The Matchbox Convoy Project - Definitions

Definitions - Talking the Talk

This page let you know what we are talking about and what we mean when we say it.
First we will give you an example, then explain all the notes then provide another example with more variations.

Series: CY009A - Kenworth Aerodyne Conventional Cab with Box Trailer
Photo credit: John Baum
CabMB103 - Kenworth Aerodyne Conventional Cab
Cab Detail red
Trailer Detailred container and base, Thailand, SKITTLES labels

Series: The top of each page will have the Convoy series number with the common truck cab and trailer listed. The series are as follows:
  1. TP - The fore runners of the current Convoy series. The real name of the series is Matchbox 900, but this line was given the nickname from the "Two Pack" and "Twinpack" (TP) which it was part of.
  2. CY - The most common series, good old plain jane truck and trailer combinations
  3. TM and TC - Team Matchbox was first introduced in 1985 as a secondary Convoy line which included team transporters and two vehicles. By 1988, the line was renamed Team Convoy. Team Convoy included some of the Team Matchbox, but also included a combination of one Convoy plus one miniature. Several models were never numbered, however in late 1992, a CY111A was issued for Australia which includes a Team Matchbox type issue. As this has a CY rather than a TM or TC number, these are listed in the Convoy section. White Rose Collectibles introduced Team Convoy sets in 1990 with numbers starting at TC number 54.
  4. CCY - The most recently introduced line, these have more details and are adult collectibles. This line is also known as Ultras
  5. DYM - Basically the same as the CCY's but issued under the Dinky and Yesteryear lines.
SIDE BOXES: One the left hand side are a group of abbreviations which defines the specific model pictured.
  1. Variation: This stands for the common listed variation of the series. The numbers are the previously published variation while the letters are the sub-variation that had not been published. The published variation will always be "a"
  2. Cab: This is the specific truck/tractor MAN number for this variation (see the "CABS" page for detailed listing). Normally this will be the same as the model listed at the top of the page, but there are exceptions throughout the convoy line.
  3. Manufacture: This is the country where the Truck/Tractor was made. Normally it will be either England, Macau, Thailand, or China. Sometimes this is the only difference between the variations.
  4. Trailer: This would be the specific trailer model of this combination. While the top of the page provides the generic trailer type, there are variations among the trailer. See the "TRAILERS" page for detailed listing.
  5. Livery: This is the name found on the side of the Truck and/or Trailer
  6. Code: This defines who put the Livery on the Truck/Trailer. The codes are as follows
    1. Code 1 - Regular issued model including most WhiteRose models.
    2. Code 2 - Limited issued of promotional nature made by a third party but authorized by Matchbox. Normally produced by A.S.A.P., ColorComp, or AdTrucks. These combinations normally have white cabs and white trailer.
    3. Code 3 - Any privatley labeled models, by companies or individuals, that was not approved by Matchbox
    4. Code 4 - Matchbox limited quantity models (one-offs) not put on general sale. Normally company issued gifts to individuals or organization.
    5. PP - Pre-Production - Factory mockups of convoys issued or a small production run that was not issued to the public normally due to problems with licensing. This group also includes what collectors call as "lunch box specials," models made by one employee at the factory that differed from the regular production run.
  7. Rarity: This gives you an idea of how hard it is to find this specific variation on a one to five scale, with one being going to a local toy store and getting it off the self, and five being having to wait until a collector dies or gets a divorce.
BOTTOM BOXES: One the bottom will be the specific details of the Truck and Trailer and any differences found from the "a" variation. Those differences would normally be in red for easy identification. Follows is a list of what may be found in this area.
  1. Truck: Colors of the cab, chassis and base, if different from the cab. Markings on the cab such as stripes, listed in order from top to bottom, tampo (painted) printing, decals or other cab markings. Window colors, exhaust coloring, an tires if different from the norm.
  2. Trailer: Color of the trailer base, the main body, and body parts. The type of labeling on the trailer such as paper or vinyl labels, decals or tempo printed, and a description of the load, if any.
  3. Notes: Additional information of interest or history about the specific model.

Series: CY017 - Scania T 142 Cab with Tanker Trailer
Photo credit: John Baum
CabMB147 - Scania T 142 Cab
Cab Detail white, dark gray chassis, black base
Trailer Detailwhite tank, dark gray base, FEOSO tampo

What is a variation?

That is the $50 question. Most collectors would agree that a variation would be a change in any of the components from the "a" variation. The Scania above was first issued with a black base and this model has a silver base, this makes it a variation. Different distinct color differences in cabs, chassis, bases, roofs, exhaust and complete wheel sets (single axle sets changes are normally classified as factory errors) and signage placements are definite variations. Slight color changes are more attributable to factory paint mixing, and are generally not considered as a variation.

One of the first projects will be to come up with a simple way of identifying the different models. We are open to suggestions. The following is one plan that is based on the current identifier system. Please send comments or suggestions to:

Numbering System Used in this Guide


Two or three letters representing the model Series (TP, CY, CCY, TM, TC, or DYM)
Two or three Numbers followed by a Letter representing the Matchbox model number
Two or three Digits followed by a Letter representing the different variations of that model


CY004A-01a - Scania box truck with white cab, white container, black trailer with "Ansett" labels to the front (a documented variation)

CY004A-02a - Scania box truck with white cab, white container, black trailer with "Ansett" labels to the rear (another documented variation)

If we found and verified the same model with one label to the front and the other label to the rear it would be numbered as:

CY-004-02b - Scania box truck with white cab, white container, black trailer with one "Ansett" labels to the front and the other label to the rear. (a previously unreported variation)

The variations that sets these model apart from the other two models would be listed in a contrasting color for easy identification.