What?

The ‘Models of Yesteryear’ were the flagship range of the company. The name ‘Matchbox’ came from the original packaging that resembled a matchbox in size. The scale of each model wasn’t of concern .. no attempt to make the models to a consistent scale; instead they were built to a size that fitted into a standard box, irrespective of their subject.
The following was taken from Matchbox Models of Yesteryear – Model Scales. I pulled everything into Excel and sorted by date. I model in American O Scale – 1:48 .. and for me any of these from 1:46 to 1:50 are “Good nuff”. The steering wheel is on the right side but that was true of American built cars well into about 1912 or so. I figure that is easy enough to change and most of the vehicles are generic enough I can use them on my 1940’s 20’s-30’s era layout.

YearDescriptionCode
Scale 1:35
1914SUNBEAM MOTORCYCLE WITH MILFORD SIDECARY-08-2
Scale 1:36
1912FORD MODEL ‘T’ TANKERY-03-4
1912FORD MODEL ‘T’ VANY-12-3
1924BUGATTI TYPE 35Y-11-5
1932BUGATTI TYPE 51Y-11-4
1934RILEY MPHY-03-3
1936E.R.A. ‘R.1.B’Y-14-4
1945MG ‘TC’Y-08-4
1957MASERATI 250FY-10-4
1960FERRARI DINO 246/V12Y-16-3
Scale 1:39
1909OPEL COUPEY-04-3
1910RENAULT BUSY-44-1
1910RENAULT TYPE AG VANY-25-1
1928BUGATTI T44Y-24-1
1936JAGUAR SS100Y-01-3
1957BMW 507Y-21-4
Scale 1:40
1929MORRIS COWLEY LIGHT VANY-47-1
1929MORRIS COWLEY VANY-19-3
Scale 1:41
1911RENAULT TWO SEATERY-02-2
19304.5 LITRE BENTLEYY-02-4
1930FORD ‘A’ BREAKDOWN TRUCKY-07-4
1930FORD MODEL ‘A’ PICK-UP TRUCKY-35-1
1930FORD MODEL ‘A’ TRADESMAN WOODY WAGONY-21-2
1930FORD MODEL ‘A’ VANY-22-1
1930FORD MODEL ‘A’ WOODY WAGONY-21-1
Scale 1:42
1926FORD MODEL ‘TT’ VANY-21-5
Scale 1:43
1906UNIC TAXIY-28-1
1911FORD MODEL ‘T’ CARY-01-2
1936AUBURN SPEEDSTER 851Y-19-1
Scale 1:44
1820PASSENGER COACH & HORSESY-39-1
1880MERRYWEATHER FIRE ENGINEY-46-1
1905BUSCH SELF PROPELLED FIRE ENGINEY-43-1
1907PEUGEOTY-05-3
1928AUSTIN 7 | BMW | ROSENGARTY-65-1
1930DUESENBERG MODEL ‘J’Y-04-4
1938LAGONDA DROPHEAD COUPEY-11-3
1938LINCOLN ZEPHYRY-64-1
Scale 1:45
1931STUTZ BEARCATY-14-3
Scale 1:46
1904SPYKER VETERAN AUTOMOBILEY-16-1
1911DAIMLER TYPE A12Y-13-2
1928MERCEDES BENZ SS COUPEY-16-2
1937G.M.C. VANY-12-5
1937MERCEDES BENZ 540KY-20-1
Scale 1:47
1913MERCER RACEABOUT TYPE 35JY-07-2
1926ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM IY-36-1
1930BUGATTI ROYALE NAPOLEONY-45-1
