In 1960, a new model was added to the MoYY lineup; the 1907 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost. This is a very famous car, and is extremely highly regarded in Britain. With this addition, the MoYY lineup began to put a much higher emphasis on cars, and less on esoteric work vehicles, trucks and trams. It was also the start of the trend towards larger models (you can see it’s much larger than the Bullnose in the photo on the previous page!) with more elaborate packaging, higher detail and, not surprisingly, higher prices.
While this car was indeed the first new car to be issued in the MoYY lineup, the example seen here is actually a later issue. This can be seen by the box. Earlier MoYYs would have had a full colour, printed box, like the Bentley 4.5 Litre (S) and Bugatti 35. Later MoYYs used a new “window” box, that showed the car that was actually in the box. This is interesting because it means that the box is larger, and harder to produce. Now, MoYY boxes had two components, and the “window” was very fragile.
However, just because there was a window, didn’t mean that the folks at Lesney let the great art they’d developed for the boxes go to waste. In the window boxes, the art was on the back, along with a writeup, and a scale callout (yay!). The end flaps of the box were also elaborate, with a nice illustration so buyers would see what they were pulling off a shelf, even if the boxes were crowded. All these improvements did come with a price; this particular example cost $1.04, despite the fact that the Canadian list price was only $0.98 in the catalogue. Thanks, K-Mart… way to be.
This model is a replica of the very famous first Silver Ghost, and even has the iconic AX201 licence plate on both front and rear. Oddly, though, while the real car was painted silver (Makes sense, right?), the MoYY is a light “ice green” spectraflame colour. This is a very beautiful colour, and as you can see, almost glows when photographed. The problem is, it is dead wrong. Why a British company would do this is unknown to nearly all collectors; the problem was only rectified in a much later version, which finally was issued in silver. There’s also a very rare white version of the late one, too.