Morestone 'Esso' Petrol Pump Series

No.8 Volkswagen Saloon Car (Sedan)

Morestone Esso Petrol Pump Series No.8 Volkswagen Saloon Car

No.8 Volkswagen Saloon Car (or Sedan) in the Esso Petrol Pump Series was based on the real vehicle manufactured from 1953-1958 and characterised by a small oval rear window. The Morestone model had a long life remaining on sale until 1970.

 

Several of the Esso Series models were made by Modern Products who had a foundry near the offices of Morris & Stone and the VW Sedan was one of them. It was of basic body & base construction with both bumpers being part of the base with 'Volkswagen Sedan', 'Made in England' and 'No.8' cast underneath.

 

Painted a metallic silvery-blue, the Volkswagen Sedan had unusual orange trim on the headlights, and sometimes orange or red on the filler cap, and red trim on the rear tail-lights. The wheels were unpainted metal on flat-head & crimped axles.

 

No.8 Volkswagen Sedan had four different versions of the Esso boxes.

 

When the Series was discontinued in 1959, the model was re-issued by Budgie in Mobile and Modern (type 1) boxes, and Budgie blister packs. See the Budgie Miniatures No.8 Volkswagen page for more details.

 

With such a popular model, good examples are commonly found.

Morestone Esso Petrol Pump Series No.8 Volkswagen Sedan
Morestone Esso Petrol Pump Series No.8 Volkswagen Sedan

No.8 Volkswagen Saloon Car - Summary

 

  • Issued in Esso Series : 1956-59

  • Re-issued by Budgie : 1960-70

  • Length : 58mm

  • Value (MINT model in MINT Esso box) : c.£30-40

 

Esso Boxes

 

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

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

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

  • Esso (small font,large number) number on base flap, Tanker Coupon​

 

Esso Model

 

  • Metallic SILVER-BLUE body  ORANGE headlights  SILVER base  UMW

 

Morestone Esso Petrol Pump Series No.8 Volkswagen Sedan
Morestone Esso Petrol Pump Series No.8 Volkswagen Sedan
Morestone Esso Petrol Pump Series No.8 Volkswagen Sedan

No.8 Volkswagen Sedan : Trim variations

Morestone Esso Petrol Pump Series No.8 box

Nicholas Martin Diecast

Morestone, Budgie, Benbros Vintage Toys

Britains Lilliput Vehicles     Kemlows Sentry Box

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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