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Matchbox Models of Yesteryear Y-5 1927 Talbot Van

The Y-5 1927 Talbot Van joined the range in 1978 and appeared in no lees than 10 different liveries, It usually had black plastic seats and a black chassis, The grille and windscreen frame were chrome plated but a few versions had these components in gold plated plastic. When production moved to macau the "made in England" baseplate was changed to "made in Macau". It had no casting variations until the last (Lyle's) issue and that had the horizontal dividing line removed from the side of the van body. It was replaced by the Y5-5 Leyland Titan bus in 1989.

The first livery (1978) of the Talbot van was "Lipton's Tea", It had a dark green body with a matt black roof and matt or gloss black chassis and black seats, It had either dark green 12 spoke or 12 or 24 spoke chrome wheels. It had a royal crest on the side which Lesney had not obtained permission to reproduce so it was replaced by a Liptons logo and address. There was much demand for the earlier crested version but it is now clear that it is quite common so now there is not so much demand for it. The crested version had shadow effect to the lettering and crested vans without the shadow are hard to find. The Liptons logo vans were almost identical but the later issues had olive green 12 spoke wheels as well as 12 spoke green and 12 or 24 spoke chrome. The version is also hard to find with shadow effect to the lettering.


The second livery (1979) was for "Chocolat Menier" that had a dark blue body with black chassis, roof and seats. It could have 12 or 24 spoke chrome, 12 spoke red or green plastic or solid red plastic wheels, The Menier logo can be found in pale yellow or yellow with the pale yelow being hard to find.

The third livery (1980) was "Taystee", It was painted yellow body & chassis with a black roof with either red or dark red 12 spoke wheels, Later the chassis was changed to black and this version can be found with both types of red wheels and also the solid red plastic wheels. Taystee decals without a white border are promotional "American Bakeries" issues.


(No picture) Livery 4 (1981) was "Nestle's" that was painted blue body with a black chassis, It had dark red 12 spoked wheels and black seats, The roof can be found in matt black, dark grey and pale grey, The matt black version is hard to find.

Livery 5 (1982) was "Chivers" that had a dark green chassis with a cream body & roof, It could have red or dark red 12 spoke wheels and unlike the earlier issues it had a gold plated grille and windscreen frame. The "Chivers" logo was green and it had black plastic seats.


Livery 6 (1982) was "Wrights" coal tar soap which had a brown body with a cream roof, rear doors and chassis with a beige "Wrights" logo to the sides, It can have chrome or gold plated 12 spoke wheels and the grille and windscreen frame can be chrome or gold.

"Ever ready" was the 7th livery (1983). It was painted dark blue body with a white roof and black chassis, This version can be found with brown, pinky-brown or black plastic seats. It had 12 spoke chromed wheels and the "Ever Ready" decal is blue, orange and white.

1984 saw the "Dunlop" liveried Talbot join the range, It has a black body & chassis with a yellow roof and pale yellow or yellow 12 spoke wheels with either brown or black seats. It had a chrome plated grille and windscreen frame and it was packaged in a limited edition box.

The "Rose's Lime Juice" was introduced in 1985, It can have a ligtcream or pale cream body with either a light or dark green chassis and roof. It usually had green 12 spoke wheels but one issue had red 12 spoke wheels, It also had black plastic seats but one issue is fitted with brown seats from the Ever Ready issue. The last version was released in 1988 and this version had a "made in Macau" baseplate.

The last livery (1989) was "Lyle's golden syrup" which had a green body, white roof and black chassis, brown seats with either chrome or gold plated wheels, This version was made in Macau and it had the horizontal dividing line removed from the side of the van body to accommodate the Lyle's tampo.