Morestone 'Esso' Petrol Pump Series
No.4 AA Bedford Service Van
The last AA (Automobile Association) model in the Esso Petrol Pump Series was No.4 Bedford Service Van. It is said that Sam Morris, owner of Morris & Stone, used Bedford vans for his business so perhaps that was why it was included in the range.
Cast in two parts, the model was a straightforward body & base design. The base fitted into a slot in the centre of the front bumper and was rivetted at the rear.
Detail on the body casting was quite good on the front and sides of the model and depicted the characteristic sliding doors nicely. 'AA Road Service' was included on the van sides. Sadly, the rear of the model was much less accurate with no evidence of the access doors or bumper.
Painted yellow in the colours of the AA, the side logo was picked out in black trim and also on some models the sliding door runner. On the grille silver trim was added. There was a bit of variation in the colour yellow with later versions having a lime-yellow colour in semi-matt finish.
The base was always painted semi-matt black. 'AA Road Service Bedford No.4' and 'Made in England' was cast lengthwise between the axles.
Two types of wheels were used on the Bedford van, large unpainted metal on early models and slightly smaller black painted metal ones on later models, both on flat-head & crimped axles.
No.4 AA Bedford Van was probably quite popular and ran to two box types, the first without a large number, the second with the number added to the picture side and the base overstamped. However, it was not included in the Budgie Miniatures range.
Although popular, the Bedford van is not easy to find in good condition but does not carry a premium value.
No.4 AA Bedford Service Van - Summary
Issued in Esso Series : 1956-58
Length : 57mm
Value (MINT model in MINT box) : c.£30-40
Esso (small font & number) Garage Offer on base flap, Garage Coupon
Esso (small font, large number) Offer overstamped, Garage Coupon
(1) YELLOW black trim on side logo matt-black base UMW
(2) YELLOW black trim on side logo and door slider matt-black base PMW