Morestone 'Esso' Petrol Pump Series

No.7 Mercedes-Benz Racing Car

Morestone Esso Petrol Pump Series No.7 Mercedes-Benz Racing Car

Second of the racing cars in the Esso Petrol Pump Series was No.7 Mercedes-Benz. In 1954 Mercedes re-entered motor racing when Formula 1 became the new standard for Grand Prix races and the vehicle they introduced was an instantly recognisable streamlined silver car, the W196R, driven by Juan Fangio. In fact the car was soon modified but the Morestone model of it proved to be a long-lived toy, remaining in production until 1965.

 

Morestone successfully reproduced the elegant lines of the original car and coloured it like the real one a silky silver without trim or embellishment. A red painted base included the driver and was fixed to the body by a central rivet. 'No.7 Mercedes Benz' and 'Made in England' were cast underneath.

 

Large unpainted metal wheels were used on the model with flat-head & crimped axles.

 

The Mercedes-Benz appeared in all three types of the Esso boxes.

 

In 1959 when the Esso Series were discontinued, the model was re-issued in 'Mobile' and 'Modern' (type 1) boxes and Budgie blister packs. More details on the Budgie Miniatures No.7 Mercedes-Benz page.

 

No.7 Mercedes-Benz Racing Car can be commonly found and with its silver finish is often in good condition, but some boxes are harder to find. 

Morestone Esso Petrol Pump Series No.7 Mercedes-Benz Racing Car
Morestone Esso Petrol Pump Series No.7 Mercedes-Benz Racing Car

No.7 Mercedes-Benz Racing Car - Summary

 

  • Issued in Esso Series : 1956-59

  • Re-issued by Budgie : 1960-65

  • Length : 60mm

  • Value (MINT model in MINT Esso box) : c.£20-30

 

Esso Boxes

 

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

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

  • Esso (large font & number) Number on base flap, Tanker Coupon

 

Esso Model

 

  • SILVER body    no trim    RED driver & base    UMW

 

Morestone Esso Petrol Pump Series No.7 box

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Abbreviations used on Nicholas Martin Diecast

   

  • bpw  - black plastic wheels

  • pmw - painted metal wheels

  • pw    - plastic wheels

  • spw  - silver plastic wheels

  • um    - unpainted metal

  • umw - unpainted metal wheels

  • id.     - maker's identification

 

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