The Matchbox ’55 Ford F-100 Panel Delivery makes a stunning return in light matte blue…

I don’t know what it is about blue, but it has always been my favourite colour. I’ve always loved the calmness that exudes from it. There are so many shades and variations, and all of them are beautiful when executed right. And Matchbox seem to be brilliant at executing blue cars – the latest iteration of the Ford F-100 Panel Delivery is a great addition to the lineup.


Ignoring the model that appeared at the Matchbox gathering, the van debuted in 2008 in orange with “Farmer’s Market” tampos. Since then we’ve seen it in a wide variety of attractive colours and liveries.


Now, with the “MBX City Store” side tampos and gorgeous disc wheels, this truck looks smarter than ever.


Wondering what that orange text is beneath “MBX CITY STORE”? It’s damn near impossible to read, but it says “We Deliver”. You’ll also see “Open All Year” and “Truck 11”. Sounds to me like Matchbox needs to have some 1:1 vans like this, delivering their own product…


The detail around the rear with the moulding of the doors, handle, tail lights and license plate is great. However, this being a large casting with a big side-space, we see side tampos instead of front/rear. This being a delivery van, we can deal with that. However surely it can’t cost that much extra to do one more side?


I have seen comments regarding the colour, where some people feel as though it would have deserved a satin or a gloss blue. I disagree. I think the matte looks great, and the photos show it. The lack of glare brings out the detail nicely.


Blue additions to my favourite Orange brand are always welcome here – each time a blue licensed Matchbox appears, it’s a home run. Think Buick Century Police and Land Rover Ninety:



The new for 2016 Volkswagen Transporter double-cab, with the fun variation in the rear deck:



The 2013 Ford Cargo recolour:


The Lesney Edition Cadillac Hearse, a casting we are unlikely to see ever again:


One of my all-time favourite castings, the Superfast 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood:


The legacy of beautiful blue goes all the way back to the Lesney era, with cars like the Iso Grifo and the Leyland truck:


And perhaps the Holy Grail find for me will someday be the blue Toyota Land Cruiser – until then, enjoy this photo by Phil’s 1stPix on Flickr.


The list could go on and on, as I’m sure you know, and there are far too many desirable models here to list individually. There are Matchbox aplenty from the past that I still want to collect, but there seems to be plenty to look forward to in the future as well, especially now as Matchbox is returning to its roots.


Thanks for reading.


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