Morestone 'Esso' Petrol Pump Series
No.19 Rover 105
The Rover 105R 'Rovermatic' car was launched in October 1956 with the first British-built automatic transmission. Morestone added their model as No.19 in the Esso Petrol Pump Series a year later. It had a long life being in production until 1970.
Manufactured for Morestone by Modern Products Ltd, the Rover was a well made but slightly dull model. It had a conventional body & base construction and standard unpainted metal wheels on flat-head & crimped axles.
Coloured green, the model was given silver trim on the grille, headlights and front & rear bumpers. The gloss black base had 'Rover 105 Rovermatic' and 'Made in England' on it with 'No.19' cast directly onto the flat base. Later re-issues had an altered base; details are on the Budgie Miniatures No.19 Rover 105 page.
Issued after the Garage Offer ended, No.19 Rover 105 had an Esso box with a large number in a circle on the base flap with a Tanker Coupon included inside.
Being well made and having a long life, the Rover is among the most common models in the Esso Series and mint models are not hard to find.
No.19 Rover 105 - Summary
Issued in Esso Series : 1957-59
Re-issued by Budgie : 1960-70
Length : 65mm
Esso (large font), Number in circle on base flap, Tanker Coupon
GREEN body, silver trim, gloss BLACK base, umw
Details of later versions, boxes and packs on Budgie Miniatures pages