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Morestone 'Esso' Petrol Pump Series

No.3 AA Road Service Land Rover

Morestone Esso Petrol Pump Series No.3 AA Road Service Land Rover

No.3 in the Esso Series was another AA (Automobile Association) vehicle which Morris & Stone called a 'Jeep' but which was in fact a Land Rover.


Designed as a conventional 'body & base' model, the AA Land Rover was a more straightforward casting than the AA/RAC motorcycles requiring just two main sections. The four wheels were metal. On early versions the bonnet casting included a hole for a spare wheel to be attached using a short flat-head pin which was crimped on the inside.


The body had quite good detail on the front and 'AA Road Service' on each side but at the rear there was no attempt to include windows or tailgate unlike the similar Benbros version (Mighty Midget No.34).


The base slotted into the body at the front below the bumper and was rivetted at the rear. It included a driver and four axle holders for the wheels, and had 'Made in England' cast in the centre. 


No.3 AA Land Rover was painted yellow both inside and out including the base. The black glossy roof and the trim on the side castings were overpainted. There was usually no silver trim on the front but some early models seem to have had this added.


The large metal wheels including the spare when added were painted black. The axles were flat-head & crimped.


Apart from the silver trim and the spare wheel, there were no changes to the AA Land Rover. The paint finish on them, especially early models, seems to have been prone to peeling and it did not have a long run. It was not included in the Budgie Miniatures range. 


The AA Land Rover appeared in two variations of Esso Petrol Pump boxes, both showing a line-drawing of a model with a spare wheel on the bonnet. The second box had a large number added above the picture. Printed on the base flap was the usual Garage Offer and a Coupon was included inside. Later boxes had the flap overstamped with the offer-end date.


Although a neat model better made than the Benbros version, No.3 AA Land Rover is not easy to find in mint condition. The variation with a spare wheel on the bonnet is rare.

Morestone Esso Petrol Pump Series No.3 AA Land Rover
Morestone Esso Petrol Pump Series No.3 AA Land Rover

No.3 AA Land Rover : variation 2 without spare wheel or front trim

No.3 AA Land Rover - Summary


  • Issued in Esso Series : 1956-58

  • Length : 54mm




  • Esso (small font) Garage Offer on base flap, Garage Coupon

  • Esso (small font, large number in panel) Offer overstamped, Garage Coupon


Model Variations


  • (1) YELLOW,  BLACK spare wheel on bonnet,  BLACK pmw

  • (2) YELLOW,  NO spare wheel,  BLACK pmw

Variation 1: playworn examples showing spare wheel & bonnet casting

 (silver trim on some -  brown roof not thought to be original) 

Morestone Esso Petrol Pump Series No.3 AA Land Rover
Morestone Esso Petrol Pump Series No.3 box

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