First large-scale vehicle purchase

Today, Royal Mail has a fleet of more than 49,000 vehicles. In the 1920s, 200 Fords were acquired together with 14 Canadian Willys Overland Crossley vans (the latter mainly for urban areas).

This was the first large-scale vehicle purchase for postal operations. By February 1925, the fleet totalled 1,819 vehicles. This model die-cast 'MATCHBOX 1912 FORD MODEL T' postal van in its original packaging commemorates the fleet of Fords.

There is a note on the packaging that says that this model was 'based on the undying and sturdy Model T chassis, this robust and efficient van served many a tradesman throughout the 1910s and 1920s’.

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