1930PACKARD VICTORIAY-15-2
1932MODEL ‘AA’ FORD 1,5 TON TRUCKY-62-1
1933CADILLAC 452 V16Y-34-1
1933CADILLAC FIRE ENGINEY-61-1
1939BEDFORD TYPE ‘KD’ TRUCKY-63-1
Scale 1:48
1914PRINCE HENRY VAUXHALLY-02-3
1918CROSSLEYY-13-3
1918CROSSLEY DELIVERY LORRYY-26-1
1927TALBOT VANY-05-4
Scale 1:49
1909THOMAS FLYABOUTY-12-2
1912ROLLS ROYCEY-07-3
1912SIMPLEXY-09-2
1913CADILLACY-06-3
1914STUTZ TYPE 4E ROADSTERY-08-3
1920ROLLS ROYCE FIRE ENGINEY-06-4
1920ROLLS-ROYCE ARMOURED CARY-38-1
1926TYPE 35 BUGATTIY-06-2
1931MERCEDES BENZ 770Y-40-1
1937CORD 812 SEDANY-18-1
1938HISPANO SUIZAY-17-1
Scale 1:50
1911MAXWELL ROADSTERY-14-2
1923SCANIA VABIS HALF TRACK POST BUSY-16-4
1936LEYLAND CUB FIRE ENGINE FK-7Y-09-4
Scale 1:51
1912PACKARD LANDAULETY-11-2
1926MORRIS COWLEY BULLNOSEY-08-1
Scale 1:52
1906ROLLS ROYCE SILVER GHOSTY-10-3
1919WALKER ELECTRIC VANY-29-1
Scale 1:53
1928MERCEDES BENZ 36-220Y-10-2
19294,5 LITRE BENTLEYY-05-2
Scale 1:55
1908‘GRAND PRIX’ MERCEDESY-10-1
1910BENZ LIMOUSINEY-03-2
Scale 1:56
1907ROLLS ROYCE SILVER GHOSTY-15-1
1929LE MANS BENTLEYY-05-1
Scale 1:60
1929GARRETT STEAM WAGONY-37-1
1931MORRIS COURIERY-31-1
Scale 1:61
1894AVELING & PORTER STEAM ROLLERY-21-3
1918ATKINSONS ‘D’ STEAM WAGONY-18-2
1920AC MACK TRUCKY-30-1
1930MACK AC TRUCKY-33-1
1930MACK TANKERY-23-2
1939ALBION 10 TON CX27 LORRYY-42-1
Scale 1:62
1917YORKSHIRE STEAM WAGONY-08-5
1917YORKSHIRE TEAM WAGON TYPE WAY-32-1
Scale 1:63
19203 TON LEYLAND LORRYY-09-3
Scale 1:65
1829STEPHENSON’S ROCKETY-12-4
1929SCAMMEL 100 TON TRUCK-TRAILERY-16-5
Scale 1:69
1905FOWLER B6 SHOWMAN’S ENGINEY-19-2
Scale 1:70
1932MERCEDES BENZ L5 LORRYY-41-1
1932MERCEDES BENZ ‘L5’ TRUCKY-06-5
Scale 1:73
1922AEC OMNIBUSY-23-1
1922FODEN STEAM WAGONY-27-1
Scale 1:77
1929LEYLAND TITAN BUSY-05-5
1931DIDDLER TROLLEY BUSY-10-5
Scale 1:81
1920AVELING & PORTER ROAD ROLLERY-11-1
1924FOWLER ‘BIG LION’ SHOWMAN’S ENGINEY-09-1
1925ALLCHIN 7 NHP TRACTION ENGINEY-01-1
Scale 1:88
1920PRESTON TRAM CARY-15-3
Scale 1:101
1899LONDON HORSE DRAWN BUSY-12-1
1911‘B’ TYPE LONDON BUSY-02-1
19144 TON LEYLAND VANY-07-1
1916AEC ‘Y’ TYPE LORRYY-06-1
1928SENTINEL STEAM WAGONY-04-1
Scale 1:106
1762GOLD STATE COACHY-66-1
Scale 1:113
1862AMERICAN ‘GENERAL’ CLASS LOCOMOTIVE ‘SANTA FE’Y-13-1
Scale 1:131
1903‘DUKE OF CONNAUGHT’ LOCOMOTIVEY-14-1
1907LONDON ‘E’ CLASS TRAMCARY-03-1
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