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.
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 (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
SILVER body no trim RED driver & base UMW
Details of later versions, boxes and packs on Budgie Miniatures pages