges on the front of the bonnet and on the boot lid. It had a clear plastic windscreen with silver trim around the edges.

Above: All BMWs have filing marks to the underside of the bonnet as it was found that the bonnet would not close properly. The bonnets were not repainted leaving them with a patch of bare metal showing and a bonnet which still did not close properly, Why Lesney needed an opening bonnet on a yesteryear model is anyones guess as this feature did not appear on any other model.