Vectis was honoured to offer at auction the first part of The Ricardo Cortes-Monroy IV Matchbox Models of Yesteryear Collection, widely regarded as one of the top Yesteryear collections in the World. Encompassing factory pre-production and colour trial models, along with a whole host of rare seat, wheel and other component variations, it was an eagerly awaited sale, which allowed collectors the opportunity to fill many elusive gaps in their collections. With too many highlights to mention, here are some of the most sought after pieces!
Matchbox Models of Yesteryear Y16 1904 Spyker - Issue 6 - maroon body & chassis with type 1 cast open running board side panels, without gold trim, dark green seats, type A base with single rear ejector ring cast beneath rear axle, brass detailed type A wheels - Near Mint with tiny pin size chip to rear edge of passenger side rear wing & tiny pin size chip/box rub marks to each top corner of windscreen in Good Plus to Excellent a little discoloured & creased type D1 box illustrating two-tone green model. Still an outstanding genuine example of this rare colour.
Estimate: £1800 - £2200
Sold For: £4200
Matchbox Models of Yesteryear Y16 1904 Spyker - Pre-production Colour Trial - green body & chassis with full gold trim, dark green seats, base with single ejector ring cast below rear axle, brass type A detailed wheels with knobbly black plastic tyres - Good Plus with some paint chips, missing left hand side lamp, seats loose & rear tyre spare carrier also loose & contained within box in Good Plus type D1 box illustrating two-tone green model. Very rare model indeed.
Estimate: £1000 - £1400
Sold For: £1900
Matchbox Models of Yesteryear Y4 1930 Duesenberg Model J Town Car - Issue 1 - white body with cast open roof cross, dark yellow seats & roof, brick red chassis (orange-red), front & rear bumpers without model number cast, cast open air horns, chrome 24-spoke wheels - Near Mint with usual slight distortion to plastic roof in Good to Good Plus woodgrain window box.
Estimate: £1000 - £1200
Sold For: £2100
Matchbox Models of Yesteryear Y6 AEC Y Type Lorry "Osram Lamps" - duck egg blue body with silver trim, metal wheels with crimped axles - Excellent Plus with some surface rust to axles & slight paint loss to edge of roof in Excellent type C1 box with small tear to rear & minor ink graffiti to picture face.
Estimate: £700 - £900
Sold For: £4800
Matchbox Models of Yesteryear Y10 1928 Mercedes Benz 36/220 - Issue 1 - white body & chassis, rare black seats, twin spare wheels, base with holes - overall Excellent Plus but does have a few small chips to hood in Excellent "New Model" type D1 box.
Estimate: £700 - £900
Sold For: £1100
Matchbox Models of Yesteryear Y1 Jaguar SS100 Colour Trial model - metallic green body, black seats & folded hood, metallic silver chassis with large side lights, base without cast ribs to underside of running boards, chrome 24-spoke wheels with whitewall tyres - Mint apart from a couple of minor factory paint flaws in Excellent Plus straw window box.
Estimate: £80 - £100
Sold For: £500
Matchbox Models of Yesteryear Y6 Bugatti type 35 Pre-production colour trial - metallic emerald green body with racing number 6 decals & gold radiator, light grey dashboard, brass steering wheel & handbrake, gloss black base, brass wheels with knobbly grey plastic tyres, model differs from production version in not having the handbrake raised locating ring cast - Good Plus to Excellent with some small paint chips & brass plated parts tarnished in Good Plus "New Model" type C box with stains to one striker side & one end flap where old labels removed.
Estimate: £400 - £500
Sold For: £1000
Matchbox Models of Yesteryear Y7 1912 Rolls Royce - Issue 2 - metallic silver body with type A spare wheel carrier, dark red smooth roof & chassis, dark yellow grille & seats, type A base with holes - Excellent Plus with a few tiny chips in Good Plus a little creased "New Model" type E4 box.
Estimate: £300 - £400
Sold For: £750
Matchbox Models of Yesteryear Y12 Ford Model T Van "Motor 100" - metallic bronze body with type 3 rear doors, dark brown roof & chassis, black seats, gold plated parts, red 12-spoke wheels, rare issue with reverse colour tampo print globe illustrating blue continents with cream sea - Near Mint (body slightly loose from chassis as rivets have not been fully factory spun down in generally Good Plus maroon window box with three labels applied.
Estimate: £200 - £260
Sold For: £850